Simsbury Parks

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The Town owns and operates the Simsbury Farms Recreation Complex, a 235 acre recreational facility.  The Town also operates ten municipal parks throughout the Town.  The State of Connecticut operates four state parks located within Simsbury:  Great Pond, Penwood State Park, Stratton Brook State Park, and Talcott Mountain.  These parks offer a number of picturesque hiking, biking, and picnic opportunities.  One of Simsbury's newest passive recreational attractions is a 22-mile greenway located along an abandoned railroad right of way.  The system, which is handicapped accessible, links several Farmington Valley town centers and provides direct access to hundreds of acres of open space and wildlife management. Residents enjoy an array of activities including biking, cross country skiing, roller blading, walking, jogging and hiking.  In a joint public-private venture, a world class skating facility was built on land donated to the Town by Culbro Land Resources.  The privately owned facility is home to world class skaters and Olympic champions.

 

Park Name Description
The Town's largest recreation site. The 235-acre site, a former apple orchard, was opened for recreational activity in 1970. A public golf course is the single biggest attraction. The facility also includes four swimming pool areas, a covered outdoor skating rink with ice-making machinery, and lighted tennis and paddle courts. A club house, playscape, family fitness trail, picnic areas, and meeting areas are also offered. Lessons are offered to teach anyone to use these amenities. The Apple Barn, an old salesroom for the orchard, has been renovated to become an indoor meeting and program area.
Pinchot Sycamore Tree Area
Located below the Route 185 bridge and along the Farmington River, it features the oldest tree of its kind in the State and serves as the official town symbol. Also a great place to launch canoes or to picnic.
Curtiss Park
Located along the banks of the Farmington River off Route 315, the park houses six soccer fields and a picnic area. The park provides a gathering place for canoeists and fishermen and is available for camping.
Schultz Park
Located in downtown Simsbury along Hopmeadow Street, it is cared for by the Simsbury Beautification Committee, and boasts an array of trees, flowers and shrubbery.
Town Forest Park
The park includes a one-half acre pond with a beach, picnic pavilion and ball field. The park is located off Town Forest Road.
Meadow Pond
Located off Hedgehog Lane, it is a 90-acre park with a two-acre spring fed pond, a pavilion and playground areas for children. This area also includes one all-purpose field and a large open space area.
Weatogue Park
Located off Route 10, this eight acre park houses two multi-use fields, a softball field, and playground area.
Tariffville Park
Built in 1979, the park offers an entrance to the famous Tariffville Gorge. Facilities include two tennis courts, a softball field, picnic shelter with tables and stoves, and a playground area.
West Mountain Park
Located off West Mountain Road, the park offers ballfields, a new basketball court and playground area
Onion Mountain State Park
Located off West Mountain Road the park offers many hiking trails.
Penwood State Park
The park, located along the Metacomet Trail, offers 787 acres for hiking, picnicking and cross country skiing. The parks 741-foot elevation offers a view of both the Farmington River and Connecticut River valleys.
Stratton Brook State Park
Located off Farms Village Road, the park offers two ponds for fishing, swimming, and ice skating. Also the site of the former Central New England Railroad, it is now a popular bike and walking path that extends through Simsbury's Town Forest Park.
Talcott Mountain State Park
The park, located off Route 185, boasts a one and one-half mile hike which leads up to the Heublein Tower, an elevation of 1,000 feet. The tower, donated by the Heublein family, is open on a seasonal basis.
Great Pond
Located off Great Pond Road, this State park offers hiking and walking trails. The 296-acre forest also serves as a nesting place for a variety of birds and waterfowl.
Located in the northwest corner of town along Holcomb Street and Firetown Road, it is named after the former Governor and United States Senator, George P. McLean. The 3,400 acre preserve contains four hiking trails that wind their way through Simsbury and Granby.