Jul 14, 2011
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Weekend Discovery: Bigelow Hollow State Park

Weekend Discovery: Bigelow Hollow State Park

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons: Morrow Long

Just because it's located in the Quiet Corner doesn't mean we can't talk loud about Bigelow Hollow State Park.

Combined with the adjacent Nipmuck State Forest, Bigelow Hollow State Park is one of the larger recreation areas in the state, offering 9,000 acres of gorgeous forest and water that are open to hikers, boaters, fishermen and all variety of outdoor enthusiast.

The big draw here are the three ponds—Bigelow Pond, Breakneck Pond and Mashapaug Pond. Of the three, Mashapaug is the biggest at 300 acres and most popular, especially with boaters and those who like to fish (as it is regularly stocked with trout). The more remote Breakneck Pond—you can only get there by foot—is ideal for those who like to hike, as it's a 6-mile loop to go all the way around. Bigelow Pond is the first one you encounter when you arrive at the park, and draws picnickers and those who enjoy a scenic view.

The park also welcomes mountain bikers and bird watchers, and even though there is no beach or lifeguards, scuba diving is allowed in Mashapaug Pond, where divers enjoy the exceptionally clear water.

On a sunny summer weekend, the park can get busy, so make sure to get there early to get a good spot for enjoying one of the best places Connecticut has to offer.

For more info, visit ct.gov/dep.

Weekend Discovery: Bigelow Hollow State Park

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