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Only for Essex Residents. Long drive for nothing

Can’t go unless you live in Essex

This is another hike that I've been doing since I was a kid. It's easy Terrain with little to no Hills and use of the pond entirely around! peaceful and safe I love it here

Short, easy loop trail around reservoir. Nice in winter on snowshoes when fewer people are around. A lot if clean up going on with many downed trees due to wind storm this past summer.

Nice trail easy walking, not well marked , would do it again in the summer or fall

Nice area, wish there was better trail markings. Good winter hike, might go back during the summer time.

a good quick walk. not much of a challenge but good for a quick walk. Go off season as its private and you won't have to pay to get in.

Stunning in the fall. Enjoy!

This trail is not open to non-Essex residents. I was very disappointed to find that out at the gate.

walking
Monday, February 27, 2017

This was the perfect trail to take our 11 year old lab on! She has bad hips and it was very easy and beautiful in the winter. Plenty of room to roam around and there were a lot of other dogs off leash as well! The only thing, as you'd expect this time of year, the majority of the trail was iced over.

A fun, pretty loop. I go off-season to avoid paying the fees. It's a nice trail to snowshoe in the winter. Nice family hike and great for dogs, but people who are afraid of dogs should know that dogs are off leash quite often.

You can't go to this park unless you are a resident!

trail running
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One of the best local loops for an easy trail run. Great before or after work quick workout and you can swim after. Must have a pass to Indian Brook purchase through the tow. Non residents can now purchase passes too.

Before I get to the trail review... I should point out that you need a pass to get in, requiring you to be a resident of Essex.... Which I am. And hold a two year pass.

The review.

Personally I love this park. It is an easy walk, or if you want a easy hike. The well maintained, and well groomed main trail which goes around the resovour holds views of nature and is good or birding in places. I've watched geese in the beaver pond area, and various types of birds all over.

There are some smaller trails which can be accessed in places. One of the lower parking lot, also a loop pushes back into the woods and is marked, but more what I typically hike.... Small and not a wide noticed trail.

There is a bathroom located at the upper parking, but I've never used it.

Also there is another small trail that runs along the road to the upper parking lot. It too is marked and looks decent but I have never hiked it yet. But will.

You can hike, walk, swim, and so on. I rate this as an easy hike, fun for the whole family including your doggie kids....

Can't access the trail without a pass. Only Essex residents can get a pass so unless you live nearby don't waste your time.

Easy walk around the pond. I go every Sunday just to get out. It's beautiful especially in the fall. Great for the kids.

Quite literally your walk in the park. Looks like a great place for some trial running though when the snow melts.

Did this one years ago. It was alright, nothing stood out as hugely special.

I like to go fishing here! I also like how they do not allow motored boats on the pond, so it's very peaceful!

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