Mine Hill Preserve

Mine Hill Preserve, Roxbury: Address, Mine Hill Preserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Mine Hill Preserve
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Joshdent
New Haven, CT604 contributions
Absolute Nightmare!
Nov 2020
I was very excited to visit the Mine Hill Preserve. My family and I had been exploring the nearby Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington several times and were looking for somewhere new. I read the reviews, downloaded and printed the trail map, and had a very nice day planned. Nowhere did I read that it is an uphill narrow unpaved road to get to the entrance! The road cannot fit two cars (one going in each direction) simultaneously, and I would never drive here again without all wheel drive. It was very crowded, and the small parking lot was overfilled. The problem was the road was not able to handle the traffic and the cars wouldn't fit. So there was lots of gridlock. Add to this inconsiderate drivers who just parked their cars on the already narrow road so it was impassible at one point, yet you couldn't turn around or back up because the cars were behind you..... We were stuck there for quite a long time and didn't even get to see the place!
Written November 7, 2020
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Film G
New England695 contributions
4 Mile Loop, Good History, Go Clockwise
Jul 2020 • Couples
The first 2.5 miles have some up and down and clambering over rocks in this moderate hike. Well marked. Last 1.5 miles, after the quarry bridge, are an old road. The old mill site is well preserved, and there are several old quarries, mine tunnels and bat caves along the way. Really feels away from it all.
Written July 26, 2020
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KDAA
East Hartford, CT605 contributions
An interesting location and a good hike.
May 2019 • Couples
You get both history and a hike during this walk. The main structures, including the furnace, can be reached with just a short walk and are interesting bit of local history. If you do the walk, you can see the mine entrances and shafts and some of the old quarries. The walk was very pleasant and challenging enough to be fun. You do climb up the hill, and it is rocky in parts so you have to pay attention to your footing. Nothing too difficult, but you have to be in decent shape to walk it.
Written June 18, 2019
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harris w
6 contributions
Wonderful place for hiking with family
May 2019
The trails were great and the place has such a history. The old forges and stone quarry were amazing. The geology in the area is why we came. We were not disappointed.
Written June 4, 2019
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SUN_and_H2O
West Springfield, MA100 contributions
Feels like you are in the middle of no where.
Dec 2018 • Couples
A great hike path (among several paths available). The views are wonderful on many areas and the random historical formations along the way will make you wonder.

And a nice drive too!

One of the areas was the bat cages that were made later from the mine air shafts.
Written February 9, 2019
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Ethan F
West Hartford, CT83 contributions
Excellent hike with history!
Dec 2018 • Couples
We loved this 3.5 mile hike at Mine Hill Preserve in Roxbury, CT! The distance and moderate difficulty was perfect and the history made it even better! So interesting to see the remains of man’s efforts to mine for iron ore and quarryfor granite at this site. The plaques told the story so well of the mining and the quarrying. The cart paths and remains were so evident. This was really interesting history. Seeing mine shafts which went deep into the earth though protected from entry was great. We rank into locals who recalled playing as kids at this site before the mine shafts were protected. Stories of dangerous exploring and even injuries which happened within their lifetime. Now the shafts are carefully and thoroughly protected from entry. Beautiful and interesting hike!
Written December 30, 2018
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DualsportChic
Danbury, CT151 contributions
A Hidden Historical Gem Hidden in the Litchfield Hills
Oct 2017
Whenever I have guests in who enjoy the outdoors and hiking, I always take them to Mine Hill Preserve. After parking in the lot and a 1/4 mile walk through the woods, its always nice to see their eyes go wide upon gazing at the historical blast furnaces that once smelted ore from these hills. The signage explains the history of this once bustling place and Roxbury Land Trust's refurbishment of these furnaces has been nothing short of amazing as they are in terrific shape. After the furnace tour, I enjoy taking my friends on a 3-4 mile loop up into the preserve on a 2 hour hike that can be somewhat challenging and lets your body know you've been exercising. The mine shafts at the top/now screened in as acting bat sanctuaries, are also fun to check out.
Written April 7, 2018
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balaczar
New Milford, CT241 contributions
Great hike
Oct 2017 • Friends
I've lived in this area for many years and I am upset with myself for not finding this place sooner. There is mining history along with the old furnaces and mining shafts. Trails are well marked, some short hikes some longer, alittle something for everyone. I have done the whole preserve including Carter's preserve for the 6 mile hike, it's so peaceful and beautiful.
Written October 4, 2017
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Brian K
Meriden, CT183 contributions
A great place to hike and take in some history.
Sep 2017 • Family
This was one of my twelve year old son's favorite hikes in CT. The perimeter hike is only about 3-1/2 miles through the old 19th c. forge, up the hills to the old mines and back down around the quarry and river. The old forge site is just a short distance from the small parking area for those who don't want a lengthy hike. There are a few nice lunch places right down at the bottom of Mine Hill Road. It's well worth an early day. Note that Mamie's closes at 3:00pm and Kailey's is right next door.
Written September 6, 2017
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sabbadayfarm
Washington Depot, CT38 contributions
Beautiful, historical area - great hikes
Jul 2017 • Family
An unusual, lovely area with information about the mining history. Short and long hikes; something for everyone. Have been coming here for over 30 years. Close by a new brewery and some restored buildings, and a nice place for brunch or lunch.
Written July 21, 2017
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