For outdoor enthusiasts! The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat offers a unique hiking experience to Gillette Castle, home of the late William Gillette, famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
Please read the itinerary below before signing up. This about a 5 hour event. You will need to be able to do the hike if you want to see the Castle.
Gillette Castle Connection hikers enjoy a 30-minute train ride through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Then passengers detrain at the Ferry Road flagstop for a short hike to the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. The Ferry transports hikers to the base of Gillette Castle State Park, in Hadlyme, for a hike up a hill of moderately graded trails to one of Connecticut's most famous destinations. The entire trip (train ride / hike to ferry / ferry ride / hike up hill to castle) takes about an hour each way. Total hiking distance is approximately 3/8 mile each way, or 3/4 mile roundtrip.
This hiking adventure is recommended for those in good health, with average hiking skills, and appropriate footwear/clothing. It is not suitable for families with small children or strollers due to the hiking terrain.
Chester / Hadlyme Ferry runs as required. On the return trip, hikers must allow for possible waiting time for the Ferry. The train does not stop at the Ferry Road flagstop, unless hikers are there at the scheduled pickup time.
Meet at Essex Station at 10:30am
Train Departs Essex Station at 11:00am
De-Train / Chester at 11:30am
State Ferry & Park Hike is approximately 40 minutes
Arrive Gillette Castle at 12:10am
Train & Boat Departs Castle at 1:45pm
Hike & Ferry approximately 40 minutes
Board Train / Chester at 2:25pm
Board Boat at 2:40pm
Board Train / Deep River at 4:00pm
Arrive at Essex Station at 4:35pm
I would suggest bringing a packed lunch and/or snacks and water for the trip to keep hydrated.
This is a 5 hour event! PLEASE make sure before signing up that you can do the 40 minute hike to the Castle and then another 40 minute hike back.
What? A Train, Ferry, Steam Boat, and a Castle
Where? Essex Train Station in Essex, CT
When? Saturday, June 2nd @ 10:30am
How? With our hiking boots on!
Why? Why the heck not? To cross 4 things off your bucket list!