Penwood State Park
|Penwood State Park|
|Connecticut State Park|
Penwood State Park's Lake Louise
|Elevation||535 ft (163 m) |
|Area||787 acres (318 ha)|
|Gift to state||1944|
|Management||Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Website: Penwood State Park|
Penwood State Park is a 787-acre (318 ha) Connecticut state park located on Talcott Mountain in the town of Bloomfield. It is contiguous with the north end of Talcott Mountain State Park. The Metacomet Trail runs the entire length of the park. The park offers picnic areas, numerous trails, and paved roads accessible by bike.
Penwood State Park was donated to the state in 1944 by Curtis H. Veeder, an industrialist (founder of Gilbarco Veeder-Root), inventor, and outdoorsperson. Veeder wished the property to "be kept in a natural state so that those who love nature may enjoy this property as I have enjoyed it." He blazed many of the original trails in the park; Lake Louise, a scenic kettle bog atop the ridge, was named after his wife.
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