Tefft Hill, Rt. 95 to Roaring Brook
Un-named Blue Blazed Trail
By guest bloggers the Rice family
Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day so we returned to explore an area that we have hiked around in before except this time we discovered a few neat features. Back down in Arcadia again, we checked out the area around Roaring Brook Pond. The Roaring Brook fishing area is off Arcadia Road directly across the street from Browning Mill Pond.
We pulled onto the Tefft Hill Trail which is a dirt access fire road that leads to a boardwalk handicap accessible fishing area and is gated a short distance beyond. We parked here and started our hike up the road. Soon we reached an un-named blue blazed trail that entered the woods to the right. This section is mostly flat and packed down with few rocks or roots. We hiked along for a mile passing a couple of stone walls.
The trail soon reached and passed under the Routes 95 North & South highway and is gated again a short distance beyond on Rt 3, Nooseneck Hill Rd. We decided to stop here for a beak and sought shelter from the sun beneath the overpass. While snacking on gummies & beef jerky we listened to rumbles reminiscent of thunder echo around us as big rigs passed overhead. Drivers are completely oblivious to our existence below. I know we drive under and over them all the time (at least I do every day). But there’s some special feeling we got lounging beneath..
Rt’s 95 North & south
Hanging out beneath 95!
Heading back we came across a trail that was not only un-blazed but also not on our map. Feeling a bit adventurous we decided to hike it out. Sadly, it just lead us around a few blow downs and back onto the fire road. We walked the fire road a bit when we located a privy standing alone in the woods.
Further on we followed a side trail that ran down and along a wide section of Roaring Brook. Hawks were soaring high above and a few fish broke the surface while we took in the moment. Definitely need to hike our fishing rods to this spot soon. Here we ran out of trail and it quickly became a machete-less bushwhack. Balancing myself on some moss covered rocks in a skinnier section of Roaring Brook we were seemingly surrounded by a garden of arachnids . I searched the area ahead for safe passage and everything that touched me sent me into a grunting, wiping and slapping reaction. “Trailwork!” I shouted spotting a cut log dead ahead and we again regained the trail. This was the scariest 100ft I’ve ever hiked!
Once back at our car, we totaled 3 miles in a couple of hours hiking around. You can also extend this hike considerably by hopping onto the Arcadia trail loop. There are many different trail options here so a map is highly recommended. There are also other footpaths in this area that are not on the maps but for the most part loop into one another.