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Topsmead State Forest

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Topsmead State Forest

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Jon wrote a review Apr. 18
115 contributions98 helpful votes
Misnamed. It has much more meadows than forest. It is a nice place for picnicking or kite flying but we naively thought that we would be able to hike in the woods. Not at this 'forest'.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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gk347N wrote a review Mar. 2021
Oxford, Connecticut314 contributions70 helpful votes
On a beautiful spring day it was lovely. Unfortunately the house is closed. The park has great hiking and great views. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Rayasimone wrote a review Mar. 2021
North Miami Beach, Florida3 contributions
Great hike during a chilly day in feb. The trails were amazing I can only imagine how beautiful this place is during the summer and fall months.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Brian M wrote a review Oct. 2020
Hartford, Connecticut498 contributions89 helpful votes
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We are forever indebted to Miss Edith Morton Chase, the astute businesswoman who upon her death bequeathed the entirety of her estate "for the pleasure and enjoyment of the people of Connecticut." Beauty abounds pretty much from the very start. Once you've turned off Buell Road, you're greeted by a low stone wall on either side as you make your way to the parking lot. Even in the parking lot, you can't help but notice the forest before you, the Cotswold cottage a short walk away, and the rolling fields. Walking the open fields is an exercise in losing yourself momentarily in the freshness of it all. I was a bit disappointed by the butterfly garden, but that's because of what I imagined it to be: instead of the large, expansive set-ups that I've visited in the past, this was a small plot of beautiful flowers next to the bird blind. There were no butterflies present when I got there, but the flowers were absolutely gorgeous. The cottage was closed during my visit; the tour hours are confined to certain days during the week. While the tour would have been nice, I didn't leave disappointed. The hike through the woods along the Edith M. Chase Ecology Trail was a highlight to me. In the mailbox at the start of the trail you'll find a pamphlet that explains what you will see and pass at over twenty-five stations during your walk. I found this to be especially informative and intriguing. While this state park is not widely known, the people who had brought their lawn chairs and were having friendly and family chats took full advantage of all that lay around them. Next time, I'll be one of them!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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johnatod wrote a review Oct. 2020
Avon, Connecticut63 contributions20 helpful votes
The former summer estate and working farm of Edith Morton Chase is a peaceful retreat in the Litchfield hills. State 'forest' is misleading, as the part we walked is open fields and rolling hills with scenic vistas and a Cotswold/Tudor inspired mansion that was closed during our visit. The property is well-maintained and the garden areas around the house and the butterfly garden located two fields away still had blooming plants. Visitors enjoyed picnics on the expansive lawn around the house, walks, and kite flying but this beautiful park is a quiet, almost hidden gem. When the house tours resume next year, I will make a return visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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