Size: Round Pond (46-acres), Fish Hook (15 acres)
Features: Kayak access, shaded trails, varied terrain, tidal flats, sunset views. Great birding: from Fish Hook, eagles, ospreys, loons, kingfishers, and assorted wading birds, and from Round Pond warblers and forest songbirds.
Directions: From ferry, go left on Sands Road for 0.4 miles, then right on Old Harbor Road for 0.3 miles, then bearing slightly left onto North Haven Road for 2.3 miles, at which point you reach the junction of North Haven Road and Calderwood's Neck Road.
Round Pond Trail – Bear left at this intersection (North Haven Road) and park in gravel pull-off 0.4 miles on the right.
Fish Hook Preserve – bear right at the intersection (Calderwood Neck Road) and park in gravel lot 1.1 miles on left.
Round Pond Trail – From the gravel parking lot adjacent to Round Pond, two new trails provide a quick and dramatic entry for hikers. A short (1/10 mile) trail follows a forgotten stretch of an old town road through mature spruces and granite outcrops to an open ledge where hikers can sit on a rustic bench and enjoy a scenic overlook of Round Pond.
Partway up this trail, another short trail (1/10 mile) branches off to the left. This trail takes hikers sharply uphill, around and through some massive granite ledges, and then levels off to connect with existing trails. Though the initial climb adds a bit more challenge, the steep section is short enough that most hikers can easily reach the crest of the hill.
Fish Hook Preserve – As you hike down the first hill here, you’ll see a trail branching to the left which leads to a map kiosk. From here, the trail continues to follow the shore all the way through Fish Hook Preserve, offering several panoramic views from rocky overlooks. Benches in these spots allow hikers to relax and enjoy the scenery, and the shallow bay and coves surrounding the Fish Hook peninsula usually offer glimpses of ducks, herons, osprey, and eagles. Though the grades are easy, this half-mile long trail crosses a few ledgy spots where hikers will want to pay closer attention to their steps. The trail brings hikers out onto Calderwood Neck Road, about a quarter-mile from the parking lot, and very close to the Carrying Place Bridge—where more trails await.