Hurd State Park, CT. A Dog Friendly Hike

Today we tracked 5.5 miles at Hurd State Park in East Hampton, CT. For many hikes we have brought our family pet, but lately we have held off until we get a look at the terrain in person. Since this state park is in off-season during the winter months all the internal roads are easily traversable. Unlike some of the Mattabassett and Metacomet blue blazed trails in the state the paths are well worn and even to step on. A few of the blazed trails are even partially paved or have gravel.

If you look at the map on the CT website locate here…
http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325224#map
…we walked along the road from the “Park Entrance” to the Yellow trail, then followed the Red trail, cut over to the pond, then back to the gravel road and finally the green trail. Below is a GSP log of the walk.

GPS log of hike with notes

GPS log of hike with notes

The yellow trail has freshly painted blazes, but in some places seem a little too far spaced. Luckily the trail is worn well and easy to follow. Split Rock and the “River Vista” have a pleasant view. I think that the foliage in the Fall would be much better.

View of Connecticut River from Vista

View of Connecticut River from Vista

The water in the pond was nice and still today, which gave off some cool reflections.

Carlson Pond at Hurd State Park

Carlson Pond at Hurd State Park

Afterwards it was an uneventful walk back to the parking area via the Red/Gravel and Green trails. Overall a very easy walk that would accommodate pets very well.

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