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On the Trail: Burr Pond

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Wednesday ended up being a beautiful day so I decided to hit the trail.  The Litchfield Hills have gotten my attention lately so I headed up Route 8 to Torrington’s Burr Pond State Park.  It is part of the 2016 CT DEEP’s Hiking Challenge that I keep talking about.  While I didn’t get a chance to take the pictures required for submission into the challenge, I did have a nice afternoon exploring the trails, which thankfully were not too crowded.  PK and I are still trying to figure out how we’ll be spending Memorial Day Weekend but once I saw the incredibly affordable kayak rental fee’s here, I’m starting to get some ideas.  I have my own kayak, thanks to PK, but he’ll still need to rent for himself.  Rentals can be stupid expensive and it’s much more affordable to just buy your own kayak if you plan on going out more than twice in a year.

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#NOfilter.  I’m actually this pale.

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When I go on hikes alone I always make sure to download a trail map and send PK texts throughout the trip.  We usually start with the “BEAR!” picture.

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I sat patiently for two minutes getting eaten alive by bugs before I gave up trying to actually see beavers. Hopefully we’ll see them once we get out on the water.  I couldn’t get to this little island/peninsula on foot with so many downed trees and swampy ground which is pictured below.

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I really enjoyed this hike.  It was about 2.1 miles and mainly stuck to the edges of the pond, but towards the end it trailed up into the hills and you lost sight of the pond for about three quarters of a mile.  Obviously, once I was up in the beautiful and quiet hills the bear attack panic set in.  At the end/beginning (however you decide to hit the trail) you have the dam.  Burr pond also offers BBQ pits, a beach, and fishing and back down in town not too far away is a flat, paved walking trail.

I’m really starting to fall in love with the Litchfield Hills and I can’t wait to come back kayaking next weekend.

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  • Reply Carrie @ Poet in the Pantry

    Burr Pond is such a gorgeous area to wander the woods! I grew up close by and my dad took us walking there from a young age. Looks like you had a great day for it!

    September 29, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Kate Maccio

    It was such a beautiful day then! I just always need a hiking buddy because I end up paranoid expecting a bear attack!

    September 29, 2016 at 10:25 am
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