|Address: 13 Echo Valley Road
Donated: March 12, 1975 by Newtown Ninety Associates
Total Acres Preserved & Owned by NFA: 14.94
Parking and access: Echo Valley Road adjacent to tressel foundation.
Topographic Features: Ponds, Wetlands, Streams, raised railbed
Trail: Limited - Hike the rail bed - short but some great elevated views.
At the northeast corner of the property resides a fieldstone dam and spillway originally built in 1867.
This property is split down the middle by a raised abandoned railbed that was created in 1885. When the railbed was
installed in 1885 the pond was to be split and connected by an underground tunnel that was six foot by eight foot made
of cut stone and masonry.
To the northern side of the railbed resides a 5+ acre lake suitable for fishing. To the southern side of the railbed
resides approximately 5 acres of wetlands, shallow ponds and vernal pools. On both sides of the railbed and
surrounding the ponds and wetlands resides 5 acres of woodlands.
In 1989 the NFA cleared the north and south pond connecting tunnel under the railbed after years of continually having
to clear beavers abodes that occationally flooded Hanover Road. In addition grating was installed to prevent beaver
dwellings to accumulate in the tunnels. The railbed was cut down to the level of Echo Valley Road to permit safe
cleaning of the grating placed infront of a new culvert pipe.
|November 2004 - Sign Posting
off of Echo Valley Road
|Pond view facing west
|Raised abandoned rail bed