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Crescent Lake Recreation Space Loop


January 17, 2021 – Southington, Connecticut

Issue: Simple to Average

Size: Roughly 3 miles

Max elevation: 643 ft.– whole elevation acquire roughly 305 ft.

Route kind: Circuit

Map: Crescent Lake Trails

Trailhead parking: 403-537 Shuttle Meadow Rd, Southington, CT 06489


**Bowhunting season on this property runs Monday by way of Saturday from September 15 to December 31. Hikers are suggested to not stray from the blazed climbing trails on these dates for security functions. **


Overview:

The Crescent Lake Recreation Space, positioned on Shuttle Meadow Street, is a 223-acre forested property containing a 56-acre lake. Boating, canoeing, fishing, climbing, picnicking and seasonal bow searching are all accessible to guests. Along with being a Leisure Space, Crescent Lake can be the state’s first “Connecticut Grown Neighborhood Forest.” Ample parking is offered and established trails run all through the positioning.

Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Crescent Lake (additionally referred to as Plainville Reservoir) occupies a bowl-shaped valley on the western aspect of the Bradley Mountain at an elevation of 420 ft above sea stage. The 56-acre lake is open to the general public, with no residency necessities. State-mandated licenses for fishing and/or boating are required. Crescent Lake is throughout the Quinnipiac River Watershed, which drains into the Lengthy Island Sound.

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Southington is positioned within the Central Lowlands, an space of gently rolling terrain between the State’s western and japanese highlands. Situated across the Quinnipiac River and its tributaries, the City is surrounded by Southington Mountain, Bradley Mountain and the Hanging Hills in Meriden. The latter two are a part of the Metacomet Ridge system, a “backbone” of traprock ridges that extends alongside Southington’s japanese edge because it runs from Suffield to Guilford.

Traprock ridge - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Traprock ridge – Crescent Lake Recreation Space


Historical past:

The parcel was as soon as owned by the Plainville Water Firm, which secured water rights for the lake within the late 1800’s, and was generally known as the Plainville Reservoir. It provided Plainville with water starting round 1910. The lake was as soon as surrounded by orchards and farmland within the 1930’s, a stark distinction from the dense woods that you just see in the present day.

Within the 1960’s the water firm stopped utilizing the reservoir. It then sat unused for many years till the City of Southington initially expressed an curiosity in buying it in 1983. On the time, the Plainville Water Firm wasn’t fascinated by promoting it, saying they needed to carry onto it simply in case it was ever wanted.

In 1993, a tentative settlement was reached, adopted by 5 years of negotiations and talks with firm representatives and state officers. The city bought the OK to buy Crescent Lake on March 11, 1998. In 2000, it was lastly opened to the general public to be used as a leisure space underneath its former title, Crescent Lake.


Trails Overview:

There are roughly 7 miles of blazed trails various in problem, which might be marked to be used. There are additionally quite a few unofficial unmarked trails and woods roads that criss-cross the property.

  • Orange: Approx. 3 miles; rigorous & hilly
  • Purple: Approx. 2 miles; slender, reasonable elevation
  • Inexperienced: Approx. 1.5 miles; open path, some elevation

Please Notice: The Purple Path can get actually muddy and the mosquitoes can get bothersome.

Crescent Lake Trails Map

Crescent Lake Trails Map

The higher ridgeline and boundary of the Crescent Lake Recreation Space can be traversed by the 51-mile Metacomet Path, (maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Affiliation), which extends from the Hanging Hills of Meriden, Connecticut to the Massachusetts border.

Metacomet Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Metacomet Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space


Hike Overview:

We have been in search of a simple to reasonable loop hike with some respectable views and determined to provide this one a try to it didn’t disappoint. Arriving at about 9am on a cold Sunday in January, the parking zone had loads of accessible spots. The paths are comparatively nicely marked, however there’s a huge community of unmarked trails and roads all through the property that listening to the blazes is crucial. Initially the loop was going to incorporate the Purple Path, which circles the lake, however once we reached that space, the path was very swampy so we determined to skip it. In dryer climate it might be higher, however on the day we visited, the low mendacity areas close to the lake have been largely flooded.

