January 17, 2021 – Southington, Connecticut
Issue: Simple to Reasonable
Size: Roughly 3 miles
Max elevation: 643 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 305 ft.
Route sort: Circuit
Map: Crescent Lake Trails
Trailhead parking: 403-537 Shuttle Meadow Rd, Southington, CT 06489
**Bowhunting season on this property runs Monday via Saturday from September 15 to December 31. Hikers are suggested to not stray from the blazed climbing trails on these dates for security functions. **
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 looking are all accessible to guests. Along with being a Leisure Space, Crescent Lake can also be the state’s first “Connecticut Grown Neighborhood Forest.” Ample parking is obtainable and established trails run all through the positioning.
Crescent Lake (additionally referred to as Plainville Reservoir) occupies a bowl-shaped valley on the western facet of the Bradley Mountain at an elevation of 420 toes above sea degree. 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 inside the Quinnipiac River Watershed, which drains into the Lengthy Island Sound.
Southington is positioned within the Central Lowlands, an space of gently rolling terrain between the State’s western and jap highlands. Positioned 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 jap edge because it runs from Suffield to Guilford.
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 often 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 at present.
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 thinking about 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 beneath its former title, Crescent Lake.
There are roughly 7 miles of blazed trails various in problem, which can 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
- Pink: Approx. 2 miles; slender, reasonable elevation
- Inexperienced: Approx. 1.5 miles; open path, some elevation
Please Notice: The Pink Path can get actually muddy and the mosquitoes can get bothersome.
The higher ridgeline and boundary of the Crescent Lake Recreation Space can also 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.
We have been searching for a simple to reasonable loop hike with some first rate views and determined to present this one a try to it didn’t disappoint. Arriving at about 9am on a cold Sunday in January, the car parking zone had loads of accessible spots. The paths are comparatively effectively marked, however there’s a huge community of unmarked trails and roads all through the property that taking note of the blazes is crucial. Initially the loop was going to incorporate the Pink Path, which circles the lake, however after 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 principally flooded.
Apart from one brief steep ascent and a few brief steep descents, the elevation acquire on this hike is minimal.
Along with your again to the lake, proceed to the southern facet of the parking space and choose up the Inexperienced Path. Observe the inexperienced blazes because it winds its method via the woods in a southeasterly course, spending some unmarked trails alongside the way in which.
In just below a 1/2 mile, the Inexperienced Path turns left on a woods highway and begins to move northeast. This highway straddles the boundary with New Britain Water Division property on the precise and Crescent Lake to the left.
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.
The path reaches the ridgeline in beneath 500 toes and ranges off, with partial views of Crescent Lake under on the left, throughout leaf-off season. Quickly the path veers left, leaving the woods highway and continues north alongside the ridge.
The path continues alongside the ridgeline above Crescent Lake with some minor ups and downs alongside this stretch.
Quickly the path ranges off and passes alongside a big hearth. 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.
When you go away the path and descend barely to a decrease rock outcrop on the precise, there’s a higher view of Crescent Lake.
The path continues alongside the ridge, turns left and descends steeply. It then turns proper and follows alongside the cliff wall, passing beneath a big rock overhang because it continues its steep descent.
A glance again on the traprock ridge that the path descends.
The path begins to climb once more, solely this time extra steadily. After the path dips down, it climbs slightly extra to an enormous rock formation with partial views to the northwest.
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 the direction of Bradley Mountain.
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.
The Orange Path ends on the northwest nook of the lake because the Pink Path is available in from the left. To increase the hike, you may flip left on the Pink Path or do as we did and proceed south. There are views of Crescent Lake simply off the path.
The Pink Path because it head south, veers proper and runs alongside Shuttle Meadow Street a brief distance and again to the car parking zone, the place the hike started.
A very nice place to spend just a few hours within the woods. The topography of the world makes for an fascinating hike and the view of Crescent Lake is kind of pretty. For probably the most half, the primary trails are effectively blazed and simple to comply with. We noticed only a few individuals on the paths, however the car parking zone was full after we returned. Within the hotter months, the world across the lake might get actually busy. Price a go to to discover the paths.
Metacomet Ridge, Crescent Lake, effectively blazed trails, scenic view, pretty space.
Swampy trails close to Crescent Lake.
Take a hike!