Herrick Park

Bolton Town Park

20 acres in Bolton, CT

Parking: Medium lot at 29 Hebron Rd, Bolton, CT

Trail Map      Trails: 1 mile      Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Herrick Park is one of those standard town parks with a couple baseball fields, a playground, a tennis court, and so forth.  What interests us here is the Bates Nature Trail.  Standard town parks with short trails can be pretty hit or miss often with the trails fading in disuse.

Thankfully that is not the case here.  A small kiosk next to the parking area introduces you to the orange blazed 1 mile loop trail.  It seems the area was revamped in 2015 thanks to Nicholas Grottole likely as an Eagle Scout project.  The trail starts off among dense trees and winds between roots filled with thick moss before reaching a stone slab bridge.

Not only has this trail been revamped, it’s not the only trail here, unblazed trails lead off towards Rt. 85 and Foxtrot Farm.  The latter is a bit of a problem.  The horses of Foxtrot Farm leave regular deposits as they are ridden on the trails, which left me side stepping every couple hundred feet for most of the loop.

The backside of the loop just clips the edge of an open field off Loomis Street.  I followed the trodden grass at the edge and almost passed where the blazed trail cuts back into the woods.  It seems most who use this trail continue to the next corner of the field and return on a much more established trail there.

From here its a simple return to the parking area for an easy stroll through the woods that takes 25 minutes or so.


Preserved in 1965.  The park is named for and the trail is named for Stanley Bates, who played a large role in acquiring the land for the park.  See CTMQ’s review of the park below for the ebbs and flows in the history of this trail.


The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. 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. is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated October 14th, 2020

Visited 2573 times, 3 Visits today

Related Listings

Mohegan Park


Mohegan Park, Mohegan Park Road, Norwich, CT, USA

Mohegan Park Norwich Town Park 200 acres in Norwich, CT Parking: Several lots near 189 Mohegan Park Rd, Norwich, CT Trail Map      Trails: 3 miles …

Mill Brook Park


41.767405, -72.301995

Mill Brook Park Coventry Town Park 8 acres in Coventry, CT Parking: Small lot near 1265 Main St, Coventry, CT Trail Map           Trails:…

Tariffville Gorge


41.911436, -72.746564

Tariffville Gorge / Cowles Park Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail / East Granby Town Park in East Granby Parking: Main Lot: Medium lot near 238-266 S Main St,…