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CASE MOUNTAIN TRAILS

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Trail Highlights
The Case Mountain Recreation Area encompasses approximately 640 acres of combined open space and watershed lands stretching from the Glastonbury town line north to I-384 in the southeastern section of Manchester. Trails are maintained by the Manchester Conservation Commission, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and concerned volunteers. The trail system consists of 7 individual blazed trails, the Carriage Path white blazed fire road, and the Shenipsit blue blazed through trail cover well over 10 miles of varying terrain. Access to the trails provided from 4 trail head locations with parking and kiosks with permanently mounted trails system maps, general trail information and hand-out maps. Hikers should consider the area moderately difficult while mountain bikers will be technically challenged. Motor vehicles of all types are not permitted on trails.

The white blazed Carriage Path fire road is the most widely used route to the summit of Lookout Mountain (elevation 744 feet) with panoramic views of the western hills and the skyline of Hartford. This route is directly accessed from the Case Pond or Spring St. trailheads. At a brisk pace, the summit can be reached in 25 minutes. Case Pond provides seasonal licensed fishing and can be accessed from the Carriage Path.

The wooded summits of Case Mountain (elevation 735 feet) and Birch Mountain (elevation 786’) can be reached from the blue/yellow trail. Trail signage provides correspond to numbers on the handout maps. These trails are not wheelchair accessible.

PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY

Spring Street Trailhead Traveling Eastbound
I-384 east, exit 4, take right onto Spring Street, travel by waterfall and over one lane stone bridge, parking lot on your left.

Spring Street Trailhead Traveling Westbound
I-384 west, exit 4, take right onto Highland Street, take right onto Spring Street, travel by waterfall and over one lane stone bridge, parking lot on your left.

Line Street Trailhead
Same directions as Spring Street Trailhead except stay on Spring St. after going over stone bridge, take 4th left onto Gardner Street, follow Gardner Street until it ends at an abrupt right turn onto Line Street, look for parking area on right.

Case Pond Trailhead Travelling Eastbound
I-384 east, exit 4, take left onto Spring Street, right at traffic light onto Highland Street, turns into Camp Meeting Road, first right onto Birch Mountain Road, take immediate right into parking lot.

Case Pond Trailhead Traveling Westbound
I-384 west, exit 4, take right onto Highland Street, stay straight through traffic light, turns into Camp Meeting Road, first right onto Birch Mountain Road, take immediate right into parking lot.

Shenipsit Trailhead Traveling Eastbound
I-384 east, exit 4, take left onto Spring Street, right at traffic light onto Highland Street, turns into Camp Meeting Road, first right onto Birch Mountain Road, go by Sharon Road and on the right look for dirt parking area.

Shenipsit Trailhead Traveling Westbound
I-384 west, exit 4, take right onto Highland Street, stay straight through traffic light, turns into Camp Meeting Road, first right onto Birch Mountain Road, go by Sharon Road and on the right look for dirt parking area.

Trail Head: See above
Hours: dawn to dusk
Length: combined 10 miles of various blazed trails
Surface: rough ground and rocky in areas
Difficulty: moderate to
difficult/technically challenging for mt bikers
Bike Lockers: No
Contact: Tom Leone Jr., Commissioner, Manchester Conservation Commission, 860-645-6204 or e-mail at: bsar1@aol.com
Website:

For more information and maps on the Shenipsit Trail visit:
Connecticut Explorer's Guide pages for the Shenipsit Trail

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