This Connecticut Tunnel Completely Transforms During The Coldest Winter Days

Hiking enthusiasts in Connecticut are no strangers to Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot. Trails cross a 988-acre natural oasis featuring everything from an incredible overlook to an abandoned train tunnel. This spot is truly a hiker’s paradise.

But those who limit their outdoor exploring to the warmer months may not realize that the preserve and especially the tunnel completely transform into something spectacular during the winter time. The frozen tunnel takes on an otherworldly appearance as the temperatures drop.

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Reach the tunnel at Steep Rock by taking the yellow circle trail along Tunnel Road to the blue square trail to the Railroad Tunnel. You can download the full map here. Find Steep Rock Preserve at 2 Tunnel Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794. A special thank you to Ian Abrams, a regional photographer for sharing his images of the tunnel during the winter.

Have you ever hiked this gorgeous land preserve in the wintertime? Did you encounter the icy tunnel? Share your experiences and photos, if you have them, in the comments section below or in our Connecticut Nature Lovers Group on Facebook.