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Seth Pierrepont State Park
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Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve was a gift to the Connecticut State Park and Forest Commission from Seth Low Pierrepont upon his death in 1956. Mr. Pierrepont was a millionaire and ex-diplomat who served as a United States official in Lisbon, Rome, Paris, Santiago and Chile. He also worked as chief of the American Division of the State Department. Mr. Pierrepont purchased the estate from the Scott family in the early 1930's.
History of the Area
Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the park was donated by Seth Pierrepont in 1971. It spans over 313 acres of land. The area is known for its diverse wildlife and scenic trails. Prior to becoming a state-owned property, it served as private farmland during colonial times.

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.

- Ridge Trail: This is a 2.4-mile loop trail that offers scenic views and wildlife sightings, suitable for all skill levels.

- Lake Loop Trail: A relatively flat path of approximately one mile in length encircling the lake; it's perfect for leisurely walks or bird watching.

- East Mountain Summit Hike: An uphill hike to reach an elevation of about 650 feet with panoramic view points along the way; this moderate level trail spans around two miles round trip.

- West Mountain Summit Hike: Another summit climb reaching up to nearly 700 feet above sea level over a distance of roughly three miles round-trip, offering sweeping vistas from its peak.

-Seth Pierrepont State Park Connector Trails - These are several shorter trails connecting main paths within park boundaries which vary in difficulty and terrain but generally span less than half-a-mile each.

-Pierrepont Pond Shoreline Walk - It's not exactly marked as official hiking route but walking alongside pond shoreline can be quite relaxing experience spanning just under one mile.

-Nature Observation Pathway - Not specifically designated pathway however various spots throughout park offer opportunity for nature observation including diverse flora & fauna making every walk unique exploration journey irrespective of specific track followed.

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Directions from New Haven, Connecticut:

- Start on I-91 N.
- Take exit 17 to merge onto CT-15 N toward Berlin Turnpike/Hartford.
- Continue for about 20 miles.
- Use the right lane to take exit 68W-E towards I84 W/I84 E/Waterbury/New Britain
- Keep left at the fork and continue towards Route72/CT9N/Bristol/Farmington
- Merge with CT -372 W/Berlin Rd after keeping right at another fork in road.

From Hartford, Connecticut:

-- Begin by getting on I95 S from State St Ext and Boston Post Road/U.S.1S/North Frontage Road.
-- Follow signs for Interstate195 South / Downtown Bridgeport then use any of lanes turning slightly left merging into i95s via ramp leading you downtown bridgeport/new haven

In Fairfield County:

- Head north-west along US7-N/Danbury Rd toward Old Mill RD,
- Make a U-turn now at Olmstead Hill rd,
- You will find your destination located on your Right side,

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Connecticut State Parks