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Nature Walks in Connecticut: AMC Guide to the Hills, Woodlands, and Coast of Connecticut

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Now in a new compact size that makes it more convenient to use and carry, this revised and updated edition of Nature Walks in Connecticut leads you to 40 of the state's most captivating natural areas. The perfect guide for families and nature lovers of all ages and abilities, this new edition offers detailed trip descriptions, photographs of plant and animal life, and fascinating sidebars about Connecticut's natural history. Fun to read even off the trail, this is the essential guide for visitors and locals, ...

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Overview

Now in a new compact size that makes it more convenient to use and carry, this revised and updated edition of Nature Walks in Connecticut leads you to 40 of the state's most captivating natural areas. The perfect guide for families and nature lovers of all ages and abilities, this new edition offers detailed trip descriptions, photographs of plant and animal life, and fascinating sidebars about Connecticut's natural history. Fun to read even off the trail, this is the essential guide for visitors and locals, walkers and hikers, and everyone in between.
Inside you'll find: 40 scenic walks for all abilities; trail maps, directions, and photos; at-a-glance trip highlights chart for easy planning; hiking and trail-safety tips.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929173464
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: AMC Nature Walks Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

René Laubach is Director of Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wildlife Sanctuaries. Author of A Guide to Natural Places in the Berkshire Hills and co-author of Nature Walks in Central and Western Massachusetts, he lives in Beckett, Massachusetts.

Charles W. G. Smith is an environmental horticulturalist and award-winning author. He is the author of Water Trails in Western Massachusetts and co-author with Susan A. Smith of Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He lives in a log cabin in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments x
How to Use This Book xiii
Safety and Preparation xiv
Connecticut's Regional Highlights xviii
Nature Walks Locator Map xx
Trips At-a-Glance xxiii
Western Connecticut
Trip 1 Mount Frissell: Salisbury 1
Trip 2 Bear Mountain: Salisbury 8
Trip 3 Lion's Head: Salisbury 16
Trip 4 Sharon Audubon Center: Sharon 24
Trip 5 Pine Knob Loop Trail: Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon 32
Trip 6 Cathedral Pines and Mohawk Mountain: Cornwall 38
Trip 7 Wolcott Trail and Burr Pond: Burr Pond State Park, Torrington 46
Trip 8 River Road: Appalachian Trail, Kent 54
Trip 9 Mallard Marsh and Little Pond: White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield 61
Trip 10 Lucius Pond Ordway: Devil's Den Preserve, Weston 68
Trip 11 Weir Nature Preserve: Wilton 78
Trip 12 Greenwich Audubon Center: Greenwich 85
Central Connecticut
Trip 13 People's State Forest: Barkhamsted 94
Trip 14 Indian Council Caves: Tunxis State Forest, Barkhamsted 103
Trip 15 Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area: Burlington 110
Trip 16 Mile of Ledges and Tory Den: Burlington 120
Trip 17 Talcott Mountain: Avon and Simsbury 132
Trip 18 Castle Craig, Cat-Hole Pass, and East Peak: Meriden 138
Trip 19 Chauncey Peak: Giuffrida Park, Meriden 146
Trip 20 Mattabesett Trail and Mount Higby: Middlefield and Middletown 152
Trip 21 Wadsworth Falls: Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown and Middlefield 158
Trip 22 Sleeping Giant: Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden 164
Trip 23 Hezekiah's Knob and the Chestnut Grove: Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden 170
Trip 24 Mattabesett Trail and Coginchaug Cave: Durham 178
Trip 25 Bluff Head Ridge: North Guilford 185
Trip 26 Westwoods Reserve: Guilford 190
Trip 27 Lost Lake: Westwoods Reserve, Guilford 197
Eastern Connecticut
Trip 28 Breakneck Pond: Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest, Union 204
Trip 29 Connecticut Audubon Center at Trail Wood: Hampton 214
Trip 30 Rock Spring Preserve: Scotland 224
Trip 31 Rhododendron Sanctuary: Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown 234
Trip 32 Mount Misery: Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown 240
Trip 33 Laurel Loop: Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown 246
Trip 34 Burnham Brook Preserve: East Haddam 254
Trip 35 Devil's Hopyard State Park: East Haddam 264
Trip 36 Chatfield Trail: Cockaponset State Forest, Killingworth 272
Trip 37 Hammonasset Beach State Park: Madison 282
Trip 38 Bluff Point Coastal Reserve: Groton 290
Trip 39 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Mystic 301
Trip 40 Barn Island Wildlife Management Area: Stonington 310
Nature Essays
Climbing the Taconic Klippe 6
Hummingbirds 22
July 1989 44
Common Mergansers 60
Manitou Stones 101
Copperheads 144
Saving American Chestnuts 176
Mountain Laurel 183
Trails 202
Rosebays 239
Spring Peepers 251
Appendix A Leave No Trace 317
Trips by Theme 318
Alphabetical List of Walks, Wildlife Management Areas, and Select Natural Landmarks 320
About the Authors 321
Notes 322
Get Out & Get Active with the AMC 324
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