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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 as of Sep 30, 2021
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      Trails (view details)
      9
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent
      1,472 ft
      Total Vertical
      492 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,341 ft
      Reports
      2
      Ridden Counter
      189

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      user #1832277ElsjumperaddtrailSo Inclined and 1 more
      Nov 5, 2020 @ 4:32pm
      Nov 5, 2020
      user #87698StephaneMarceauupdatetrailTownsend Loop
      Oct 31, 2020 @ 12:19pm
      Oct 31, 2020
      user #1832277ElsjumperaddtrailTownsend Loop
      Oct 31, 2020 @ 12:15pm
      Oct 31, 2020
      user #2116005Mariposa2020wishlisttrailFrench's Ledge Trail
      Apr 27, 2020 @ 3:25pm
      Apr 27, 2020
      user #1973462BGCrankyriddentrailGuerrilla Trail
      Nov 6, 2019 @ 1:55am
      Nov 6, 2019

      Nearby Areas

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      Whaleback Mountain 26.1 km
      Landmark/Boston Lot 15 62 13 17.4 km
      Hurricane Hill 47.7 km
      Cornish Town forest 59.5 km
      Swoops n Loops10.2 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike97 miles1,473 ft3 miles492 ft
      #9,289#3,9241322
      Hike97 miles1,473 ft3 miles492 ft
      #8,284#3,764136
      Trail Running97 miles1,473 ft3 miles492 ft
      #8,277#3,74918
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