Despite the occasional cabin fever due to the prolong winter, snow and the cold weather, the beauty about having 4 seasons is the excitement building up when thinking about the upcoming spring and summer around the corner. Last summer Aiman had blast, and full of activities including camping.
Of all the summer activities, camping is one of the activities that Aiman, his siblings and his friends enjoyed the most. During 2013 last year, Aiman, his family and friends went to Black Rock State Park for camping. This video highlights some of the excitement they experienced during camping at this campground in June of last year.
About Black Rock State Park:
Tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands, 439-acre Black Rock State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Steep, wooded ledges covered with pine, hemlock and oak provide the setting for Black Rock Pond. The name “Black Rock” is derived from the local graphite deposits which the early settlers of the Naugatuck Valley were allowed to mine by the resident Indians around 1657. Visitors can enjoy the scenery of the Western Highlands while hiking the blue-blazed Mattatuck Trail, which connects the park to the woodland sections of the Mattatuck State Forest.
Black Rock was given to the people of Connecticut in 1926, through the efforts of Black Rock Forest, Incorporated, a citizen’s conservation group interested in woodland preservation. Development of access roads and facilities later became part of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ economic recovery program in the 1930’s, following World War I.
Black Rock is a designated Trout Park, so one important activity at the park is stream and pond fishing. Other activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, and field sports. Excellent hiking is available on the Mattatuck Trail, from the Grey Stone section of Waterbury to the Wigwam Reservoir in Morris. This trail offers a scenic view of the Naugatuck Valley, highlighting Black Rock. There are many side trails, where one can see Black Rock Lake, Black Rock Pond, mature forests, and meadows. Hikes can last from 30 minutes to all day.
Black Rock Campground offers 75 sites within walking distance to the beach and fishing pond. 4 rustic cabin sites are also available. The campground is open from mid-April until September 30. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. There are two full bath houses with showers and flush toilets. Firewood and ice can be purchased within a mile of the park. In addition to camping, Black Rock offers swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking.
Nearby state parks include Burr Pond State Park, in Torrington, Mt. Tom State Park, in Litchfield, and Topsmead State Forest, also in Litchfield.
Services & Amenities:
ADA AccessibleBaseball FieldBird WatchingCampground StoreConcession StandDump StationFirewoodFishing – FreshwaterFlush ToiletHikingIce MachineNature TrailParking
PhotographyPlaying FieldsPublic Drinking Water TapsRanger StationRecycling CenterRestroomScenic OverlookShowersSoftball FieldSwimmingWater DrinkingWildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
Camping SuppliesCanoeing – Lake/Pond
Credit: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Black_Rock_State_Park/r/campgroundDetails.do?parkId=100102&contractCode=CT&chkAg=y&clCr=y .
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