Meeker Swamp and The Viewing Platform
Meeker Swamp is a unique calcareous wetland – a chalky limestone-based geology rarely found east of the Appalachian Mountains. One of the last significant calcareous ecosystems in the Northeast Hills, it encompasses over 300 acres and includes part of the Bee Brook stream, wet meadows and agricultural fields as well as an adjacent ridge of talus slopes and rocky outcroppings. An excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife, the preserve overlies one of Washington’s largest aquifers and protects the town’s drinking water supply.
Directions: Follow the Yellow Circle Trail from the parking area. The entire 15-minute trek is flat. The grassy trail crosses over Bee Brook and then passes through a large meadow teaming with birds, butterflies and other wildlife. After leaving the meadow, the trail traverses the edge of a large hay field, leading to an elevated platform providing visitors with a bird’s-eye view of the expansive Meeker Swamp. (0.77-mile one-way)