April 26, 2012

Hiking Day Pond State Park, Colchester CT

Day Pond State Park in Colchester Connecticut is a nice hike of about 2.6 miles. The North loop and South Loop of the Salmon River Trail is well marked by a light blue blaze on trees and rock surfaces. This trail is not for street shoes or sneakers. The trail will take you through rocky terrain, ledges, loose rock, standing water and across small brooks. You'll see open hardwood, mountain laurel, tall pines, a couple power lines and a dirt road. There are side trails that can take you to a scenic waterfall or a vista of the Salmon River. Maps of the trails are available at the park on the signboard on the south side picnic area. If you are not familiar with the area, I strongly recommend that you take a map. It is easy to get confused with all the tails, dirt roads and power lines there. The entrance of the park is less than one mile north of Route 16 on Route 149.