Seth Low Pierrepont State Park

Description

Over two miles of trails wind through mixed deciduous forest of oak, sweet birch, chestnut oak, tulip, and hickory. Swamp areas contain red maple, ash, and yellow birch. Striped maple is abundant on the slopes. There is an unusually large patch of horsetails along the lake shore, and marsh marigolds are abundant in the wetlands. In years past a swan's nest had been sighted at the point where the white trail leaves the lake.

Four different trails - white , yellow, blue, and orange - are in the park. The white trail goes around Pierrepont Lake and then follows a stream to the junction with the blue trail loop. The white continues upward toward the summit, and the blue crosses the stream and follows it to its source in the head of a canyon. In the spring, water trickles out of cracks in the ledge, and ferns and mosses grow lush as a result of the plentiful water. The yellow trail offers a more level by-pass loop off the white trail, but does not go to the summit. The orange trail runs a short distance between the blue trail and Pinecrest Drive.

Two overlooks offer excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The one on the white trail in near the top of Barlow Mountain (950'), and on some days Long Island Sound and long island can be seen. The outcropping on the blue trail offers views of the West Mountain area and New york State. There are also vistas along the white and yellow trails, especially when the leaves are off the trees.

General Wooster led his troops down Old Barlow Mountain Road during the Revolutionary War. John Barlow's blacksmith shop was located here. An old foundation of the Scott house dating from the 1720's can be seen at the boat launch area. The stone walls and enclosures in the park were built by the Scott family when the farmed the land.

Though donated to the State of Connecticut by Ridgefield resident Seth Low Pierrepont, this property is maintained by the Fairfield County Chapter of the Sierra Club and Ridgefield Town rangers. A kiosk near the parking area on Barlow Mountain Road displays a trail map and other information about the park.

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