The Salem Riverside Preserve was generously donated to the Salem Land Trust in 2018. It is 4.6-acres of woodland along the East Branch of the Eightmile River. There is a lovely short walking trail from Darling Rd. to a peaceful riverside overlook surrounded by a small beech grove.
The river frontage is in its natural state. In the spring a healthy vernal pool containing clusters of Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander eggs can be found. The forest is partly oak/beech/maple upland, and partly pine/hardwood upland. The river banks are lined with laurel and much of the understory of the forested areas is blueberry and huckleberry.
The riverbank view looks across at forest and farm land that is under conservation easement, that will never be developed.
Directions to 345 R Darling Rd.
From Salem Roundabout: West, toward East Haddam, on Rt. 82 for 1.2 mi., left on Darling Rd. for 0.3 mi., bear to right onto White Birch Rd. for 0.6 mi., after road turns back to Darling Rd. Look for Preserve sign on right. You may park in the cleared area just inside the opening in the stonewall.