Nipmuck Trail : Iron Mine Valley Section
Connecticut Blue-Blaze Trail
in Ashford, CT
Parking: Small pull-off near 32 Iron Mine Lane, Ashford, CT
This section of the Nipmuck is a relatively easy stretch with highlights in Pixie Falls and Ladies Room Rock.
The trail starts just off the portion of Iron Mine Lane close to Rt. 89. It follows an old woods road until veering off through a stone wall about 1/3rd of a mile down the trail. It passes an old foundation along the way. Crossing over a seasonal stream then heads a bit uphill to a hilly ridge that continues until the red-blazed spur for Pixie Falls. You can generally hear the falls as you approach and a sign high up on a tree notes the spur trail. A short walk brings you to Boston Hollow Brook and the chain of tiny cascades known as Pixie Falls.
Back on the blue-blazed trail you cross an angled bridge over the brook and begin heading uphill towards Ladies Room Rock. A painted rock acts as a sign in the middle of the trail and points in the direction of the large erratic just off the trail. The origin of the name isn’t exactly clear, but the reason seems to be well accepted, that this large boulder provides some privacy for ladies as needed.
From here the Nipmuck winds through a rocky section until it meets with the northern terminus of the Natchaug Trail and then on to Eastford Rd. The next section doesn’t offer any standout features but takes gentle hills through patches of mountain laurel until reaching the next major section at Boston Hollow.
This area is known as Iron Mine Valley for the bog iron pulled from here during the Revolutionary War era.
Peter Marteka – A Magical Waterfall And A River Of Hope In The Wilds Of Ashford (2015)