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Directions

From I-91 take Exit 24 (99, Wethersfield/Rocky Hill) turn right onto the Silas Deane Highway (SR-99) heading southbound or left heading northbound and continue to the traffic light at the intersection of Elm Street/SR-160 (1.2 miles). At this intersection turn left and stay to the right onto Glastonbury Avenue/SR-160. Follow Glastonbury Avenue to a stop sign at the railroad crossing (0.5 mile). The road turns sharply to the left after crossing the railroad track and becomes Meadow Road. Follow Meadow Road beyond the ferry landing and Ferry Park to a bar- gate (0.2 mile) leading to Rocky Hill Meadows. At the bar-gate the road becomes Great Meadow Road.

An alternate route if traveling from the south is to take I-91 to Exit 23 (West Street, Rocky Hill), turn right and travel east on West Street for 0.4 mile to a traffic light at the intersection of Gilbert Avenue. Turn left at Gilbert Avenue and continue to Elm Street/SR-160 (0.4 mile) at the stop sign/blinking traffic light. Turn right and follow Elm Street for 1.4 miles through the traffic light on the Silas Deane Highway (SR-99). Bear to the right after crossing SR-99, staying on SR-160 which now becomes Glastonbury Avenue as described above.

Great Meadow Road and North Meadow Lane are town roads and can be legally driven; all other lanes and side spurs are privately owned and permission must be obtained from the property owner(s) to access these areas. The road and lane are primarily dirt and can be very dusty from July through September, and during other seasons wet and muddy, especially after rainstorms and in early spring. The road and lane are not open after dark; access is only allowed during daylight hours.

Note: The gate is occasionally closed in spring and other times of the year when the Connecticut River crests and/or approaches flood stage. During such times, the meadows area can be partially or completely flooded.

Birding

The meadows can be birded in one to two hours by driving along the town road and lane. It will take longer however, if you spend more time on foot and survey Ferry Park and the woodland edges. After entering the meadows the best birding strategy is to drive slowly along Great Meadow Road and North Meadow Lane stopping periodically to check the fields and hedgerows. A scope is recommended here as many shorebirds can be a considerable distance from roadside.

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