Crescent Lake Recreation Area Loop

Crescent Lake Recreation Space Loop

Apart from one brief steep ascent and a few brief steep descents, the elevation acquire on this hike is minimal.

elevation profile - Crescent Lake

elevation profile – Crescent Lake


The Hike:

Together with your again to the lake, proceed to the southern aspect of the parking space and decide up the Inexperienced Path. Comply with the inexperienced blazes because it winds its approach by way of the woods in a southeasterly path, spending some unmarked trails alongside the way in which.

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

In slightly below a 1/2 mile, the Inexperienced Path turns left on a woods highway and begins to go northeast. This highway straddles the boundary with New Britain Water Division property on the precise and Crescent Lake to the left.

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

In about one other 1/2 mile, the Inexperienced Path ends at a 4-way intersection, with the blue-blazed Metacomet Path coming in from the precise and becoming a member of the Orange Path, which begins simply forward. Start following the coaligned trails as they climb a woods highway very steeply.

terminus of Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

terminus of Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

terminus of Green Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

terminus of Inexperienced Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

The path reaches the ridgeline in underneath 500 ft and ranges off, with partial views of Crescent Lake beneath on the left, throughout leaf-off season. Quickly the path veers left, leaving the woods highway and continues north alongside the ridge.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

The path continues alongside the ridgeline above Crescent Lake with some minor ups and downs alongside this stretch.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Quickly the path ranges off and passes alongside a big fire. A brief distance later, the path reaches a rock outcrop with a west-facing view of Crescent Lake and the Southington Valley. The Otis Elevator take a look at tower is seen within the distance.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

View of Crescent Lake from the Blue/Orange Trail

View of Crescent Lake from the Blue/Orange Path

If you happen to depart the path and descend barely to a decrease rock outcrop on the precise, there’s a higher view of Crescent Lake.

lower rock outcrop that the picture below was take from

decrease rock outcrop that the image beneath was take from

View of Crescent Lake from lower rock outcrop

View of Crescent Lake from decrease rock outcrop

The path continues alongside the ridge, turns left and descends steeply. It then turns proper and follows alongside the cliff wall, passing underneath a big rock overhang because it continues its steep descent.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

A glance again on the traprock ridge that the path descends.

Traprock ridge - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Traprock ridge – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

The path begins to climb once more, solely this time extra steadily. After the path dips down, it climbs a bit of extra to an enormous rock formation with partial views to the northwest.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Quickly the path descends steeply once more. On the base of the steep descent, the Orange Path turns left on a woods highway because the blue-blazed Metacomet Path continues forward, climbing the ridge in direction of Bradley Mountain.

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Blue/Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Blue/Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Flip left on the Orange Path because it descends steadily on a woods highway. Because the path nears Crescent Lake, the path turns into muddy and in some sections, swampy.

turn left on the Orange Trail

flip left on the Orange Path

Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

Orange Trail - Crescent Lake Recreation Area

Orange Path – Crescent Lake Recreation Space

The Orange Path ends on the northwest nook of the lake because the Purple Path is available in from the left. To increase the hike, you may flip left on the Purple Path or do as we did and proceed south. There are views of Crescent Lake simply off the path.

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

The Purple Path because it head south, veers proper and runs alongside Shuttle Meadow Street a brief distance and again to the parking zone, the place the hike started.

Shuttle Meadow Road

Shuttle Meadow Street


Overview:

A very nice place to spend a couple of hours within the woods. The topography of the world makes for an fascinating hike and the view of Crescent Lake is kind of beautiful. For probably the most half, the primary trails are nicely blazed and straightforward to observe. We noticed only a few individuals on the paths, however the parking zone was full once we returned. Within the hotter months, the world across the lake may get actually busy. Price a go to to discover the paths.

Professionals:

Metacomet Ridge, Crescent Lake, nicely blazed trails, scenic view, beautiful space.

Cons:

Swampy trails close to Crescent Lake.


Take a hike!

Crescent Lake Recreation Area Loop

Crescent Lake Recreation Space Loop


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