Shade Swamp Sanctuary (CT)

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Blue Trail information

Blaze Color Blue
Length 0.86 Miles as loop
Altitude Gain 150 feet over entire loop
Approximate Hike Time 0.3 hours
Fee free
Trail Condition Dirt path
Parking Spaces 4-5
Activities Hiking
Trail Maintainer Farmington Garden Club / DEP
Trail map HikeCT large trail map


The blue trail on the Shade Swamp Sanctuary in Farmington, CT is an easy stroll through a marsh area. In the summer time the insects can be annoying but there can be some good bird watching.

There is a structure at the parking area for the blue trail which was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Its worth while to stop by to appreciate a structure built during the Great Depression era.

Just beyond the parking lot down the trail there are several cages left from an old small zoo. The State operated a breeding operation and maintained the small zoo year round. While most of the animals kept were birds, the smaller size of the cages is a little shocking.