Size: 9,152 acres (Tunxis State Forest)
Owner: State of CT
Entrance Fee: N/A
Native American folklore
Beautiful hardwood forest
Rumored to have been the meeting place for Native Americans, Indian Council caves is a little known day hike nestled in Northwest Connecticut. The hike is just shy of 4.5 miles round trip, if just hiking to the caves and back, as it is not a loop trail. The trail is great for hikers of all abilities; beginners will feel challenged but not over their heads, as there is not a lot of steep inclines. Moderate hikers will also be pleased with this hike, because of the length. Hikers who like a challenge could continue onward and upward on the Tunxis Trail instead of turning around, viewing the caves from above and exploring other landmarks such as remains of a cellar. This hike is interesting from the very beginning, from the extremely old White Oak, to the huge White Pine Forest, then passing over the beautiful stream ‘Kettle Brook’, and finally to the Caves. There is never a dull moment or lack of something to look at. The actual caves themselves make an amazing spot to have lunch, rest, and explore. A hiker could spend hours just in the cave area itself checking everything out. Parking is across the street in a tiny parking lot, but there are signs pointing the way.
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Look for a small parking area near the intersection of Route 219 and Hillcrest Drive across from the trailhead marked with small blue “Tunxis Trail” sign.
Explore the impressive woodlands of Peoples State Forest, offering all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping. The forest is full of local culture and history, and is a great place to visit during any season.
Enders State Forest is, first and foremost, a generous swath of state-managed woodlands, but Enders Brook is the real gem that makes this place so incredible. For about a half-mile of its run through the forest, the shallow river races beneath the canopy and careens over six or seven different cliffs and ledges, making this little niche in Granby more dense with waterfalls than perhaps anywhere else in the state.