Topstone Park

Description

Topstone Park, formerly part of the estate of the photographer Edward Steichen, was purchased by the Town of Redding in 1971. An additional 117 acres were purchased by Redding Open Lands, Inc. Forty of those acres were subsequently deeded to Connecticut Audubon Society.

Topstone is Redding's only municipal park. With a 25-acre pond as its principal feature, the park is managed primarily as a swimming club for Redding residents who pay an annual fee.

Possibly the most exciting trail at Topstone is the Stuart Chase long View Trail, named for Redding's own "Mister open Space" and for the "Long View" title of the newspaper column he wrote over the years. Ascending Topstone Mountain steeply at first, the trail levels out across the top of the escarpment, affording views of the pond to the east, and finally, at the trail's end, a very long view in all seasons to Long island. Here perhaps, is one of the best views in all of Redding. To avoid backtracking the entire way most hikers prefer to descend the mountain on the South Topstone Mountain Trail to the Topledge Trail, then back to the Pond Trail and the parking lot.



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