For decades now, I have loved being outdoors and I am an avid bird lover. Whenever I get the opportunity to hike in the wilderness I try to partake of rhe opportunity.
Here in the Hartford, Connecticut area there are several top-rate spots for hiking. Most of these spots offer marked trails and trail-length options. Presented here is an article which profiles four of the best spots for hiking in the Hartford, Connecticut area.
Penwood State Park..Simsbury Road, Bloomfield, CT..(860) 242-1158
Part of the Talcott Mountain Range, Penwood State Park is a favorite hiking spot for legions of enthusiasts throughout Connecticut. The main thing that stands out to me about this park is the long, winding narrow road that snakes along the side of the mountain. On a regular basis I used to navigate the road on a blue Triumph 650 chopper motorcycle and loved every second of it.
This heavily wooded park is filled with hiking trails including a nature trail. Most of the looping, color-coded trails begin and finish at the covered main picnic / pavilion area. For bird lovers such as myself, there are a host of avian breeds that regularly populate this state park.
A great place for frisbee-playing, reading, practicing music, picnicking or cross-couuntry skiing, Penwood is visited by many people on weekends.
Penwood State Park is open daily and admission is always free. Public restrooms are available.
MDC Reservoir..Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
When I was a teenager growing up in West Hartford in the 1970s the MDC Reservoir was THE hangout in town for many young people. The property is the source of drinking water for several local towns and offers a range of hiking trails.
Two large looping hiking trails are featured here with heavily wooded areas abounding. Expanses of greenery and rolling hills are present at this popular destination-spot as is a full water treatment facilty. Lots of birds and wildlife species call this property home.
Admission to the West Hartford Reservoir is always free and public restrooms are on the grounds. This hiking spot is located close to I-84, West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square.
MDC Reservoir 6..Route 44 (Albany Avenue), West Hartford, CT
Located close to the Bishop’s Corner shopping center in West Hartford, the MDC Reservoir 6 is situated near the base of Avon Mountain. Not as well-known as the West Hartford Reservoirs on Farmington Avenue, this spot offers some really excellent hiking options.
One looping hiking trail here is approximately 3.5 miles in size and a larger, more comprehensive trail is also offered. The scenery at this hiking spot is beautiful with a multitude of bird and wildlife species present. Free admission is in place at this Hartford, Connecticut area hiking spot and public restrooms are available..
Wickham Park..1329 West Middle Turnpike (Burnside Ave in East Hartford becomes West Middle Turnpike), Manchester, CT..(860) 528-0856
A wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility amid spectacular scenery, Wickham Park straddles the East Hartford / Manchester town line. Approximately 250 acres of rolling green hills, fields, ponds and wooded areas are offered for public use at this park.
This excellent hiking spot is usually open seven days a week from the first weekend in April until the last weekend in October. Entrance fees to the park are based upon per vehicle charge.
The extensive system of hiking trails at Wickham Park is usable by all levels of hikers and it traverses the main part of the park. A fitness trail and bike trails are also offered here.
Among the attractions that are provided at this hiking spot are reserved and non-reserved picnic areas, a bird sanctuary, tennis courts, playgrounds, softball diamonds, volleyball courts and a disc golf course. Public restrooms and drinking fountains are also available at Wickham Park.
Personal experience with hiking at these spots