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Park information: Audubon Center Bent of the River is a 700-acre nature sanctuary with over 15 miles of trails. I enjoy the different sceneries of wood, open areas and river views. Trails are well kept. Trail maps are available at the trail head. There is enough parking space for approx. 20 cars - though I have never seen more than 4.
Blue trail up Candlewood Mountain and back. You should be sure-footed and like going over large rocks. I took the loop to Kelly slide: Very steep passages, be prepared to use your hands and hold on to vegetation. Don't go this loop in rain or if the ground and the rocks are wet! The mountain top does not have a view, but there is a fire place and rocks to sit on. Made a lot of pictures to give you an idea.
Nice little hike. Views are great and scenery is wonderful, fairly rocky. Hiked the south end of the Metacomet trail and some goes off park property. Loop around lake is really nice, lots of roots and not very rocky.
I'm an experienced hiker and nothing was difficult about the trails. Saw a few mountain bikers and it was bow season as well. Trails are well marked until you find yourself off park property and then there are small orange tags on trees that alert you.
Overall would recommend exploring these trails, you won't be disappointed.