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Huntington State Park
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Huntington State Park Fern Shadow © Lora Warnick
Huntington State Park Water Colors © Lora Warnick
Huntington State Park Wolves Sculpture © Gary Jordan
The Anna Hyatt Huntington sculpture of wolves welcome visitors at the park entrance.
Huntington State Park Bear Sculpture © Gary Jordan
The Anna Hyatt Huntington sculpture of bears welcome visitors at the park entrance.
Huntington State Park Park Friends © Gary Jordan
Two friends of the park strolling back to the woods.
Huntington State Park Perspective View © Gary Jordan
A view walking down one road in the Park.
Huntington State Park Huntington State Park © Gary Jordan
Take a nice leisurely stroll on one of the many trails encompassing a well maintained Park. This is a beautiful place to rest and view Huntington Pond.
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492 Black Road Turnpike
Redding, Connecticut   06896

Phone: (203) 938-2285
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Life-like sculptures of bears and wolves welcome your arrival to this peaceful and tranquil setting featuring open fields and dense woodlands. The park was donated to the citizens of Connecticut by the internationally renowned Huntington family.
History of the Area
Collis P. Huntington State Park was primarily in agricultural use until the Luttgen family acquired the land in the late 1800's and developed the present service roads, trails, and artificial ponds. Reportedly, a small steam paddlewheeler was then kept on the largest pond and is now sunken somewhere under the park waters. A short, stone "lighthouse" still remains on one of the islands. The Starratt family then owned the estate until the 1930's when the land was acquired by Archer M. Huntington, who willed the land of the homestead he called Stanerigg for a state park.

It was there that his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, the internationally famous sculptress, worked with clay and scaffolding in her studio. Mr. Huntington centered his activities at Stanerigg as a noted poet, Spanish scholar, art patron, and founder of the Hispanic Society. The park is named after Archer Huntington's father, Collis Potter Huntington (1821-1900), the railroad tycoon. Collis Potter Huntington became one of the wealthiest men in the country in the late century by his promotion and completion of the first transcontinental railroad. He also established the largest shipyard and dry dock company in the United States in the late 1800's at Newport News, Virginia.The estate will most be remembered for Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose sculptures of bears and wolves welcome visitors at the park entrance. Among the most famous of her sculptures are Joan of Arc in New York City; Cid Campeador in Seville, Spain; and the heroic statue of General Israel Putnam at the Putnam Memorial State Park entrance in Redding. Mrs. Huntington was a prolific and hard working artist all her life. The work of Israel Putnam was created when the artist was in her nineties.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Huntington were careful to preserve the natural quality of their land, the 883 acre park is now a wonderful place for tranquility. It spreads over fields and dense woodlands and includes five ponds. The park was opened to the public in 1973 after Mrs. Huntington's death.
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.

- Blue Trail: This is a 2.3-mile loop trail that offers scenic views and wildlife sightings, suitable for all skill levels.

- Red/Orange Loop: A moderately challenging hike of approximately 5 miles with some steep sections; it passes by several ponds and streams.

- Green Trail: An easy walk at just under one mile in length, this path winds through woodland areas rich in birdlife.

- Yellow/Purple Loop: Combining two trails to form an approximate 4-mile circuit featuring varied terrain including forested hillsides and wetland crossings.

- White Tail Connector Pathway (Purple): Approximately half a mile long connecting the main park area to other hiking paths within Huntington State Park.

- Deer Run Nature Preserve Trails : These are multiple short loops totaling about three miles which pass through meadows filled with wildflowers during springtime as well as dense forests home to deer populations year-round.

- Turkey Meadow Overlook Track (Blue/Yellow): At around four miles round trip, hikers can enjoy panoramic vistas over open fields from elevated viewpoints along this moderate-difficulty route.

- Pond Edge Walkway (Green/Red) : Just shy of two-miles-long circular pathway skirting the edge of five different bodies of water providing opportunities for spotting aquatic birds such as herons or ducks on their migratory routes.

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Off I-84: take Exit 5. Take Route 53 south for 3.4 miles, at Route 53 and Route 302 follow Route 302 east for 1.6 miles. At Route 58 and Route 302, follow Route 58 south for 4.6 miles then take a left onto Sunset Hill Road. Collis P. Huntington is 0.8 miles on the right.

Off Merritt Parkway: take Exit 42. Take Route 136 north for 5.2 miles, at the intersection of Route 136 and Route 58, follow Route 58 for 7 miles then take a right onto Sunset Hill Road. Collis P. Huntington is 0.8 miles on the right.

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