Invest $50 on a family pass and what does it get you? Entrance at all of the Regional Water Authority parks in the State of Connecticut for your family for TWO YEARS! Is it really worth it you ask? YES!
If you’re an avid hiker, I bet like me despite being a dog lover that you may find the endless dogs off leashes a bit annoying and perhaps they even scare your kids? Imagine a place where there are no dogs, no ATVs, no crowdedparking lots, clean bathrooms and trash cans along the way. This magical place is as close to Maltby Lakes in Orange/West Haven/New Haven depending what part of the property you are on.
This pass for which I mailed in my check on Monday was turned around by the state with lighting speed. I had passes for my car & family in hand in Saturdays mail. The package contained a code for the lock at the park entrance too.
Once inside the gated entrance on Rt34 on the Orange/West Haven border we parked with 9 other cars. Pretty empty for 11am on a gorgeous Saturday! All the trials were nicely marked with colored paints such as purple, white, green and orange which syncs up to the map provided.
Along the way we saw deers, frogs, swans, geese and chicks! There are 3 lakes and endless spots to stop and picnic. Just as with the Racebrook Tract, this park too loops you back to the parking area and the longest trail is 3 miles. It’s a 3-4 difficulty on a scale of 1-10 on all of the paths. It is only a 4 at times due to needing to climb over some downed trees on the green path which has not yet been fully cleared.
Where are you hiking?