Nipmuck Yale Forest

41.935958, -72.161613


Nipmuck Trail : Yale Forest

Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail

in Ashford, CT

Parking: Small pull-off near 253-77 Boston Hollow Rd Ashford, CT

Trail Map

Boston Hollow Rd is an unpaved road through the Boston Hollow ravine.  I had the surreal experience of visiting this spot for the first time while driving in a friend’s 1930 Model A.  Bumping along on the dirt road in an old car through this unique ravine was the best way to start this hike.

From the pull-off the Nipmuck Trail swiftly ascends the western ridge of the ravine, though steep the climb is fairly short.  The trail then heads off the ridge and soon reaches a rocky overlook with a view southwest.

The trail then winds through the forest and ledges in a hilly hike until reaching Barlow Mill Rd.  A loop hike can be done here by hiking back on Barlow Mill towards Boston Hollow and back to the pull-off.  The approximate distance is around 4 miles.

From Barlow Mill Rd the trail also continues north to Bigelow Hollow State Park.

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Boston Hollow is one of the most well-preserved ravine faults in eastern Connecticut.  Boston Hollow Rd is a portion of the Center Turnpike, constructed in 1827.


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Last updated July 15, 2019

Posted in Blue-Blaze Trails

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