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    Mile of Ledges and Tory Den

    Bristol, Connecticut

    Mile of Ledges and Tory Den

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    "As part of the Bristol public water supply, the area is posted against trespassing, but hikers are welcome. From the metal gate, follow the level gravel tote road, blazed with a yellow dot on blue, and soon pass the junction with blue-blazed Tunxis Trail on the right.

    Continue straight on the tote road (now Tunxis Trail), passing a pine plantation lush with poison ivy on the right. An arm of 1.3 mile-long Old Marsh Pond soon becomes visible. Planted European larches border the pond, while sugar maple, white ash, red oak, and touchme- not (jewelweed) flank the damp roadsides. When touch-me-not flowers mature into small pods, the slightest touch causes them to split explosively, hurling seeds a surprising distance."

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    New Haven, CT
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    6/3/2012
    challenging in the beginning with a reward of a view, then a relaxing "stroll" around the lake. The 2 mile distance is a great afternoon.
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    Buckland, CT
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    9/25/2010
    BEAUTIFUL HIKE!! I loved it! Some actual rock scramble areas... I had to carry my 45 pound dog down them which was not fun. Definetely walk the trail the direction that is recommended... I went the opposite :(
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    Meriden, CT
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    3/6/2010
    Great trial with good views to Long Island Sound to the south and Hartford to the north. Beginning of trail is strenuous but after that quite easy.
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    Verona, VA
    Pathfinder | 61 pts
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    10/7/2007
    Beautiful views! It was a good mix of steep inclines and flat terrain around the lake. I would recommend following the trail in the direction advised in the guide. We went the opposite way, and it's great until you get to the lookout point, but then the trail is well-hidden and poorly marked(only that direction). We had no trouble finding the park and it was not crowded on a Saturday afternoon.
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    Deep River, CT
    Pathfinder | 72 pts
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    11/23/2006
    This is a hidden gem. The park is almost impossible to find, but the hiking is rewarded with fantastic views. Follow the blue-blazed trail from the corner of the main drive/main road and then be ready to climb a rugged ridge (hand-over-hand in spots).
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    Trail Information

    Bristol
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    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    4.25
    Distance
    300 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    2.0–2.5 hours
    Duration

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