Hike Babcock Pond

Babcock Pond Wildlife Management Area is kind of like that blank canvas and you have the artist's palette filled with a blot of meadows, a squirt of swamps, a spot of lily-covered ponds and smudge of pine forests. And it is up to you to pick up walking stick and create-your-own hike masterpiece because there is one main road bisecting the more than 1,500 acres of forest, swamp and ponds and miles of unmarked trails snaking through the natural world canvas. Miles Standish Road, just off Route 16 in Colchester, is a narrow, dirt path along the eastern edge of Babcock Pond, and is your main access. The road, lined by stone walls and deep swaths of ferns, is a bit rough in places for the average car. The main parking area is located about a mile down on the right. Unmarked, easy-to-follow paths diverge from the parking area and pass through a pine forest into several open fields. Read story here.
John Woike, woike@courant.com
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