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Humaston Brook State Park
Humaston Brook State Park Ice Fishing © Gary Jordan
On Northfield Lake, in Humaston State Park, we found two gentlemen ice fishing.
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Humaston Brook State Park, located in Litchfield County, Connecticut, is a serene natural haven spanning 141 acres. It features picturesque landscapes with lush forests and the tranquil Humaston Brook running through it. The park offers opportunities for hiking along its trails that wind around ponds filled with diverse wildlife. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking or simply relaxing amidst this peaceful setting away from city bustle.

History of the Area
Located in Litchfield County, Connecticut, the park was established in 1920. It spans over 141 acres of land and water bodies. The area is named after a local family - Humaston.

The state acquired this property from Frank Warden in two transactions during the early twentieth century. In its initial years as a public space, it served primarily for fishing activities due to its brook's abundance.

In addition to recreational use by locals and tourists alike today, it also serves an important role in wildlife conservation efforts within Connecticut.

Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.

- Humaston Brook State Park Main Trail: This is the primary trail in the park, stretching for approximately 2.5 miles through a variety of terrains including forested areas and alongside brooks.

- Blue Blazed Hiking Trail: A part of Connecticut's extensive blue-blaze hiking system, this moderately challenging route covers around 3 miles within Humaston Brook State Park featuring scenic views and diverse wildlife sightings.

- Waterfall Loop Trail: An easy-to-moderate hike that spans about half a mile round trip; it takes hikers to an enchanting waterfall nestled deep into the woods with several vantage points along its course.

- Wildlife Observation Pathway: Specifically designed for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, this less-traveled path provides opportunities to observe various species in their natural habitats - length unknown due to multiple offshoots catering different observation spots.

- Picnic Area Access Route : Shortest pathway leading directly from parking area towards designated picnic zones amidst lush greenery - roughly quarter-mile long making it ideal even for non-hikers or families with young children.

-Nature Study Trails : These are short interpretive trails scattered throughout the park aimed at educating visitors on local flora & fauna as well as geological features - lengths vary but none exceed one-third mile each.

-Brookside Walkway : As name suggests,this tranquil walk follows closely beside babbling brooks offering soothing soundscape during your stroll- exact distance not specified since walkers can choose how far they wish to go before turning back.

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Directions from Hartford, Connecticut:
- Start on I-91 S.
- Take exit 29 for US 5 S/CT15 toward Berlin Turnpike/Newington.
- Merge onto CT -15S/Wilbur Cross Pkwy.

From New Haven, Connecticut:
- Begin at I95 N
- Exit to merge onto Wilbur Cross Parkway/I691 W towards Meriden/Hartford
- Continue straight until you reach the park.

From Bridgeport, Connecticut:
- Get on Route 8 Northbound and continue till Waterbury
- From there take a right turn into Interstate84 East (I84 E)
- Follow signs for Humaston Brook State Park

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