I am not an avid hiker.  To be honest, I have very little interest in the “great outdoors” but when looking for areas to explore with my family that are inexpensive and close by, Devil’s Den popped into my mind.  After hearing so much about it, it was time to spend a summer morning exploring.

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Here’s the good news, you don’t have to be a professional mountain climber to explore and enjoy what this 1,746 acre nature preserve has to offer.  Spreading over both Redding and Weston, Devil’s Den Preserve is the perfect spot to visit during a Connecticut staycation.

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According to Wikipedia: “The preserve’s name derives from local lore: charcoal makers in the hilly, rocky area would say that a hoof-like mark made in a boulder was the footprint of the Devil.[1]

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I was pleasantly surprised to find a good amount of parking and maps available at the entrance.  The trails are beaten down (which is great for an amateur like myself and a young child) and there are over 20 miles of paths to choose from.  The tree’s are clearly marked with spray paint to make sure you’re on the right path and markers can be found through the woods.  Since we were with a seven-year-old I was concerned that some areas would be too difficult for her to navigate.  That wasn’t the case at all.  She was just the right height for climbing some of the rocks, and she would get super excited whenever we stumbled upon a bridge or a historical marker.

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Animal enthusiasts will definitely be pumped to see all types of birds.  I know there are foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and snakes too- but I was happy to avoid all of those during our hike.

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It’s incredibly quiet too.  Even though we could randomly hear the gentle laughter of kids in the distance, we never really saw anyone else on the trails except near the start.  You choose your path, so ultimately you choose how far you would like to hike.  A perfect stop on a Connecticut staycation.  Just remember the bug spray… lots of it.

 

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