Shenipsit: Garnet Ledge
1,437 acres in Glastonbury, CT
- North End: From Case Mountain closest parking is the Line St. Lot – Line St, Manchester, CT
- South End: Shoulder parking on Birch Mountain Road
Trail Map Trails: 3.1 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The area known as Garnet Ledge spans from John Tom Hill to the southern border of Case Mountain. It is largely trailed by a 3.1 mile section of the Shenipsit Trail with a connection to Gay City State Park. It is a popular area with mountain bikers and connects indistinguishably with Buckingham Reservoir. The trail features quiet woods, rocky ledges, and an tiny overlook.
- The trail enters the woods after the road walk just after a curve in the road and enters the Riley and Swan Estate parcels of the Kongscut Land Trust. The trail is fairly flat and surrounded by ferns in summer. After a couple curving stretches you’ll climb a hill to boulder junction with its set of erratics. The next stretch grows increasingly rockier as we enter the actual ledge area. The trail swoops up and down hills eventually climbing between rocks to a pine covered ledge and the aptly named Pine Ledge Overlook. Trail maps on site note a short spur trail to an overlook which I haven’t found on my visits instead there is a tiny window between the trees with a blocked view west. The trail then descends steeply off the ridge to cross Roaring Brook in interesting fashion before climbing again to reach Birch Mountain and the Case Mountain trail network
There are a number of mountain bike trails here criss crossing the forest with connections to the Case Mountain, Buckingham Reservoir, and Gay City/Blackledge areas.
The two Kongscut Land Trust parcels are the Riley Tract and the Swan Estate. The Riley Tract (88.4 acres) was donated by Bernice “Bunny” Swan in 1991 after being in her family ( Strickland) for many generations. The Swan estate parcel (26 acres) was given by Bernice Swan’s heirs, Marian Sauter, Evelyn Chapman, and Donald Taylor. Evelyn Chapman’s share was given in installments over an 11 year period beginning in 1998.
- CTMQ – Shenipsit Trail: Section 2 (2010)
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Last updated June 11th, 2023
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