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John A. Minetto State Park

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John A. Minetto State Park

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Mare wrote a review Apr 2020
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Nice park for taking a leisurely walk. Use to be a swimming area with a bath house.. but the state uses it for a catch basin when there is to much water building up in the near by reservoir. One part of the park is partially submerged in water and is blocked off. The other side where the swimming hole is you’ll be able to walk around and there are picnic tables around. You really can’t swim in the pond.. but is a nice place to get out and take a walk with family and friends❤️
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Date of experience: April 2020
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rodlewis12 wrote a review Nov 2017
Torrington, Connecticut44 contributions18 helpful votes
Very nice park great for hiking and picnics (with many tables) a pond and not very busy. Roads and some of the picnic tables could use some upgrading but fine for what it is.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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garybirder wrote a review Mar 2016
Florida323 contributions181 helpful votes
This park is really for picnickers or groups wanting to get together outdoors. Facilities are minimal.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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CTh0mas wrote a review Aug 2015
TORRINGTON12 contributions3 helpful votes
This was once one of the nicest State Parks close to Torrington but has been neglected for years. A few areas are given some maintenance but in general neglected and overgrown.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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BerkshireBaylin wrote a review Apr 2015
Sandisfield, Massachusetts54 contributions22 helpful votes
This park is a little hard to find, depending on which way you go. Don't rely on your "map" program on your phone as it will take you to the wrong side of the park where there is no entrance. Follow Route 272 and you'll find it easily. (As you head south on 272, it will be on your left). The park has only been partially kept up over the years, but that is a plus for those who like quiet and serene surroundings. In the main parking area, look to the far right for the road that is blocked off...that provides a nice hike alongside the lake/swamp. Might be buggy in the summer, but for a spring time hike, it was beautiful. It looks as though this road has not had a car on it many, many years. Nature has reclaimed a great deal of it. You'll see the remnants of a few old picnic tables from years gone by...maybe back in the 50's? Only the cement foundations of the tables are there...the table tops and seats (made of wood) were long gone, as evidenced by the overgrowth. Don't think this is dumpy though...it's not. It's intriguing. We walked about a mile until the trail became very muddy, but we read on a website that it eventually takes you back out to the main road. When back in the parking lot, off to the right is an area that has been maintained. There is a beautiful stream there with picnic tables by it...same kind, cement with wood tops. The shady grove looks like it would be very welcoming on a hot summer day. Just past a bridge over the stream you will find another little pond and several more picnic tables. There are no fire pits though, so if you want to grill out, you should bring your own hibachi. Keep in mind there are NO trash cans, so bring a trash bag too. It was nice to see that no one left a mess behind, considering there were no trash cans. Also, I did not see any rest rooms...but we didn't really look for any. I didn't see any noted on the web site though, so I'm guessing there are none. There are plenty of woods though for an "emergency"...although I personally would view that type of emergency as a reason to "call it a day." Down one of the gravel roads that is blocked off, the path leads to a pond...at one time, this was maintained for swimming - I remember seeing a number of people there on my last visit which was about 20 years ago. It doesn't look like it's been used for swimming in a long time though...the beach is now crab grass and the pond looks like it would be a great home for snapping turtles and fish. The current CT State Park site no longer advertises swimming there, so any article that suggests you can is probably basing their info on outdated data from years gone by. Having said that, the stream looks like a very inviting place for children and adults alike to "wade" on a hot day. It looks very clean. Probably too deep for little children, but school age and above would have fun. The park is FREE. Hence, that would explain the lack of amenities, but for those looking for a quiet place to relax, have a picnic, walk their dog or just get away from it all for a day, this is a nice place to visit. I was thinking that it would make a great Eagle Scout project to restore the abandoned part of the park to its former glory. Seems a shame that the tables overlooking the big pond were left to fall apart. The park is about 10-15 minutes from Torrington...but you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. The terrain is mostly flat with the exception of some slight hilly areas in the parking area. Motorized wheel chairs could probably manage it, but it might prove difficult for those with walkers or canes, with the exception of the abandoned trail I first mentioned. There's enough pavement there to make it reasonably accessible for just about everyone. With regard to the "history" of the park...there's not much that I could find on the internet. I know that John Minetto was a CT Senator. The park itself is on the grounds of the first house ever built in Winchester, CT. There's a plaque there to commemorate that. Beyond that, there is no information provided as to why half the park is abandoned or why they let the swimming pond deteriorate. One can only assume it was budget oriented, but I'm surprised there are no details available pertaining to that.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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