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Snowy Trail in Marlborough Worth the Trouble

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The Trail Mix goes to the Panther Path Trail in Marlborough. (WFSB) The Trail Mix goes to the Panther Path Trail in Marlborough. (WFSB)

Since childhood, my love of the outdoors has always been a part of me. And as an adult, I hope to share that passion with my own children.

So, I offered this challenge to my family, to join me in exploring the hidden treasures and more popular gems Connecticut and the surrounding region have to offer. From hiking to biking to kayaking, I hope my window into the outside world inspires you to explore as well. 

Elementary School Trails


Sometimes even the simplest of trails can be the most challenging.  It certainly was the case in Marlborough, where an out-of-the-way trail system exists behind the elementary school there.

Accessible only outside school hours, the Elementary School Trails offer visitors a few options. When combined, the paved and stone dust loop trails cover about two miles of ground.  Sounds like a walk in the park, right?

Sure - if there's no snow on the ground.  And as you can imagine, that just isn't the case.

With my dog Murphy along for the ride, I headed out from the school parking lot to the back of the building, where the smaller Panther Path begins.  And, right away, I was bogged down by the snow. 

Unlike many of my other hikes this winter, I wasn't able to walk atop a sturdy layer of ice.  Rather, with temperatures warming up from a long spat of record-breaking cold, every step I took had me sinking to my knees.

I won't lie.  For a moment there, I considered whipping right back around and bee-lining it to the car.  But, with the path only a few feet away, I figured I'd give it a go.

The trail, which leads downhill, is wide and clearly visible.  And slowly, oh so very slowly, I slogged my way toward it.  Oblivious to my own problems, my golden retriever had no trouble at all, and found the snow fit enough to roll in. 

Although the going was slow, the whole ordeal did give me the opportunity to take in the sights around me.  Draped in white, the landscape is quite beautiful.  Surrounded by a variety of flora, I took the time to check out the 20 well-placed interpretative signs that dot the trail. 

Connecting paths offer hikers a chance to explore the outer boundaries of the wooded area.  But, with the molasses-like pace I was keeping, I decided to stay on track.  And, I'm glad I did. At the halfway point, I made my way around the vernal pool and finally got my rhythm. The snow, a bit more compact, only had me sinking to my ankles.  However, it wasn't enough to stop the snow from filtering down into my boots.

Just chalk it up to another ‘trial' to overcome on this short, but scenic trail.  And although it's a hike worth returning to come spring, I plan on bringing some snow shoes the next time I tackle it in winter.


Take Route 66 E/W to South Main St.  Take right onto School Dr. and park in the farthest lot at the elementary school.

Take Route 2 W to South Main St. exit.  Turn left onto South Main St.  Go a little more than two miles and turn left onto School Dr.  Park in the farthest lot at the elementary school.

Trails accessible only outside school hours.

Trail Difficulty: Easy (when no snow)

Total Distance: .5 to 2 miles (combined trails)