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Christmas Hike at Belding Wildlife Management Area, Vernon CT

A long Christmas Day tradition for me, hope those who are free of family obligations by afternoon will join me for this lovely 3 mile hike at the Belding Trout Management Area in Vernon. This roughly[masked] hour long hike is very pleasant and is great for beginners and is scenic enough with the forest, stream, and dammed pond to interest more advanced hikers. Winter makes it even more pretty! This area is a hidden gem and even connects to Valley Falls, the Hop River Linear Trail, the Schinipsit Trail, and some Northern Connecticut Land trust property! How's that for location?

Meet at trailhead parking (end of cul-de-sac on Tamarac Ln., Vernon, CT) but this can be somewhat limited parking depending on the number of attendees. Please park efficiently and carpool if you can.  Be sure not to block local residents driveways.

Kids and dogs on leash welcome.

We can head out to eat for the traditional Christmas Day Chinese food, if people are interested.

Check back that day regarding weather issues.

 

Trail guide and map: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/wildlife/pdf_files/maps/maps_other/BeldingTrailGuide.pdf

Approximate trailhead parking for hike (end of Tamarac Ln., Vernon, CT):

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&country=US&popflag=0&address=99+Tamarac+ln&city=vernon&state=ct

 

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  • Sheila S.

    Gloria, thank you for leading a really nice, scenic hike! It was beautiful.

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Gloria

      You're welcome and thanks for coming.

      December 26, 2013

  • Ayse

    Great hike, but much shorter than I had expected.

    December 26, 2013

  • Gloria

    A great walk - 2.1 miles, not the three advertised, though. Seven of us went out for Chinese food after and guess what? A complete stranger, who was dining alone, picked up the tab for our meals! Merry Christmas all!

    4 · December 25, 2013

    • Ayse

      How wonderful for you all!

      December 25, 2013

  • Steven J.

    A nice easy enjoyable hike with a Christmas surprise at the end. Pay it Forward; Kindness is alive and well.

    2 · December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pay It Forward :)

    3 · December 25, 2013

  • Dennis T

    excellent

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Gloria

    Hope those who took photos will upload some!

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Dennis T

    Gloria,
    I'll be a sweep if you need one.......

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Ayse

      What's a sweep?

      December 25, 2013

    • Dennis T

      A person at the tail of the hike to ensure that nobody falls behind.

      December 25, 2013

  • Dennis T

    Fantastic day. A great scenic hike followed by a fairy tale gift to the 7 of us attending the lunch later. It really made this a memorable Christmas..................

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be there...we got ice down this way...with a touch of snow...allenjoyplease!

    December 25, 2013

  • Melanie F

    Looking forward to it

    December 25, 2013

  • Gloria

    If anyone in the "yes" group has had a change of plans, please change your RSVP so some on the waiting list can join us. Numbers are limited due to limited parking.

    December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a wonderful plan, wish I could join in. Planning to do a Christmas Day hike in PA though.

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds wonderful Gloria!

    1 · December 8, 2013

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