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Indian Council Caves

Tunxis Blue Blaze Trail

Unknown acres in Barkhamstead, CT

Parking: Small pull-off near 199 E Hartland Rd, Barkhamsted, CT

Trail Map


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.

History:


Links:

Peter Marteka – The Beckoning of the Indian Council Caves

Steve at CTMQ – Indian Council Caves

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Oct. 29, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Links:

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