Burr Pond State Park

Winsted, Connecticut 6094

Burr Pond State Park

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"Centerpiece to this Connecticut state park, 88-acre Burr Pond dazzles travelers with its clear waters. In the 1850s this impoundment powered early industry, including the world’s first condensed milk factory.

Condensed milk was an important staple for the Union Army during the Civil War. The encircling Wolcott Trail travels the pond’s richly wooded rim and visits quiet coves, a peninsula, and a rock cave."

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Nestled in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, Burr Pond State Park is the site of Borden’s first condensed milk factory, built in 1854. The well-worn Blue Trail encircles the 88-acre Burr Pond, passing by glacial boulders once used by Native Americans for caves, and leads through a public park with a sandy beach. Wear your bathing suit under your shorts and tee-shirt so that you will be ready for a swim here, close to the end of the hike. This is a can’t-get-lost trip—just keep the shoreline in sight on your left and you’ll eventually return to your starting point. Even in wintertime this is a pretty hike: the surroundings never seem barren and bleak because dense hemlock forests and colonies of mountain laurel ensure year-round color. Burr Pond State Park offers forty campsites at its Taylor Brook Campground." Read more

Burr Pond State Park Reviews

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Lovely 3 mile hike. Great for families. Not very strenuous, but very well maintained trails and it passes a wonderful state park pond sand beach
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This is a nice easy loop which is perfect for before or after work. No major hills or anything, just a nice view of the pond and woods.
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Eh, not a bad hike. The Burr Pond Loop trail is BEAUTIFUL...very well graded, and with multiple views of the water. The turn-off to the Muir Trail is not marked; you can see the blaze change to the right, but there is no sign. The Muir Trail passes a similarily beautiful beaver pond which was very cool, but there was nothing notable for the remainder of the hike and most of it crossed abondoned roads and was not well graded (but well blazed).
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11:15am-2:30 (approx) air temp approx 51-58 degrees.
Wind at the beginning was brisk and chilled, byu the end was still and quite beautiful.

Lovely trail. Nice, asy hiking (we did the full loop). Even with the addition of the Muir trail up to Walnut Moutnain and back, the only thing that made it moderate was the distance. We did it in about 3 hours (note: we turned around at the summit of Walnut, shaving off approx .75 miles total). The trail guide seems to be off a tad, as going off to the right of the canoe rentals does NOT put you past the giant boulder, you see that on the way back.. You would only see it going in if you went clockwise around the loop, not counterclockwise.
It was a fun day, out with our big dog and a 6 month old puppy. She was starting to get tired at Walnut mountain, so we turned around there. This would be a great walk with kids, opnly one or two spots that would require closer than usual supervision (one quite muddy spot, and one VERY brief section with some rocks where a small child could get hurt...and even this is coming form a place of erring WIDELY on the side of caution).
For a nice easy walk/hike for the morning or afternoon, I would absolutley recommend the trail to anyone.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4-6 hours
Spring through fall
Burr Pond State Park, 384 Burr Mountain Rd., Torrington 06790; (860) 482-1817. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT); www.ct.gov/dep.
Local Contacts
State park map (available online at www.ct.gov/dep); Torrington and West Torrington 7.5-minute USGS quads; Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA, www.ctwoodlands.org/bookstore)
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Dec 2018