Land Resources

A Scenic Highway Of Nature Preserves

The old Salem and Norwich Turnpike — today's Route 82 — twists and turns through East Haddam, Hadlyme, Lyme, back into East Haddam and into Salem. While the road's geography will sometimes leave your head spinning, there are a few stops in the natural world along the way to help you gain your bearings.

Much of the eastern portion of the highway takes visitors through the Eightmile River watershed, a federally designated National Wild & Scenic Rivers system. The 40,000-acre watershed is a pristine landscape with huge, unfragmented blocks of forest, crystal clear streams and waterfalls, and communities nearby that have remained relatively unchanged since the...