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).

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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

hiking
Sunday, November 15, 2015

hiking
Monday, October 05, 2015

walking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

The 3, 200 acre McLean Game Refuge has many options for hikes, but this is one of my favorites. I entered the refuge through the gate on Canton Road. There is room here for a few cars to park along the side of the road. I followed the woods road down the hill and took a right (north) going toward Trout Pond. Up and over the hill and you come down to a bridge over Bissell Brook. A little farther, and the purple North Trail goes off to the left. At the top of the ridge (an esker?), turn left again and follow the purple blazes to the woods road. Early in the spring, you can start to hear the Wood Frogs that are up ahead in Kettle Pond. They are really loud and come out even when there is ice still on the pond. From the woods road, turn left again following the purple North trail down past Kettle Pond. The level of the pond is really low right now. The place I took the picture from is usually under water. In addition to Wood frogs, you can often see the Eastern newt and painted turtles. Up to the edge of a field and around through a beautiful pine forest. I am leery of ticks so I only take the path through the field in the winter when the vegetation is low or covered. The frame of an old tractor is sitting in the woods here. A left down to Spring Pond (there is no trail marker). Spring Pond is a nice spot, quieter than Trout Pond. There is a little shelter here, not really a cabin. I don't usually see geese at this pond, but I have seen kingfishers and herons. If you walk around the pond, you will probably see painted turtles basking on the logs.
The trail map on the game refuge website is quite detailed. I have a folding map of the refuge that I picked up at some event. With so many trails in the refuge, I find it quite helpful. I am not sure, but you may be able to get one if you contact the refuge at their website.