Visited the beautiful Litchfield Hills area and Torrington vicinity of Connecticut this weekend and last weekend as well. Did some relaxing kayaking on Burr Pond off of Pinewoods Road in Burrville section -Torrington, CT.
This place is truly a Treasure! It is beautiful, peaceful and gentle on the SOUL! The lower area for access has NO parking fees year round - the main part of the state park does during the ON SEASON time frames -till Labor Day I believe.
You can Hike, PICNIC lots of Picnic Tables and Stand up grills -NO GROUND FIRE PITS-but plenty of space and picniking areas with shade and sunshine. Access to water is readily available. Park rangers have been KIND, Helpful, and dedicated -please respect them and their responsibilities! Also, please don't be careless and leave garbage/debris behind - many of our parks and special nature places have lots of floating debris/bottles/ garbage carelessly strewn about these are special places and treasures for all let's not ruin them! Kayakers lets show how much we care!
Also you can visit TOPSMEAD Park before arrival here exit 42 off rt 8 for hiking, relaxing and sensational views!
During regular season (April thru September Labor Day) main bathrooms are open after normal season there is a small auxiliary bathroom open not sure if it is available for winter freezing issues. Many Picnic sites , picnic tables which are being rebuilt and replaced as needed,, with good condition standing grills. NO camping here though. Small friendly beach and access for kayak, canoe, fishing is available.
Open regular season Connecticut Park fees are in effect in the main entrance area-$9.00 a day for parking. Off season -now until April no parking fees applicable.
Easy access off RT 8 -Exit 46 going North, take a left at end of exit follow to next light there are Brown Park Signs posted-take another left follow this road until next traffic light - take a right up steep hill there will be the main park entrance on the left after an access road gate, then a little further down on left is the easy no fee parking lot where you can unload and debark from.
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water