Going On A Magical Ride

Some people head to Madison for a day along Long Island Sound at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Some visit Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale for a ride on the magical charity carousel. But what if you could go to a place and sit on ledges where braves from the Hammonasset tribe might have stood waiting for a buck to pass by?

The Indian Rock Shelters trail is an easy, level 1.2-loop trail through what I believe are some of the most scenic geologic outcroppings along the shoreline open to the public. The trail is a wonderful place to take your children and teach them about the original landowners and a little about the rocks that date back 560-570 million years ago.

The trail can be accessed by traveling along Route 80 in Madison to Summer Hill Road. Go north on Summer Hill and then take a left onto Twilight Drive and another left onto Lake Drive. Park at the end of the cul-de-sac and look for the trail head. Follow the blazes along the loop trail. For a trail map, visit www.scrcog.org/ and click on "Regional Trails" and scroll down to Madison and Indian Rock Shelters Trail.

While you're there, take some pictures and e-mail me some ( pmarteka@courant.com), along with your impressions of the experience. I'll share them with other iTowns readers.

You can view Peter Marteka's videos online, along with his Nature's Path column, at www.courant.com/marteka. His column also appears in Friday's Hartford Courant.

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