|Address: Walnut Tree Hill and Black Bridge
Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Louis R. Wasserman (7 Acres - 1977) & Myertin Associates (4 Acres)
Acres Owned by NFA: 11
Abutting Preserved Property:
State owned > Rocky Glen State Park
Town owned > (3 parcels)
Parking and access: On Walnut Tree Hill 400 feet from trail head and Black Bridge Road.
Trails: Yes, Steep
This NFA owned 7 acre wooded parcel is located off Walnut Tree Hill Road within Rocky Glen State Park. It
contains typical northern forest tree species including some very large hemlock and oak trees. The rolling
topography leads to a steep cliff point overlooking the Pootatuck River and Black Bridge with a recently
installed fence for safety. Down below and bordering the southern boundary is Rocky Glen State Park. From
this end of the parcel you have view to the south across the rolling hills to Fairfield Hills. Access to this point is
found from the park below and provides hiking access from Walnut Tree Hill Road to Rocky Glen State Park.
This parcel is bounded on the north side by land owned by the Town of Newtown. Al’s trail, a 10+ mile long
Town of Newtown trail that connects the Old Fairfield Hills Hospital campus with Paugusset State Forest North
crosses the property as well.
400 feet below is the swift-running Pootatuck River and the Shorewood building, known to old timers as the
Dutch Rubber factory or the Upper factory. Thus, the Wasserman property looks down onto some of Newtown’
s most picturesque nineteenth century scenes.
At the northerly boundary of Rocky Glen State Park sits the Myertin Associates Black Bridge Road parcel of 4
acres of very steep topography (140’) which contributes to the preservation of the hillside vista that enhances
the setting of the old Fabric Fire Hose Company Building on Glen Road which it is across the river from.
GEOCACHING THIS PROPERTY
|December 2004 - Sign Posting
off of Walnut Tree Hill
|Approach to the senice overlook
facing north over Pootatuck River
|From Black Bridge looking up
to the senic overlook