CFPA Ramble: Limestone Kilns, Marble Caves and Old Mining Roads
Join us for a geological and nature adventure as we hike through a unique ridge-top ecosystem dominated by chestnut oak, pitch pine and mountain laurel. Follow along old mining roads that lead to the ruins of an early 1800's colonial limestone kiln. Investigate the marble caves and quarries as well as large rock ledges (most likely used by Native Americans for shelter). Enjoy dramatic overlooks of the Housatonic River while enjoying snacks. Observe evidence of primary succession where reindeer lichens, mosses, grasses, lowbush blueberry, and oaks all grow. What spring wildflowers and migrating birds will we see? Come and find out!
This free 2.5-mile hike is geared for families with school-age children (age six and older), as well as singles. The trails are easy to moderate with some steeper hills. Children and adults should be of sufficient fitness to hike the planned distance. No dogs, please.
This free guided outing is sponsored by the CFPA Rambles program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).
As program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, CFPA Rambles are intended to bring people, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained CFPA Ramble Guides, these FREE, engaging outings are offered on trails around the state every month throughout the year. Each CFPA Ramble is designed to show the people of Connecticut how easy and enjoyable a ramble can be and to feature the many different outdoor opportunities our state has to offer.
To prepare for a safe and enjoyable CFPA Ramble:
- Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
- Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
- Leave pets at home (unless otherwise noted);
- Wear sturdy shoes; and
- Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.