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Bennetts Pond State Park
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550-698 Bennetts Farm Road
Ridgefield, Connecticut   06877
(lat:41.3288 lon:-73.4805) map location

Phone: 860-424-3000
Bennett's Pond State Park was once the home of Louis D. Conley, a successful manufacturer and nursery man, whose estate of more than 1,500 acres was one of the largest in Ridgefield. Today the park's 460 acres are just a portion of 1,800 contiguous acres of open space in both Ridgefield and Danbury.
History of the Area
Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the park was once part of a 1,000-acre estate owned by Louis D. Conley.

In 1967 it became property of Combustion Engineering Inc., which planned to build its corporate headquarters there.

However due to local opposition and financial difficulties for the company these plans were never realized.

The State Department acquired around half (460 acres) of this land from Combustion Engineering in 1972.

It remained largely undeveloped until hiking trails were established during an Eagle Scout project in late-2000s.

Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.

- Ives Trail: A 20-mile trail that extends beyond the park, it offers a challenging hike with scenic views of forests and wetlands.

- Bennetts Pond Loop: This is an easy to moderate 3.5 miles loop around Bennett's pond offering beautiful water views.

- Western Ridge Trail: Approximately two miles long, this trail provides hikers with panoramic vistas from atop ridges overlooking the surrounding area.

- Eastern Ridge Trail: Similar in length to its western counterpart but more rugged terrain; features include rocky outcroppings and dense forest cover.

- Blue/Red Blazed Connector Trails : These trails connect various parts of the park together allowing for customizable hikes depending on desired difficulty or distance covered.

-Saugatuck Valley Trails : An extensive network within nearby Saugatuck State Forest which can be accessed via connector trails from Bennetts Pond Park; distances vary greatly based upon chosen route

-Nature Center Pathway : Shorter than most other routes at just under one mile round trip - ideal for families or those seeking less strenuous activity while still enjoying natural beauty offered by state parks system

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Directions from New York City to Bennetts Pond State Park, Connecticut:

- Start on I 278 E.
- Take exit towards Randalls Island/Manhattan/FDR Drive.
- Merge onto Robert F Kennedy Bridge.
- Continue onto CT -15 N (signs for Hutchinson River Pkwy).

From Hartford, Connecticut:

- Begin by getting on I -84 W in East Hartford from Main St and Pitkin St.

From Boston, Massachusetts:

- Get on MA -3 S from Congress Street.

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