This Amazing Hiking Trail In Connecticut Takes You Through An Abandoned Train Tunnel
Connecticut is loaded with fantastic trails for outdoor lovers. Some are short, others are long, but only one offers the chance to hike through an abandoned train tunnel. Steep Rock Preserve is a 998-acre wooded wonderland where you can explore until your heart is content or the sun sets, whichever comes first.
Visit Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot. The network of trails run alongside the Shepaug River and ramble off into the scenic hillsides above.
You'll discover more than eight trails to choose from varying in length from 4 miles to 1/2 mile in length.
To reach the train tunnel, you'll need to use a combination of trails heading south and ending on the Orange Square Trail and Pinney Loop. Most visitors prefer to use the Green Circle Trail along the river for its spectacular scenery to reach the lower section of the preserve.
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The abandoned tunnel once was a passage for the trains that ran the rails of the Shepaug Railroad from 1872-1948.
The 235-foot tunnel was built by a crew of coal miners from Pennsylvania. It took them nine months to create the tunnel using hand picks, dynamite, and nitroglycerin to blast through the ridge.
Now the tunnel is devoid of railroad tracks and no longer do trains thunder through the ridge. Enjoy walking through the cool dark abandoned tunnel as a break from the heat of a summer's day.
The railroad tunnel isn't the only point of interest at Steep Rock Preserve. Hike the old carriage roads for a gentle sloping walk in the woods.
The paths feel almost magical in their beauty. A storybook setting is what you'll find in this unspoiled forest.
Hike to the Steep Rock Summit for expansive views of farmland, forest, and river down below.
At 776 feet in elevation, the summit is the highest point in the preserve. Although you'll have to climb the steepest trails in the preserve to reach this vista, it's well worth the trip.
For the best river views, cross the pedestrian bridge within the preserve.
The sound of the Shepaug River gurgling along its way is quite soothing to the soul.
You might spot fish traveling through the water as well as other wildlife on the stream's edge such as beavers, deer, and birds.
You might go to this incredible preserve to hike though the abandoned railroad tunnel, but you're sure to find many other treasures along the way.
Visit the Steep Rock Preserve at 2 Tunnel Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794. For more information visit this
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