Indian Council Caves
Tunxis Blue Blaze Trail
Unknown acres in Barkhamstead, CT
Parking: Small pull-off near 199 E Hartland Rd, Barkhamsted, CT
While pet-sitting, I hiked this with my parent’s dog on a late summer day. The pair of us got the last parking spot at the pull-off on 219 and after crossing the road and hoping the guardrail headed off toward the caves. The trail was muddy and wet in several sections, but stretches of mountain laurel, ferns, and mossy rocks more than made up for it.
At 4.5 miles round trip, the hike is satisfying including many picturesque locations. Just before the caves is a small overlook. Though the view isn’t much its a nice rest spot as evidenced by the two women enjoying their lunch on the ledge during my hike. From the overlook, it is a steep climb down to the boulders below. Winding through the rocks and house-sized boulders are several tunnels, crevasses, and dark recesses. While caves are typically large underground chambers, we play fast and loose with that kind of definition in Connecticut. So there are no true caves, but there is certainly a large area to explore and a great hike.
Peter Marteka – The Beckoning of the Indian Council Caves
Steve at CTMQ – Indian Council Caves