Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chatfield Trail, Killingworth

4.7 mile trail, with a ¾ mile alternate trail to make loop hikes possible.

The Chatfield Trail runs between Route 80 and River Road in Killingworth, just south of Chatfield Hollow State Park.  The north section of the trail travels through Foster Pond State Park, an undeveloped section of the Cockaponset State Forest.  The southern section skirts state land and wanders through some privately owned property. I couldn't find good maps on line, so here's one more good reason to go out and buy the Connecticut Walk Books.  Chatfield Trail is in the East book.

The north trailhead, with parking for about eight cars, is ¼ mile west of the state park on Route 80.  And old forest road starts you off from the parking area.  There’s also a new trailhead right across the street from the Chatfield Hollow entrance – it joins up with the main trail about a ¼ mile in.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Salmon River Trail

Colchester CT
6.7 mile loop trail through the Salmon River State Forest and the Day Pond Brook State Park.

    Trail Map                  Salmon River State Forest              Day Pond State Park

The Salmon River Trail starts with a stroll across one of the last active covered bridges in Connecticut, the Comstock Bridge.  This photo is from a great site that chronicles the covered bridges in the state.  The bridge was built in the 1870’s for horse and buggy, and then pedestrian, traffic. 

But here’s the state of the bridge today.  It was starting to sag and fail, and the great news is that instead of being replaced with a modern bridge, it’s being restored with much of the original material and design.  Expected completion next June.  You can catch up on the details here

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Black and White

For all the research I do about the park or forest I'm hiking, sometimes there's a welcome surprise or two. While I finish cleaning up the photos, here are a few shots of the day.

For any of Carmi's friends visiting from Written, Inc - black and white with a twist. Come back in a few days and I'll take you on a wander around the Salmon River and Day Pond Brook.

It's too nice to stay inside.  Besides, I don't know any of the
symphonies for two hands and a paw.

Hunters forewarned - I AM NOT A DEER
Even black and white, I love the falls!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

American Legion Trails, Barkhamsted

American Legion State Forest – the trails that CCC built

Park Web Site                                  Trail Map

The American Legion State Forest is on the west bank of the west branch of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted, CT.  It’s a beautiful area, great for camping, fishing, canoeing along the river, with two short blue-blazed trails: the Henry Buck Trail, and the Turkey Vulture Ledge Trail.  I was at Bradley Airport early Thursday morning, about 20 minutes away, so picked these for a quick hike.


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