There’s a Chimney Here Too!
Suffield Land Conservancy (SLC): Hugh M. Alcorn and Howard Wells Alcorn Wildlife Preserve
~.5 Mile, December 2017
When I began looking into where to hike in Suffield and came upon the Suffield Land Conservancy’s website, I knew I was in for some difficulty. The SLC owns a ton of little parcels and they provide decent directions to them… but there are no maps. And, I’ve learned, they often mention trails that may or may not exist.
I can now report what exists (for my selfish CTMQ purposes) and what does not. The Alcorn Preserves certainly exist! And there’s even a blazed and maintained little loop trail through Howard’s.
This parcel is right across Mountain Road (Route 168) and yes, chimney fans, it holds another old chimney. (The Spencer Woods Wildlife Preserve across Mountain Road also has a chimney, about half a mile away!)
This parcel also has a lovely sign. And a plaque! Two, actually!
At the trailhead, I suspect 99% of hikers follow the blue Metacomet Trail north towards the Massachusetts border. And this is a fairly exciting stretch of trail, as it was a road walk to the Massachusetts border for YEARS until 2016.
For those of us adventurous (read: weird) types, there’s also the white blazed loop trail of the Suffield Land Conservancy. It is short. It is unexciting.
Unless you love old chimneys.
There’s even a sign pointing the way to the chimney, which connects the “back” of the loop to the Metacomet.
Which took me back to my car through, I believe the Hugh M. Alcorn Preserve.
Further up the Metacomet, one can access the Root-Colson and Prekop Properties of the SLC which, I believe, don’t really contain anything, let alone another awesome chimney. There may be an access trail from the Metacomet to Mountain Road, but really, no one needs to bother with that – which isn’t to say they aren’t important preserves from a land protection standpoint, for they certainly are.