Bolton Notch State Park

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Bolton Notch State Park

Connecticut

(860) 424-3200

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Things To Do

Overview

Bolton Notch State Park has a wonderfully maintained state hiking trail that makes its way through the park. The trail is part of an old railroad bed that is adjacent to unused power lines, which once provided electricity to the railroad. The trail is very flat and wide, providing an excellent place to walk or ride a bike. The rocks at Bolton Notch State Park reveal that the area was once the site of an ancient transgressing sea, part of which can be observed along the old railroad.

Another interesting feature at Bolton Notch State Park is located at the very top of the "notch." At the top of the cliff, in the marble exposure, there are several caves large enough to accommodate a human. Calcite is the predominate mineral in marble, and as a result, has a tendency to dissolve with the introduction of acidic materials. Over time, the acidic nature of rain has slowly dissolved the marble, and formed caves.

Map of Bolton Notch (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.792322, -72.448050

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking the trails is a great way to see the geology of the park while tasting the winds.

  • Caving

    At the top of the cliff, in the marble exposure, there are several caves large enough to accommodate a human. Calcite is the predominate mineral in marble, and as a result, has a tendency to dissolve with the introduction of acidic materials. Over time, the acidic nature of rain has slowly dissolved the marble, and formed caves.

  • Climbing

    With the different metamorphic rocks in Bolton Notch State Park, climbing is excellent and a lesson in geology.

  • Hiking

    Bolton Notch State Park has a wonderfully maintained State hiking trail that makes its way through the park. The trail is part of an old railroad bed that is adjacent to unused power lines, which once provided electricity to the railroad. The trail is very flat and wide, providing an excellent place to walk or ride a bike. The rocks at Bolton Notch State Park tell us that the area was once the site of an ancient transgressing sea, part of which can be observed along the old railroad.

Directions

Driving

The entrance to Bolton Notch State Park lies at the intersection of Route 44 and 384.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 424-3200

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