Kettletown State Park

Half Day Hike

DATE: May 21, 2022
END DATE: May 21, 2022

Hike/Event Location: Southbury CT

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Danbury, CT United States

Meeting Time: 11:00 AM

Max # People: 16

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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This hike is being held jointly with the CT Pride Hikers.

Kettletown State Park, straddling Southbury and Oxford, CT, features views of beautiful Lake Zoar on the Housatonic River. This 605 acre park borders approximately two miles of Lake Zoar shoreline. There are six miles of maintained hiking trails that offer panoramic overlooks high above Lake Zoar. Visitors can find a variety of terrain, flora, and fauna along the trails. We'll hike a total of about 5 miles of moderately challenging terrain. We'll start on the Brook trail along a picturesque creek, then cross a park road to start on the blue blazed Pomperaug Trail. We'll loop back on the Crest Trail which occasionally overlooks Lake Zoar, and cross the park road again to return via the Brook Trail.

The park website including maps is at https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Kettletown-State-Park.

The hike will start at 11 AM on Saturday, May 21st. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Bring water and optionally trail snacks due to the length of the hike.

After Hike Social (Update):  For those interested, instead of eating at a local restaurant, there will be a potluck. We are looking forward to this new idea: two CT Pride Hikers members (who are housemates: Kevin & Johnny) are holding a potluck house party that we are all invited to. The address will be sent to those signed up for the hike.  It will take about 40 minutes from the park, but it will be well worth it and will make for a great day.  Your potluck items can be kept in a cooler in your car or you can bring your signature drink ingredients.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

The park is located at 1400 George's Hill Road in Southbury, off of I-84 Exit 14. There is a small Kettletown State Park sign. After you turn into the park, proceed straight ahead down the park road, keeping left where you see a fork to the right for campsites. Shortly thereafter you'll see a grass parking lot on the left where you should park. If you somehow miss it you'll wind up at a cul-de-sac bordering Lake Zoar. You can just turn around to find the grass parking lot now on your right.

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