Simsbury is one of those places that serve as a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of any age.
From Heublin Tower to Penwood State Park, this Connecticut suburb has some phenomenal hikes and views that keep me coming back.
But, sometimes it’s the quieter spots that resonate, giving us a chance to clear our heads in the short amount of free time we all have in a day. One such place is the Glover property.
It’s no Goliath by any means, but its small touches can draw people in just as much as the ‘big guys’.
Run by the Simsbury Land Trust, it represents one of the few wet meadows seen here at this elevation – a nice notch in the belt considering this property’s tiny size.
Bridges and boardwalks navigate the land helping hikers to avoid the dampest areas. But, that was never a real concern on this trek because of the iron grip this year’s drought has had on the state.
Thinly wooded sections and high brush also dot the landscape proving to be a nice escape for small children that can easily move through this space. A larger, drier meadow also offers variety to the hike.
One particular spot at Glover focuses on an established native plant garden. The garden is far past its seasonal peak, but all year long its presence is an important niche for local wildlife. Well-placed signs also offer up useful tidbits to avid gardeners (I know I came away with a few good ideas myself).
So, don’t be fooled. This small slice of Simsbury is much more than what it seems. Just like its ‘big brothers’ on either side of it, Glover is a place where you can relax, unwind, and decompress --- something all of us need to do every once in a while.
Directions: Take I-91 N to exit 35A-35B for CT-218 toward Windsor/Bloomfield. Continue on CT-218 W. Turn right onto CT-189 N. Turn left onto Gabb Rd. Turn left onto CT-178 W. Turn right onto CT-185 W. Turn right onto Princess Lane. Take left onto King Philip Rd. and park along the street.
Trail Distance: .4 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy