Senator George P. McLean gave to the Simsbury and Granby area an extraordinary legacy through his preservation of 3,200 acres of abandoned farms and wild land. In these woods, he found respite from the pressures of state and national politics where his career included U.S. Attorney General for Connecticut (1892-1896); Governor of Connecticut (1901-1903) and U.S. Senator (1911-1917 and 1918-1929).

Love this place for running and hiking. It’s great for my dog too since a brook flows through much of the place. I feel safe hiking here in the fall since there is no hunting in the refuge.

This is a wonderful place to go for a run or just meander through the woods. Salmon brook follows you much along the way so it a great place to bring dogs too. I love this place!

Loved this hike for my puppy and I. It's beautiful and quiet with lots of little streams and ponds to check out.

A trail map at the Barndoor entrance would be helpful. We found a juvenile black bear on the trail to the Trout Pond. Would not do this one alone, but a lot of nice trails here.

This is not an easy trail of you take the summit route. Take the Spring Pond route for an easy hike

Love taking our dog out here! Great family hiking

Great family spot

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