Today Wilma and I Adventured to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. This was our third trip to the Gillette Castle as we have been there on two other occasions with Shadow. Gillette Castle was once the estate of William Gillette, a famous Actor in the early 1900’s. It was later bought by the state of Connecticut. The Park includes a visitor center, museum, hiking trails, and picnic area. There are even live theater events and walking tours available to visitors.
We had an extra-green Adventure to Gillette Castle State Park. I debated blogging about Gillette Castle as I have blogged about it before, however it has been well over a year, we have many new followers, and it really is an exceptional Park. I had three Adventures planned today but in realizing how close Gillette Castle State Park was I decided to add it to our day. Upon arrival I was shocked to find the parking lot almost empty, quite different then our past Adventures, as Gillette Castle State Park is a popular destination.
Today we decided to spend some time hiking, and exploring the trails, something we have done some in the past, but not too extensively. The Trails were labeled by color, however the online map had no color identification. I soon realized it was too cumbersome to follow the map so we just walked and walked. There were plenty of landmarks nearby, and the Park is not large so I knew we would not become lost. I absolutely loved seeing green in every direction, so vibrant! We trotted high above the Connecticut River, wandered through the woods, and later headed toward the River before heading back to the Castle. There were picturesque bridges throughout, and many choices for trails. The wind was strong, but refreshing. It was really pretty, and the hills ensured great exercise on this trail system. Quite an energizing experience.
After hiking for some time we went over to view every angle of the Gillette Castle. Unfortunately there has been continued construction over the years, and this time we were not even able to go on the porch or get too close. However we rested in the grass, Wilma watched and rolled, and I appreciated the views of the Castle, the River, and the soft texture of the bright green grass. Such a unique and scenic state park, even on the third time visiting. So, so glad we could visit again, and I am positive that we will be back in the future. I will include photographs at the bottom from today and our first two Adventures, glad to share our other visits with our sweet Shadow (Rating: 4).