Connecticut December 24, 2018
This Hike Takes You To A Place Connecticut’s First Residents Left Behind
Native Americans inhabited the area that is now Connecticut long before the boats of European settlers ever arrived. Much of the evidence of their existence is long gone, but you can experience a place left behind by our first residents by taking a hike to Indian Rock Shelters. This short but fascinating trail belongs on your to-do list the next time you’re looking for an outdoor adventure.
The Indian Rock Shelters Trail in Madison leads to natural rock outcroppings that sheltered Native Americans long ago.
The trail is a loop that leads just over one mile on land protected by the Madison Land Conservation Trust. Follow the blue and white arrow markers to reach the ancient site.
Check out several rock formations that create natural overhangs providing shelter from the elements.
The rocks were created 560 to 570 million years ago by ancient lava flows.
The trail itself cuts through a beautiful forest and wetlands area. Hike alongside stone walls that from a much more recent time when the area was farmland.
Balance on stepping stones to navigate the stream crossing along the trail. You'll need hiking boots or sneakers to take this historical walk.
Artifacts such as primitive tools have been found near the rock shelters. These formations gave protection to those that farmed and hunted the land long before European settlers ever arrived.
Climb up into the largest shelter and look across the valley as the Native Americans once did. These primitive covered areas were once populated by Connecticut's earliest residents.
The land is open for hiking and dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. The Indian Rock Shelters Trail takes about one hour to complete.
Find the trailhead at 76 Lake Dr., Madison, CT 06443. For more information or to download the complete trail map, visit the Madison Land Conservation Trust
Have you ever hiked to the Indian Rock Shelters? Share your experiences and photos in the comments section below or in our
Connecticut Nature Lovers Group on Facebook. For another hike through history check out this uniquely interesting Ice House Ruins Trail.