Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Bristol, Connecticut 06011

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area Professional Guide

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"In its 455 acres this wildlife management area (WMA) demonstrates various land management and wildlife enhancement practices, which are explained on its selfguided trails. The featured Beaver Pond Trail is the site’s longest and most popular trail. It explores mixed woods and small meadow clearings; brook, marsh, and vernal pond; laurel thicket; and a backyard wildlife habitat."

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"A gazebo at the far end of the lot contains property information. Beaver Pond trailhead, however, is located at the end of the wide graveled roadway immediately north (right) of the parking area. Follow the roadway by an iron gate, passing a kiosk. Beaver Pond Trail follows blue-blazed Tunxis Trail straight ahead and enters woodland of red maples and young black birches. Cross a culvert where spicebush shrubs shade the damp earth. Lowbush blueberry thrives in the sunshine." Read more

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10/31/2015
The hike from the park to 'Castle Craig' is very long, but one can also take their car. The views on 'Castle Craig' are beautiful, and show views of 'Hartford CT' and some of MA. The park itself is very family friendly there are barbecue areas, lots of pretty ponds, a music hall. If you have kids their are also dinosaur foot prints.
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8/27/2010
The pond is beautiful but kind of crowded... Very easy hike though.
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11/26/2007
We had a lot of fun on this hike. The climb up was fun because you feel like you are scambling/climbing up rocks. One correction on the guide's directions....it is really a left onto Lewis Ave coming off the 691 west bound exit.
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3/12/2007
The views were great, the trail was pretty icy and treacherous though....Ice stays on the low-lying trails for some time after it has melted elsewhere. Next time I'm bringing my climbing gear because there's a lot of great rock there!
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11/23/2006
This is a great place to hike as long as you begin at the base of the reservoire. It has a remote mountainous feel with immense rocky walls and deep gorges on the way to the "castle". Follow the blue-blazed trail.
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12/16/2001
Great trail. A must for spring account of all the Laurel. Best trail blazes I've seen on any of the blue blazed trails.
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Trail Information

Bristol
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.3
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Spring through fall
Season
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, PO Box 1550, Burlington 06013; (860) 675-8130; www.ct.gov/dep
Local Contacts
WMA map, available online at www.ct.gov/dep and usually available on-site
Local Maps

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Dec 2018