Super fun explore ALERT! Time to review the third leg of the Scantic River State Park, this trail is in East Windsor, CT.
This is a gently sloping, easy hike with very clear, well marked, wide trails -- so much gratitude to the collection of volunteers who must spend many hours maintaining this site.
When you arrive at the parking lot at 101 Melrose Road in Windsorville, CT (better known as East Windsor) you see this:
Even though the bridge is tempting, DON'T GO THERE! The bridge only leads to some rambling, brambly paths and some swampy ponds. There are no good trails here. Instead, head to the actual trail head here -- this is where the good hiking is:
You'll start off walking along the river before you turn into the woods and get into some small hills. This is a loop trail so stay on the River Path and you'll eventually end up back at the parking lot. Follow the yellow diamonds. Along the way you'll see things like the cool teepee shown above and an old car graveyard. There's a geocache here in one of the vehicles but don't tell anyone I told you. There's also a few owls who might say hello. The loop trail is a little over two miles.
Unlike other sections of the Scantic River trail, there are no rapids along this trail. There are some good spots to splash and and cool off your tootsies. This is the calmer, quieter section of the river.
There is plenty of available parking on site, but no facilities. Bring a carrier if you have a little one, the trail is not stroller friendly. The park closes at sunset. The teepee is towards the end of the hike -- you can bribe your reluctant hikers along with the promise of this super cool added attraction. See you on the trail!