Monday, January 11, 2021

Indian Well Overlook in All Seasons


Overlooks are important. The overlook at Indian Well has become such a popular destination that it's hard to believe there wasn't any overlook just a few years ago. To be clear, back in the 1930s when the Paugussett Trail was routed along the ridgetop, there was a great view of the river, but the growing trees eventually blocked the view.  The photo below shows what the view looked like back in early 2017:

Early 2017 - No view!

The view was cleared shortly after. This was the same year the Paugussett Trail was rerouted between the falls and the overlook to make it safer (the previous route was a cliff).  With permission from the state park manager, Colin Carroll, a trained sawyer from the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), cut a large oak tree (see video below, and turn on the sound). It was impressive! Smaller trees were cut and trimmed back later by CFPA trail manager Terry Gallagher. 

Turn on the sound and listen to the crashing oak

These days, there is a steady stream of visitors stopping to take pictures of the Housatonic River. Often it's families with children taking group selfies, good friends, or romantic couples. Most turn around and go back to the Indian Well parking areas where they started, while a few continue on down the trail to walk the Tahmore Trail loop. 


The overlook changes with the seasons, weather, and time of day, so no matter how many times you walk past, it's always a new and fresh view. 



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