Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
- Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
Kayaking, camping, riverboat cruises, x-c skiing, hiking and mountain biking. Historic exhibits. Narrated cruises along the Connecticut River aboard the 60-passenger Quinnetukut. Ski and snowshoe rental.
Amid woods and fields, slopes and valleys, Northfield Mountain offers a guided nature trail, the Rose Ledge rock climbing area, and 25 miles of hiking trails, including an overlook at the 1,100-foot summit. In the winter those trails are beautifully groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, with runs suitable for novice, intermediate and expert skiers. A shelter called the Chocolate Pot in a sunny mid-mountain spot offers a fire and snacks on weekends.
The Visitor Center offers maps, interpretive displays, and occasional programs, including orienteering. The Riverview area on the west side of Rte. 63 has a pavilion and tables for picnicking on the banks of the Connecticut River and a dock for seasonal riverboat cruises to the French King Gorge, narrated by experienced naturalists.
Nearby are the Barton Cove Recreation & Camping Area, with other recreational opportunities. All of these facilities are owned by Northeast Utilities as part of its federal license for a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on the mountain.
- Guided nature trail
- Rock climbing area
- Seasonal riverboat cruises
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
- Visitor Center with maps, displays, and programs