314 acres in Killingly, CT
Trail Map Trails: 1.5 miles Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Ross Pond State Park is directly adjacent to Old Furnace State Park so trails here are contiguous. There is only one blazed trail within the Ross Pond boundaries and it is a blue blaze trail managed by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The trail is best accessed from the southern end on Squaw Rock Road (see parking above for link) but can also be accessed from the boat launch at the lower end of Ross Pond.
From the Squaw Rock Rd the trail is 1.1 miles to the main cliff overlook and passes through several different terrains along the way. The main trail never gets to the banks of Ross Pond, but at least one of the side trails does. There is a whole network of these unblazed side trails that are likely popular with mountain bikers. Thunderstorms were threatening on my last hike, so I wasn’t able to roam.
There is the large upper Ross Pond that is the main feature and popular for fishing and boating. The DEEP maintains a car-top/carry in boat launch. Ross Pond (also known as Half Hill Pond) is 31 acres. Use of internal combustion engines prohibited. I’ve seen boats go out but haven’t heard any reports of quality of fishing. The DEEP lists, bass, chain pickerel, and sunfish as pond species.
Established as a state park in 1964.
The A to Z of CT State Parks – Ross Pond State Park
CFPA – Old Furnace Trail
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