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Harrington Beach State Park Nature

Explore the white cedar swamp in the eastern section of the park by following the 0.5-mile nature trail that begins behind the north picnic area. Before the trees leaf out and shade the forest floor, spring flowers carpet the ground in April and May. Among the earliest to be seen is the marsh marigold with its shiny green leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Spring, summer or fall a walk around Quarry Lake on the hiking trail that rings it is sure to be enjoyable. The deep, serene waters of this 26-acre lake are surrounded by limestone ledges out of which white cedars grow.

During the spring and fall migrations, Quarry Lake and Puckett's Pond are resting and feeding spots for many species of ducks, including the wood duck with it's beautiful plumage. Birders will also want to visit Harrington Beach for the annual hawk migration.

In late summer the fields of the upper park come into their glory, as Queen Anne's lace, asters and goldenrod come into bloom. Adding to this colorful spectacle in late August, monarch butterflies gather for their fall migration. Nature photographers will want to bring their cameras and plenty of film as they walk the 0.5-mile Bobolink hiking trail.

The park is a wildlife refuge, home to whitetail deer and many other animals. Early mornings and evenings visitors can see deer emerging from the woods and crossing the open fields of the upper park.

Last revised: Monday May 14 2012