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Nutmeg and Laurel
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This traditional cache is not far off of a trail which is near the Ridgefield "rails to trails" hiking path. Placement of the cache was approved by the Town of Ridgefield.
The Ridgefield "rails to trails" hiking path was constructed on an abandoned railroad bed along the old Branchville line. The path is well maintained along the entire 2.4 miles along what is today a Connecticut Light & Power right of way for their high voltage transmission line. The path runs from the Quail Ridge area near the center of town to Florida Road which is near Branchville. Branchville is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 7 and State Highway 102. The path offers a pleasant walk through some of Ridgefield's most beautiful wooded and wetland areas. There are a handful of houses, mostly along Cooper Road on the eastern end of the trail, so to avoid trespassing, do not enter the woods until your GPS indicates that you are roughly perpendicular to the cache. You can park at either end of the trail or at a couple of places in between where local streets intersect the path. If you want a nice hike, it is recommended to park at either Quail Ridge or at Florida Road. If you want the shortest possible hike (less than a mile roundtrip) park at Cooper Hill Road. The parking area at Florida Road is very small. Just right for a motorcycle or Jeep. If you are in a large SUV, park at one of the other locations.
Quail Ridge: N 41° 17.048 W 073° 29.340
Ivy Hill Road: N 41° 16.773 W 073° 28.992
Cooper Hill Road: N 41° 16.461 W 073° 27.920
Florida Road: N 41° 16.675 W 073° 27.177
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:21:27 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:21 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum