Head for the Hills

  • Saddle up and ride horseback at Lee’s Riding Stable, Litchfield, off Rte. 118. Jump into a cool refreshing lake.
  • Head to Goshen for the Action Wildlife Foundation sanctuary, Rte. 4 with more than 350 exotic animals, a petting zoo and hay rides. Camp overnight in the Litchfield Hills.
  • Hike the Iron Heritage Trail at the Beckley Iron Furnace in East Canaan
  • or visit the Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace in Kent.
  • Explore the Institute for American Indian Studies, off Rte. 199 in Washington.
  • Float over the hills in a hot air balloon with Aer Blarney Balloons LLC
  • Commune with nature at Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust in Woodbury and return to the real world a new person.

DRIVING TIP: Total driving distance between all points (1 to 7) is 81 miles.

Lee’s Riding Stable

Horseback riding on quiet well-mannered horses. Pony rides available, indoor ring for rainy days.

Action Wildlife Foundation

Wildlife sanctuary located on over 100 acres, featuring over 350 exotic animals. Petting zoo, museum, gift shop, picnic area, hay rides on weekends and to the pumpkin patch in the fall. Visit the Safari Drive-thru.

Beckley Iron Furnace & Educational Center

The furnace is the focal point of the Iron Heritage Trail, celebrating the 1734-1923 era when local furnaces and forges made iron for cannons and weapons in wartime; tools, railroad wheels and machinery for the development of our country in peacetime.

Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace

Exhibits the early American tool collection and artwork of Eric Sloane including a re-created studio. Adjacent ruins of 19th-century Kent Iron Furnace. Operated by the Connecticut Historical Commission.

Institute for American Indian Studies

Artifacts and art from 10,000 years ago to the present; indoor longhouse exhibit, changing exhibits, gift shop. Outdoor simulated archaeological site, native plant trails, replica of a 17th-century Algonkian village, garden and rock shelter.

Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust

Van Vleck Farm, Hetzel and Whitehorse sanctuaries have hiking trails (botany, wildlife, geologic, woodlands, wetlands, bog, nut tree grove); seasonal farm and garden programs, Christmas tree farm, maple syruping, art programs.

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