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Belton Copp Preserve


14 Smith Neck Rd. The entrance is marked by a large cedar tree and small granite bench.



Limited parking along the property at is allowed, with plenty of additional parking at the nearby state launch ramp.



Easy & Brief

4 acres

This preserve offers expansive marshland views; the State of CT has protected 32 acres of the adjacent wetlands. The trail is a short, very easy walk and feels a bit like a maze through high thickets. A multitude of birds of many varieties can be seen here, including osprey which nest in the adjacent tidal marsh.


History: This four-acre parcel was donated by Belton Copp, a cofounder of OLLT who was also a lawyer, World War II veteran and conservationist. He served as trustee for The Conservation and Research Foundation which helped develop techniques for non-governmental entities to preserve land.


Note: Be careful to stay on the trail as the thicket does contain poison ivy.

Sunset from Belton Copp preserve

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Bench towards view

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