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Date Of Visit: September 9, 2017
Location: 149 Farms Village Road (Route 309), Simsbury, CT (25 minutes northwest of Hartford, CT)
Hours: open daily, sunrise to sunset
Cost: On weekends and holidays, admission tot he park costs $9 for residents of Simsbury and $15 for non residents. There is no charge during weekdays and during the off season.
Parking: There are a few parking areas with ample parking
Trail Size/Difficulty: The main hiking and biking trail is 1.2 miles round trip. The trail is easy.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: Stratton Brooks State Park
Fitbit Stats: 2.52 miles, 5,105 steps, 468 calories burned
Highlights: trails, covered bridge, beach, lake, swimming, fishing, cycling trails
- admission to the park is free during the weekdays and after Labor Day (or at least it was free during my visit the week after Labor Day)
- Stratton Brooks is considered the first “completely wheelchair accessible” park in Connecticut
- The nature center is open on certain days (it was closed during my visit)
There’s a reason why the Connecticut tourism website calls September the “second summer.” With the last vestiges of summer lingering and the sparks of autumn blooming, this is perhaps the best time of the year to visit the parks and attractions of New England.
The trails at Stratton Brooks are easy and level with hardly any inclines. The main trail goes past some residential homes. So, it’s important to stay on the trail.
Brooks Stratton, originally called Massacoe State Forest, was originally used to demonstrate forest fire control adjacent to railroads. The railroad tracks have since been replaced by a biking and hiking trail. White pines line the main hiking trail.
The covered bridge at the park was built in 1985, spans 45″. It offers pretty views of Stratton Brook.
The beach at the park is a popular destination during hot summer days. It has a decent sized beach area and enough room for everyone to splash around.
In 1996, this park became Connecticut’s first state park that is completely accessible by wheelchair. But, I think some areas, such as the main hiking trail which can be rocky and the beach area, may be hard to maneuver around.
Besides hiking, cycling, running and swimming, the park also offers an area for fishing, trout is the main fish people catch. During the winter ice fishing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating are popular activities at the park. Besides the trout that swim in the pond, there are other inhabitants of the pond such as ducks and a few frogs.
There is lots of room for dogs to roam around and play. I saw quite a few cute dogs during my visit at Stratton Brooks.
Adisson is a playful one and a half year old Terrier mix,
Juju (short for Jujube) is a Chihuahua mix. Fun fact: Juju doesn’t care for other dogs but she likes cats and people!
Sage is a rescue dog. His guardian wasn’t sure what his breed or age is. But, he’s a sweetheart!
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