Devil's Den Preserve in Redding, Weston reopens after over a year

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View of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the Great Ledge at Devil's Den Nature Preserve in Redding, Conn.

View of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the Great Ledge at Devil's Den Nature Preserve in Redding, Conn.

Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

WESTON — After being closed to the public for more than a year, Devil’s Den Preserve reopened to visitors last weekend and expects to remain open daily.

The Nature Conservancy announced the preserve reopened to visitors Sunday, and will be open from sunrise to 5 p.m. daily for anyone who wants to visit the 1,800 acres of property.

Devil’s Den is the Nature Conservancy’s biggest preserve in Connecticut. It features woodlands, wetlands, rock ledges, a series of ridges and valleys, streams and swamps. Hiking and bird watching are popular at the spot.

The preserve is expected to resume its usual operating hours — from sunrise to sunset — as the Nature Conservancy continues to implement its reopening plan.

The Nature Conservancy announced on March 22, 2020, that Devil’s Den in Weston and Redding would be closed until further notice as the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the area.

TNC said the decision came after a “dramatic increase” in visitors at Devil’s Den, including large groups that were gathering there without social distancing. Officials said another factor to the decision was visitors disregarding requests to not block emergency access while parking on local roads.

For more information about the preserve, visit its website or call the visitor information line at 203-226-4991 and select “4.”