East Rock Rocks!
Today’s visit to East Rock Park reinforces my goal to chase the unique beauty found in each of these adventures. Initially disappointed that I found I had forgotten my camera’s battery, I decided to put my cell phone camera to the test.
From where I parked, I had the option of going straight to the overlook or to hike/bike along the Pardee River. As I had an extra hour before sunset I decided to bike along the river.
I loved the options of this park. You could walk or bike on the paved road or you can do the same on a dirt trail along the river. I basically zig zagged between them so as not to miss a unique vantage point: I wish I had recorded my movements.
Turns out this park has six different structures that areon the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1900, East Rock Road Bridge is one of these structures. The bridge recently reopened after a $2.1 million rehabilitation. Below is a link of the history.
Restoring New Haven’s East Rock Road Bridge
After seeing a kayak on this Mid November afternoon I took my bike to the dirt trails which were very well maintained.
Watching the hour I realized it was time to head to the summit which was a mile or so up hill. Apparently prior to the pandemic you were able to drive up to the summit but for now biking or walking are the options.
I found that there were three main vistas during the climb to the summit and likely many more if you choose to hike the trails.
As I started up the mountain the sun rays lit the road paving my way to the top. As I reached a ledge the road curved with a huge rock ledge that I would never have thought would be found in the middle of this city. The curve continues to a stone fence with an expansive overlook with mountain, water and city views.
The second Historic structure then appeared which is the Soldiers and Sailors monument from 1887.
The summit then appears beyond the monument and once again there’s a degree of camaraderie felt that transcends all the potential differences between the people observing. I saw a biker enjoying the sunset and took the below shot with my cell and notwithstanding my disappointment of not having my real camera shared it with the biker. I started running around the summit looking for other objects with which to share the beautiful sunset. The cell did pretty well!!
Since I only had my cell I decided to use its unique capabilities and record a time elapse of the setting sun.
It was a fulfilling and highly recommended visit coupled with a great workout biking to the summit. The view was amazing! Below is a map of the park.
To replenish your energy after this adventure I recommend a restaurant called Lorcio a couple of miles away in New Haven. The food, ambience and service was wonderful with a safely distanced and warm outdoor seating option. L’Orcio has its own related blog.
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