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Scantic River Loop, East Windsor

Another short after work walk - A 2-3 mile loop, part of which runs right along the river.  We'll be out about 1 - 1.5 hours.  This hike will be at a social (slow) pace - appropriate for beginners, kids, and those who like to mosey along taking in the sights and socializing with fellow hikers.  The hike has a minimal amount of up and down - we'll do that first and save the walk along the river for the return trip.  Boots or other sturdy shoes recommended for some spots are muddy and there are a lot of toe-stubbing hazards in the trail.

Kids and leashed dogs welcome.  I'll have one or both of my dogs with me.


Meet at the dead end of Melrose Road in East Windsor. Meeting time is 6:00, hike departs no later than 6:10

Directions from I-91:
Exit 45, head east on Route 140
Follow 140 as it joins with Route 191
At a traffic light where 140 goes right and 191 goes straight, turn left on Melrose Road and follow it to the end.


GPS'ers can use 101 Melrose Road, East Windsor as an address and just follow the road to the dead-end.

Check back that morning to see if I have updated the plans based on weather or other factors.


Note about dogs: While this is a dog-friendly hike, the dog owners need to be responsible. Park rules require leashes. If you choose to break that rule and let your dog off the leash, please be sure it is okay with the other hikers (some of whom may not be dog people) and be sure you can control your dog when off leash. Finally, please be prepared and clean up after your dog when needed.

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  • Pj W.

    I am going to have to un-RSVP and pass on this. I stepped on something sharp in the yard yesterday and now my foot is all swollen. I hope to see you soon!

    July 8, 2014

    • Gloria

      Hope you feel better soon!

      July 8, 2014

    • Pj W.

      Thank you Gloria! Foot is still swollen, so I'm bowing out of the McCann hike as well. It better get well soon, this is 2 good hikes I wanted to go on that I have missed so far. :(

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • Melissa

    Maisie and Malone are still tired from their hiking and swimming fun!

    3 · July 9, 2014

  • Kathy~g

    Thanks Gloria, Enjoyed the after work hike. Hope my work schedule cooperates so I can join the group on more.

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Jeff

    Thank you Gloria for finding this fun little hike. It was a nice to meet a lot of friendly folks for my first time at this meetup!

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • Tom L

    Thanks Gloria, the hike was a lot of fun. The weather even held off. I met lots of nice people. Thanks all.

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • karen

    Was nice to see everyone!

    July 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    Had a wonderful time! Beautiful area and awesome company. :) I look forward to the next time.

    2 · July 8, 2014

    • hey jude !

      Lisa, it was great to meet you and catch up on our mutual friends :) See you again on the trail!

      July 9, 2014

  • Gloria

    Some of us walked out to the halfway point and back again so we could stay be the river and some did the full loop. The dogs had a couple of good romps in the water. And we measured the trail at 2.2 miles, just right for one of these evening walks.

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • hey jude !

      What a surprise to have Cooper want to go in the water! Thanks, Gloria, for this hike whereby he now is a water dog.....he didn't even mind his bath afterwards (and neither did I....teehee)!

      1 · July 9, 2014

  • hey jude !

    Thank you all for being patient with my dog, Cooper!
    It was another enjoyable hike with such personable attendees!

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Dennis T

    nice walk/hike when you do the loop.

    July 8, 2014

  • Bob Z

    Missed it. My apologies

    July 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry. I was unable to make it today!

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Gloria

    Weather is looking good out my window. Weather.com says only 5% chance of rain. WFSB radar shows a storm well to our west in NY, but it shouldn't be this far east before we are off the trail. So hope to see you all in a bit!

    July 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am not going to be able to make it after all. Still hurting from yesterday's surgical procedure

    July 8, 2014

    • Gloria

      Feel better soon!

      July 8, 2014

  • Christie D.

    Sorry, last minute change of plans. Hope to meet this group at another event!

    July 8, 2014

  • Tom L

    Well so far the weather is holding.

    July 8, 2014

  • Gloria

    Forecast for 6:00 Tuesday is 85 and chance of isolated thunderstorms. So we will have to play it by ear. I'll post something closer to the hike time since I live fairly close to let people know how it's looking.

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Kathy

      Unfortunately this work gig keeps stepping in the way of my hiking...will not be able to join you this afternoon....I WILL Get there one day!

      July 8, 2014

    • Gloria

      Work...if only we could get along without it! :-)

      1 · July 8, 2014

  • Anne K.

    Would like to join you but I have a prior commitment.

    July 7, 2014

  • Ed K.

    I might hike with this group tomorrow, since the hike is so close to where I work in Somers, CT. I have been with another group, the Tuesday Night hikers, centered in Amherst, MA, for 6 years. The leaders will e-mail tonight where they are going. After that I will decide who to go with. It is nice to meet new people.

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Gloria

      And we would love to have you join us!

      1 · July 7, 2014

  • Ann Marie s.

    looking forward to meet new people

    July 3, 2014

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