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      The 1½ mile French's Ledges Trail is part of an extensive trail network built by property owner Ira Townsend through his conserved property and adjacent lands. The red-blazed French’s Ledges Trail ends at the bald top of French's Ledges, where you can take in spectacular 360-degree views of Croydon and Grantham Mountains, Mt. Ascutney, and the village of Meriden. Yellow- and blue-blazed trails provide alternate, shorter routes up to the Ledges, while these and a number of unmarked trails allow for endless combinations of routes for exploring and exercise.

      Adjacent to the Townsend property lies the Plainfield Town Forest’s Farnum Lot, with its views of Mt. Ascutney and an active beaver meadow. A blue-blazed 1.2-mile loop trail circles the lot; and a number of other unmarked trails cross the property. The Townsend and Farnum Lot properties are contiguous with several hundred acres of surrounding undeveloped land – providing not only trails for recreation, but also excellent habitat and species biodiversity, including mink, fisher, deer, and many bird species.
      Trailhead Parking (Middle) google parking directions
      Access Info:
      From Route 120 in Meriden, turn west at the yellow flashing light onto Main Street and go 0.8 miles, over the hill past Kimball Union Academy (KUA) and down to a covered bridge. Turn left onto Colby Hill Road, going through the covered
      bridge. There are three trailhead options beyond this point, marked on the map as “North,” “Middle,” and “South.”
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      Open on Sep 11, 2018


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      Total Distance
      6 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      3 miles
      Total Descent
      1,292 ft
      Total Vertical
      511 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,358 ft
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