CFPA Ramble: Risley Park Hike
This challenging hike starts in the parking lot just north of Risley Pond on Lake Street in Vernon. Risley Park is the Manchester Land Conservation Trust’s largest parcel of protected land, which spans 155.3 acres in Vernon and Bolton, and hosts a section of the Shenipsit Trail, part of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. The property includes a former orchard, farmland, pond, and meadow.
This will be a strenuous 3.3-mile hike to a ridge with scenic views along the way, with rough and steep terrain, and some wet spots. Depending on the weather, the hike may be shortened to avoid some wet areas, but it will still be strenuous. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. No dogs, please.
Susan is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained CFPA Ramble Guide and Manchester Land Trust volunteer.
This free event is co-sponsored by the Manchester Land Trust and 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.