Darling Road Preserve is part of a large block of unbroken forest and is adjacent to other protected lands. The unbroken forest provides important nesting habitat for many interior forest bird species including the Scarlet Tanager and the threatened Cerulean Warbler. There are over 2.5 miles of well-marked trails. The 5-Town Trail, known as the Goodwin Trail, passes through DRP along part of the existing trail system.
Darling Road Preserve’s 109 acres were purchased from the Litsky Family in two separate purchases. These purchases were made possible by generous donations from Salem residents, The Town of Salem, the Lyme and East Haddam Land Trusts, The Nature Conservancy and corporate matching funds. In addition SLT received grants from Dominion, the State of CT, the Bafflin Foundation, Fields and Ponds Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the SECT Community Foundation and Vanguard.
The DRP trails map shows the trails on the Preserve as well as on the preserved adjacent land. Dogs are allowed on leashes, but no hunting or motorized vehicles.
DIRECTIONS: Parking area at 428 Darling Rd.
From Salem 4-corners: West, [toward East Haddam] onto Rt. 82 for 1.2 mi., then left on Darling Rd. for 0.3 mi., right onto White Birch Rd. for 0.6 mi., straight ahead to Darling Rd. for 0.7 mi. Preserve entrance, with brown kiosk and Trail Map, is on the left. Or park along road or 0.2 miles further at The Nature Conservancy owned Winslow Property.