Just short of 5 mile moderate hike In Barkhamstead, Connecticut will take you to spectacular views over a white pine forest if you decide to follow the Indian Council Caves Trail located close to the border of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail is part of the 79 mile long Tunxis Trail and is located along Route 219 west of the intersection on Hillcrest Drive. There is a small area by the side of the road where you can park and the trail starts right across from it following a footed bridge.
This very well marked trail passes by pine groves, deciduous fern forest, by an enchanting pond, bubbling brooks, fieldstone foundation walls and huge ancient trees, before you finally reach the giant moss covered boulders that form the “caves”.
The place is really magical and peaceful and if you close your eyes you can imagine the Native American Indians gathering there looking for cover from the elements or having a dinner with their Tribe before heading out for hunting. Climbing around the rocks is a little treacherous at times but taking your time and wearing appropriate footwear should make it easy enough. We ended up spending quite some time here exploring all the nooks and crannies of the caves. This hike should be doable for kids and we can imagine all the fun that would be for them.
Once at the summit you would be rewarded with beautiful views of the forest and pond you just walked by. On a clear day you can see pretty far and during fall months the vistas combined with the colors of the changing leaves are spectacular. Walk around the edge and marvel at the splendid views ahead while listening to the birds chirp or find a spot along the ledge and have a picnic before heading back.
The hike to The Indian Council Caves is not a popular one so take a friend with you. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes and have bug spray in hand since it does get a little buggy during spring and summer months. If you decide to go and check out this little known trail in Connecticut you can find it here: