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Fyler Pond Trail – A Little Agricultural History | Average Hiker

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Fyler Pond Trail Summary

I hiked the Fyler Pond Trail on a cold winter morning in early January. The loops are only about a half-mile, and I knew it would go quickly, but sometimes the little side loop blue-blazed trails are some of the most interesting. Often, trails near water sources can hold some old surprises.

The Fyler Trail is located in Sunny Brook State Park. The trail passes through classic hardwood and spruce forest as it takes you by Fyler Pond, which was dug out by an old steam shovel in the 1900s.

Trail Snapshot

Trail: Fyler Pond TrailLength: .5 Miles
Sunny Brook State Park: 41.851267,-73.125882Sunny Brook State Park: Same as Previous
Difficulty: EasyTerrain: Trail, Hardwood, Spruce
Location: Torrington, CTTrail Traverses: Sunny Brook State Park
Highlights: Fyler Pond, Rock-Tree, Agricultural Equipment

Trail Resources

There are several maps you can use for navigation. I used my GAIA GPS App and plotted out the trail using the Connecticut Walk Book – 20th Edition.

See additional maps below.

Fyler Trail Route

Sunny Brook has a large parking area that will probably hold about 20 vehicles. I was the first one when I arrived, but there were about eight cars there when I left, so it is a reasonably busy park. I was surprised since it was well below freezing.

Hiking southwest from the parking lot on to Boulder Testone Loop, I walked about .2 miles before turning north (right) onto Fyler Pond Trail. There was a dusting of snow, and a couple of ice-covered bridges, so the only real challenge was not busting my fanny on the little wooden bridges.

Agricultural Equipment

Just before Fyler Pond, there was an old piece of agricultural equipment to the trail’s left. I took a couple of pictures to post on Twitter. My Twitter Gang always has fascinating perspectives on what I find, and this piece of equipment was no exception. They are nothing if not creative, as you can see by the suggestions below.

  • Gravel Sifting Machine
  • Old Baler Pickup Head
  • Whangle-Wizzer 1898
  • Chicken Plucker – Continuous
  • Hay Rake
  • Space Junk
  • Header for Wheat Thrasher
Agricultural Equipment Along Fyler Pond Trail

Fyler Pond

Fyler Pond was small, and although the ice did not appear thick, animal prints cris-crossed the snow on the frozen surface. I did not stay long since I needed to keep moving to stay warm.

Embedded Rock

Leaving the pond, I climbed up through the woods past a large ridge of rock. There was a very tenacious tree that had grown up alongside and into the rock. Trees amaze me. The root system could have gone left with far less resistance, but instead, the tree had chosen to embed itself in the rock.

I headed back downhill through the open Spruce Forest and back to Testone Boulder Trail to take me back to the parking area.

Post Trail Thoughts

This is a fun, easy trail that is easy to connect to other trails in Sunny Brook State Park and the Paugnut State Forest, like the Testone Loop Trail and the John Muir Trail.

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Ellie Thomas

I've hiked thousands of miles and still love the unknown of the journeys. Trails hiked include the AT, PCT, CDT, CT, AZT, NET, BMT White Mountains, and numerous blue-blazed trails around the country.