Date Visited: September 10, 2016
Location: 145 Lang Rd, Windsor, CT (15 mins north of Hartford, CT and half an hour south of Springfield, MA)
Hours: Open everyday, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is ample parking(about 100 parking spots) in the main parking area as you enter by the soccer and baseball fields. There is also a smaller parking area by the dog park on your right as you enter the park that can accommodate about a dozen cars.
Size: 473 acres, 12 miles of trails
Trail Difficulty: Easy to somewhat moderate in some areas
Time To Allot For Visit: 2 to 3 hours
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: dog park, ponds, trails, flowers, reservoir, ball fields, wildlife, animals, tobacco museum, venue for events during the spring and summer
Web Site: Northwest Park
Trail Map: Northwest Park Trail Map
Since summer is winding down, I decided to take in one last trip to one of New England’s more popular parks while the weather was still warm.
With over 12 miles of trails, a reservoir and miles of trails, Northwest Park is a scenic, family friendly park that is a great place to take your dog.
At the entrance of the park, there is a small, penned in dog park called the Windsor Dog Park.
In a way, it is odd to have a dog park in a park that is essentially a dog park. I do suppose the penned in dog park would be good for dogs that may be too aggressive to be around other dogs or might be too shy or not yet socialized.
Along the trail past the main entrance, there is a pond with an overlook. The pond is full of turtles, frogs and even Koi fish. One of the visitors at the park threw some bread into the pond. Who knew turtles liked to eat bread!
There is also an organic and community garden at the park.
There is also a barn with farm animals and other animals at the park.
One of the special parts of the park is the art scattered around the park.
The trails at the park are pretty much flat and easy to negotiate with some slight inclines.
There are several trails at Northwest Park. We took the Brookside and Rainbow Reservoir trails. The Brookside trail is heavily wooded without much to see except a few chipmunks. The name Brookside seemed a bit misleading as there really wasn’t a brook to be found from the trail.
Eventually, we found ourselves by the Rainbow Reservoir. The surface of the water was a strange shade of lime green.
There were some boats in the water and even a water skier.
The trails are full of pretty trees, colorful flowers and a few abandoned barns.
You ever notice what the inside of an abandoned barn looks like? Then, wonder no longer. It’s actually pretty boring. The video below gives a better look inside.
There were also a lot of critters to see along the trails. This chipmunk thought she could hide from me.
This squirrel wasn’t any better at hiding.
This bird was a bit better at hiding.
Finally, on our way out of the park, we decided to check out the tobacco museum. The museum shows the history of the tobacco crop industry and the tools and machines they used.
Northwest Park is a great place to take your dog. The trails are not very hard to walk and there are lots of open spaces for your dog to roam. I found two very friendly dogs to photograph during my visit.
Tally is an 11 year old Shephherd mix.
Lada is a 1 year and 7 month old German Shepherd.
Below is a video of the water skier I saw at Rainbow Reservoir and a video of the inside of the abandoned barn I saw along the trails.
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