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Day Hikes: Milford's Beaver Brook Trail

Trail system through hidden Milford wetlands provides opportunities for hikers to tackle the path less traveled.

Buzzing past on the MetroNorth commuter train, or speeding by high above along Interstate 95, you would probably miss it.

But for those who occasionally enjoy downshifting into the first gear of traveling on foot, tucked between West Avenue and Schoolhouse Road in Milford, there is a small little piece of marshy heaven.

Beaver Brook Trail runs some 1.3 miles through 55-acres of open space, which is owned by the nearby Kingdom Life Christian Church complex and set aside as a conservation easement.

A large portion of the trail is actually an elevated foot bridge, which runs directly across a portion of the wetlands. The bridge provides an excellent opportunity for bird watching, as well as allowing the hiker's boots and socks to remain relatively dry during the trek.

Beaver Brook also snakes its way through the area, and a lengthy portion of the trail follows along its path, providing some beautiful scenic views.

Beaver Brook's trail system also connects to the nearby Mondo Ponds paths, allowing those who are interested in a more extended hike to continue on further.

Beaver Brook is for passive recreation only. There is no swimming, although fishing is permitted during the summer months.

For more information, visit the Milford Environmental Concerns Commission, or call (203)-783-3201.

Pam September 10, 2011 at 07:09 PM
This is a great place for a short walk. The paths are flat, fairly easy and have always been kept tidy and clear of debri. And they provide bags to take along with you to pick up after your pet!
Sam Evans September 14, 2011 at 01:30 PM
The hiking path needs some TLC, particularly after Irene. The hurricane dropped a tree across the path, scarred limbs along the way and the lower marshy areas are currently wet or extremely muddy. As summer progresses bit of trail clearing is in order for the narrower sections that have become overgrown.

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