Bennett's Pond State Park

Description

In the late 1800s, spurred by the new railroad connection to its lofty village and the fact that nearby countryside reaches 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level, Ridgefield began to be discovered by wealthy New York City residents, who assembled large estates and built huge "summer cottages" throughout the higher sections of town. One of the more noteworthy estates was Col. Louis D. Conley's "Outpost Farm", which at one point totalled nearly 2,000 acres (8.1 km2), some of which is now Bennett's Pond State Park;

The Bennett's Pond trail system makes use of existing old logging roads and trails, and avoids the more sensitive areas and steep slopes where erosion could result. An excellent view of the pond is afforded from the green trail that runs along the southern edge of the pond. The orange trail connects the property to the Pine Mountain preserve, and the blue trail to the Hemlock Hills preserve. The land contains a large variety of natural features, including the pond and its wetland system, small streams, gentle slopes, open fields, and steep rocky cliffs to the north



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