Beebe Pond Parks combines rich local history with natural beauty in the form of diverse ecology and geologic wonders. Large rock outcroppings and boulders deposited from glaciers are found throughout the trail system making for an exciting hike that is best describe as moderate even with minimal elevation gain. A network of trails include the main blue-blazed loop which extends just under 2 miles, and follows the edge of the pond to the dam, then descends to the section of the historic lower dam and old foundations of the ice house. Trails on the southern portion of the property are narrow and rocky and many roots and travel around Beebe Pond. Gentler trails exist on the northern end of the park.
Beebe Pond Park is part of the X-Town Trail, a six mile trail that connects Bluff Point State Park to Towns End.
Beebe Pond Park is a 99 acre park purchased by the Town with federal, state and local funds. It is located at the intersection of 851 Noank Road (CT Route 215) and Fishtown Road. Beebe Pond was a major source of ice for the town before the advent of refrigeration. The stone dam and ice house foundation are still present at the southern end of the pond. The trail system can be accessed from a small parking area on Noank Road or from an access point in the vicinity of 201 Judson Avenue and the southernmost point of Capstan Avenue.
For more information, visit the Groton Parks & Recreation website or contact:
I-95 N & S: I-95 to Exit 89, go south on Allyn Street; stay on Allyn as it crosses Route 1, then becomes West Mystic Avenue. Turn right onto Route 215 (Noank Road); travel about one mile. Trail entrance is on the right just before Beebe Cove. Two alternate entrances are located off Judson and Capstan avenues.
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