Hiking and Nature

History of Suffield
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - A trail system covering over 80 miles generally following the canal built in the 1820's. This trail stretches from New Haven through Massachusetts, passing directly through Suffield. For more information visit: http://www.fvgreenway.org/
  • Metacomet Trail - A blue-blazed Connecticut Forest & Parks Association Trail, traverses the summit of West Suffield Mountain from the south. The north end was re-routed in 1985 to follow west and north boundaries of Sunrise Park through Suffield Land Conservatory property to the junction of Phelps and Mountain Roads. There are no fires or camping allowed on this trail. www.ctwoodlands.org
  • Windsor Locks Canal Trail - This historic 4.5-mile trail stretching from Windsor Locks to Suffield, was once used during the 1800's by horses and mules to tow boats along the canal. The canal trail is open from April to October.
  • Lewis Farm Wildlife Sanctuary - This 90 acre sanctuary located on Hill Street offers hiking, nature study and cross-country skiing. The entrance roadway is at 1035 Hill Street, about 2 miles north of Route 168. Park open May 1 to October 25. http://www.hartfordaudubon.org/sanctuary.htm
  • Hugh M. Alcorn and Howard Wells Alcorn Wildlife Preserves - Located on the east side of Mountain Road, across from Phelps Road. This 25 acre wooded land was acquired by the Suffield Land Conservancy on December 28, 1983 and is open to the public. http://www.orgsites.com/ct/slc/index.html
  • Jesse F. Smith Memorial Forest - Dedicated May 30, 1959 as a memorial to Jesse Fowler Smith-minister, teacher and naturalist. Open for public picnicking, camping with a permit, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. This park closes at dusk and is located on Halladay Avenue West.
  • Stony Brook Park - This 70-acre park was given to the town by Charles S. Bissell in 1968 for park conservation purposes. Open to public hiking, fishing, picnicking, cross-country skiing and camping with a permit. Closes at dusk. Parking available off Route 75 nearing Remington Street and also on Remington near Mountain Road entrance.

The following is a link for all Suffield Parks and Fields, run by the Parks and Recreation Department. http://www.suffieldtownhall.com/filestorage/143/3005/Parklist.html