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River Ramblers Hike to Orenaug Tower Outlook

The Pomperaug River Water Coalition will continue its series of Sunday afternoon hikes that began in June during Connecticut Trails Day Weekend with a hike to Nonnewaug Falls. Each hike in the “River Ramblers” series invites people to explore a variety of public lands along the river to observe habitat and wildlife and to see different river processes in action. During these outings, we will also provide an overview of river processes and take a brief look at the cultural and geological history unique to each site.

On Sunday August 6th, there will be a moderate to steep hike to the Orenaug Fire Tower, which offers a 360 degree view of Woodbury and the surrounding watershed. Participants should meet at the Woodbury Senior Center, 281 Main Street South, at 3:00 pm.

After hiking to the fire tower, we will drive to Three Rivers Park, located at the junction of Jacks Bridge Road and Route 47, for a short walk and to observe the confluence of the Weekeepeemee River and Nonnewaug River, which converge into the Pomperaug River.

From the confluence, the Pomperaug River stretches more than 13 miles downstream to the point it joins Lake Zoar in Southbury. The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition uses science to understand how our human activity impacts the quality and quantity of water both in our rivers and in the underground aquifers. PRWC shares that understanding with our communities, and find tangible ways to take care of our most valuable resource - water.

River Ramblers is a FREE program, but pre-registration is appreciated, either through email at or phone at 203-263-0076. Please dress for outside, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks, and be prepared for nuisance bugs. Sunday programs are rain or shine (thunderstorms will cancel). Please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns.

PRWC sponsors support programs and initiatives which preserve and protect the quality and quantity of our water and foster environmental stewardship. Sponsorship demonstrates a commitment to the protection of water resources today and for future generations.

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