Edward Garrison Park / Hubbard Sanctuary / Agnes’ Pasture
About 40 acres in Chaplin, CT
Parking: Large lot behind Chaplin Town Hall at 495 Phoenixville Rd, Chaplin, CT
This page is a triple entry for Chaplin’s town park Edward Garrison Park and Joshua’s Trust Hubbard Sanctuary and Agnes’ Pasture.
Garrison Park is a small town park that offers a quarter-mile crushed stone walking track, ball fields, pavilions, and playscapes. Connections to Hubbard Sanctuary as well as the Natchaug Forest total about 3.5 miles of hiking.
Within the boundary of Garrison Park there is a small gravel walking track around the edges of the ball fields that is around a half mile long. Hiking along the edge of the Hubbard Sanctuary leads to a short loop trail along the forest edge around Darling Pond and back to Garrison Park. A yellow connector trail takes you up a steep slope to another Joshua’s Trust property, Agnes’ Pasture. There lies a small loop through the stonewall lined former pasture which is now in early succession.
Another trail branches off as an out-and-back in an adjacent parcel of the Natchaug Forest which eventually leads to a gate at Pumpkin Hill Rd.
Some work has been done to start a disc golf course here
though it hasn’t made progress on my most recent visit (July 2019). I haven’t seen it for myself yet, but I’m told that the course is at least partially completed! (March 2020). History: