Northern CT Land Trust: Indian Trail & Hatch Hill, Vernon
This page’s existence is dumb. I didn’t hike anything here because I saw no trails to hike. Indian Trail Preserve in the southeastern corner of Vernon (near Valley Falls) certainly used to have trails. It has a handsome plaque upon a rock at the corner of Bolton Road and Indian Trail.
It appears in the 2011 Vernon Trails Guide. It has a spot on the NCLT’s Tankerhoosen Valley page.
Indian Trail: A 7.3 acre wooded site located at the corner of Bolton Road and Indian Trail. The property was donated in 1991 by George Risley in memory of his wife Marjorie. The land was gifted to the Vernon Land Trust, which is now part of the Northern Connecticut Land Trust. The property is wooded containing small streams that flow into the Tankerhoosen River. There are marked trails for hiking.
Yeah… no. I poked around and found nothing. Then I drove around a circle using Hatch Hill Road and Brandy Hill Road. I saw no entrance on Hatch Hill, but there are/were trails here too.
Hatch Hill: A 1.4 acre wooded site located adjacent to the Indian Trail property with an entrance on Hatch Hill Road. It was donated to the land trust in 1993. It is also wooded with small streams that flow into the Tankerhoosen River. There are marked trails for hiking that are connected to the Indian Trail trails.
Yeah… no. Oddly, the parcel located off of Brandy Hill Road (also no parking or trail entrance seen) did offer me a glimpse of a trail sign down in the woods next to a nice house. I didn’t bother checking it out though.
The Shenipsit Trail passes just north of this area as it enters the Belding WMA and Tankerhoosen River area. It is beautiful. Really and truly. And Valley Falls Park just to the west is really nice too. Go hike in those places.
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