Activities: Bird Watching, Car-top Boating, Picnicking Services: Fishing Pier, Access to Connecticut River
Short, easy trails that are usually full of people and children. The trails in the woods are not well marked. When I feel like a quick stroll it's nice with some lovely views. But it's not great when my dogs and I have serious energy to burn, or when I don't feel like company.
This hike through the grounds of Gillette Castle is easy and suitable for all ages. Trails pass near the Connecticut River and feature a railroad bridge left from the railroad that was once on the estate. The December weekend I visited, the castle was open to visitors and decorated for the Christmas holidays. In the picnic area, a bonfire and hot cider were provided so that could take the chill off. I understand this was done to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the castle's inception and am not sure whether it will become an annual tradition.
Memories a bit rusty, but I went here last winter for hiking. Various trails as I recall, some great vistas right on the river, at a nice elevation. We watched bald eagles from above, as they fished below us. The castle is incredible in its own right, just been restored. Easy, scenic, though we didn't pursue anything strenuous, and it may exist. Have some pix here.