Invigorating weather we have had here in Connecticut, but that won’t stop this adventurous Examiner from getting out there on the trails. You might expect something miserable and uninviting when hiking up here behind the old Manchester Drive-In.
Don’t be fooled by the mass of Iron beams ripping into the sky. That’s just the inviting entrance to this exciting Park with its through way for hikers traveling the Shenipsit trail. In Freja Park, Bolton CT you can see the wide trail in the pictures. Even in the dead of winter, there has been much hiking done already on this trail and now it is well packed.
The snow stops many hikers however where this Examiner goes even experienced hikers would rather not go. This Examiner needs to see the whole thing from above and has provided you with some interesting winter views for you to enjoy from up here on the cliffs along the blue Shenipsit trail.
In this area you have three magnificent hiking, snow shoeing and cross country skiing pathways connected to each other. You have the Bolton’s Freja Park with its magnificent hiking trails that crosses many mountain tops on both sides of the big Bolton Pond.
Then there is the Shenipsit Trail which takes a new start, right here behind the Manchester Drive In, and travels along the Bolton pond with vistas that are impressive. What’s a few miles in and out of deep snow when you enjoying yourself.
Plus the better known Hop River Rail to Trails is always well traveled as hundreds of people use it weekly. It’s an easy hike all year and if you like cruising on cross country skies you might like this too.
Please don’t forget to check out the blue ice cascades along the walls just past the tunnel under I-384. They form every year and when it this cold they get very large.
You can park at Bolton Notch at the base of the Highway however it is a wide right turn just above Bolton Pond right on I-384 so be extra careful!
Adventurous then park at the entrance to the old Drive In at the end of the 1st off ramp of I-384. Rest assured these are excellent winter parklands and it’s pretty cool that these parking places are plowed already this winter.