Orange Land Trust to lead tour of overlook

ORANGE >> The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided walk at the Housatonic Overlook area Saturday, April 9.

People should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the end of High Ridge Road (off Derby-Milford Road). The walk should take about two hours.

This event will include a viewing of the Housatonic River, looking up and down the valley from atop Tucker’s Ridge, which is about 200 feet above the river, and a walk through the easy to moderately difficult trails in this area.

Walkers will learn some interesting information about the Housatonic, one of Connecticut’s three major rivers that reach Long Island Sound, and yes, it is true, Orange has a coastline.

The hike will take us through a beautiful rocky, wooded landscape, typical of areas on “higher ground” around Connecticut. Many of the trails are lined by Connecticut’s state flower — the mountain laurel.

It will be too early to see the mountain laurel in bloom, but it is the right season to catch sight of a bald eagle soaring above the river. Compact binoculars will help in this and always add to the enjoyment of the outdoors.

Hikers will be joined by the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team. They will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.

Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. Organizers recommend hiking boots, shoes or shoes, sneakers with a good tread. A hiking stick or trekking pole can be helpful.

This hike is free, not difficult, and always a pleasure. All are welcome, bring a friend. Only steady rain showers or severe weather will cancel. Park along the end of road.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.