Snowshoeing in Connecticut: A Great Reason to Get Outside

I'm sharing my favorite places to take my snowshoes on a nice winter's day. Some of the best places in eastern and central Connecticut are on my list.

Cabin fever has hit. Hard.

I've enjoyed my time ice skating with my husband and children on a frozen pond, and even had few chances to read sitting by our fireplace, but when it comes to alone time, nothing can replace the tranquil feeling that comes from being on a trail. So why not go?

I recently found myself back at the Ruby-Fenton Park & Wildlife Preserve in Willington. I’d enjoyed my hike there last May and knew that it was flat enough, with just a few hills, for me to enjoy my first foray into the woods with my snowshoes this winter season.

I brought with me my trusty boot crampons (a contraption you can add to your boot sole to give you a better grip on slick surfaces) as well as snowshoes; the conditions of the trails would determine which I’d use. Oh, and my trekking poles, too.

Let me tell you, it is just as great of a trip in the winter as it was in the spring. I took the Taylor Pond Trail to Julia’s Trail to create a longer loop. There were a few areas that were not snow covered, making it a bit difficult with snowshoes, but those bare spots were few and far between.

I was the only one on the trail until the end of my trip when I met a woman and her two Labrador retrievers on the road leading to the trail heads.

While I enjoyed myself in Willington, there are plenty of great places to go snowshoeing in eastern and central Connecticut.

Consider the list provided by the Connecticut tourism bureau. It includes locations throughout the state, including one my favorites, Northwest Park in Windsor, where you can rent snowshoes for the day if you don’t have your own. (The information is included under the Sports of Winters Past section.)

Yahoo! Sports put together this list of the top five places in Connecticut to take your snowshoes and hit the trails, including Holcomb Farm in Granby.

The Examiner.com recommends Winding Trails in Farmington, but before you go, call ahead to make sure the trails are open, and bring your own snowshoes.

Patch editors from throughout the region recommended these locations as great places to hit the trails in the snow:

On the side:

Don’t forget about the Winter Trails Day sponsored by Connecticut Forest & Parks Association on Feb. 9.

Jane January 29, 2013 at 06:27 PM
My friend and I used to love going snowshoeing when I lived in Maine as a child. We would make our way in the woods through the two, three, sometimes four feet of snow. It was such fun to be able to stay on top of these great piles of snow. Our snowshoes back in those days did not look anything like the small, neat shoes you have pictured. Ours were more like tennis rackets. We used to trudge along with our legs apart to accomodate the size of the shoes. What fun it was!
Megan Bard January 30, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Jane, I remember those snowshoes! Glad you have good memories of trudging through the snow. I love it, and so do my children. Can you recommend any trails in eastern and central Connecticut? - Megan
Jane January 30, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I'm sorry but i haven't been able to enjoy any winter sports since I was a child in Maine for various reasons. .Go out there all you can with your children before the opportune times pass. Good Luck to you.


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