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Flintlock Trail

Tillinghast Pond's first trail -- highlighted by an old farm, a cemetery, and a boulder garden.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  The Flintlock Trail takes its name from a 19th century cart path that connected Plain Road to small farm, back in the woods. The trail... more »

Tips:  Bring insect repellent in the summer months; a hat will help ward off deerflies, which can be a nuisance around the Ellis homestead.

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Points of Interest

1. Ellis Cemetery

Wait Ellis farmed this area in the early 1800s, raising livestock and enough crops to get by. Sadly, the gravestones reveal that Wait lost his wife, Nancy, and all but one of his children between 1821 and 1822. Look for the foundation to their house, not far ahead on the left.

2. Old Swimming Hole

The trail turns left a small pond, which the previous owner converted into a swimming hole for his grandchildren in the 1970s. Two metal ladders attached to the side walls help tell this interesting story.

3. Beaver Pond

Look for a spur trail, leading to this small but beautiful beaver pond. The pond was created to provide water to the farm; occasionally wood ducks and Canada geese dabble in the shallows.

4. Boulder Garden

The trails winds around a collection of large glacial boulders, unusually concentrated in this area. See what shapes they call to mind. One looks like a saddle. Another, a whale?