Trails to treasures
BREAKNECK POND (CONN.)
This pond is a long, narrow, Ice Age remnant flanked by low ridges, shady forests, gnarly boulders, and abundant mountain laurel. The scenic area, a fishing haven, offers intimate opportunities to observe beavers, songbirds, and wildflowers.
HIKE: The 5.8-mile moderate hike begins and ends on the one-mile East Ridge Trail. Follow the Nipmuck and Breakneck Pond View trails to circle the pond; designated camping sites are located on both trails. Longer hikes are available using the adjoining trail network.
TRAILHEAD: Picnic area on Bigelow Ponds north shore, Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union.
REGULATIONS:Preregister with Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection two weeks in advance.
AMENITIES: Lean-to, tenting areas, fire rings (no outhouses). www.ct.gov