My Old Stompin' Grounds
In Connecticut, United States
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When I was a kid, this was my neighborhood. I used to get lost in these woods on purpose. It's one of the most beautiful areas I know. There was a book by the local artist Jo Polseno that came out years ago, called Secrets of Redding Glen. This is one of those secrets. Follow the Ravine trail with the white blazes.
Park at N41 17.420 W73 23.500. Do not attempt to fish at this area without first obtaining a Bridgeport Hydraulic Fishing permit and a CT state fishing license, you must have both. You also will want a hiking permit from the Aquarion/Bridgeport Hydraulic company, you can download it here: (visit link) or you can get them at the town hall at N41 18.360 W73 22.912, Mon-Fri during open hours, in the town clerk's office. Hiking permits are free, and simply consists of a map of the the trails. They will issue day fishing passes, too. The white trail starts here BUT!!!!! first go across the street and turn right, go to the driveway and head up it, see the sign for the Ravine Trail up on the right side of the driveway, do not disturb the white house, and DO NOT PARK in this driveway. If you take the white trail from the parking area there is not enough sight distance to cross the street safely, cars go too fast, so please be careful and use caution. Don't do this cache at night because of the parking, and the fact that there are steep cliff drop offs back here. Stay on the white trail, until you may find remnants of a blue trail. The mann and I didn't see where it went, but there are blue blazes near the cache area. Near the cache you will see the Tussock Bog. You can access the trail from Deer Hill Road, but the way we went in is prettier and you don't have to deal with the McMansions at all. It's rolling terrain, mostly uphill on the way in with down hills to cool you off, and a couple of small stream crossings. The cache is a decon container with a log book, pencil, pencil sharpener, and small trade items. Please do not take the pencil sharpener. Use caution around the cliffs if you bring children. I hope you will enjoy the beauty and the secrets Redding Glen has to offer. The reservoir was man made back in the 1930's. There were houses and roads in the area. Remnants of these old roads can be seen back here. When the reservoir gets really low, you can sometimes see the old foundations. PS: I found a set of keys right on the trail, after I placed this cache, that go to a GM vehicle. Someone wasn't too happy when they got back to their car!
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Last Updated: on 1/29/2017 10:09:53 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (6:09 PM GMT)
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