If you need to Unwind before the hustle and bustle of the holidays White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield Connecticut has the perfect suggestion – a Christmas Eve stroll up Apple Hill with staff member Gerri Griswold. Hikers should meet at the trailhead off East Shore Road in Litchfield.
This festive walk on Friday, December 24 begins at 10 a.m. and is free of charge. It is open to 12 lucky people that should pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or registering online at https://whitememorialcc.org/product/christmas-eve. Donations for the programs of White Memorial Foundation are always appreciated.
After the walk, enjoy homemade scones from the creator of the Pandemic Kitchen video series and hot chocolate.
About Apple Hill Trail
The Apple Hill Trail (blue rectangle blazes) is located in the southwest portion of White Memorial, off East Shore Road. There are two trailheads. From the northern entrance, the trail takes you on a 1.5-mile journey (3 miles out and back) that begins on Laurel Hill, which is spectacular when the mountain laurel is in bloom around Father’s Day. It then proceeds through the woods and onto a short boardwalk through Cat Swamp. About 1/2 mile further, a direction sign labeled “Marsh” leads you on a short spur to a beautiful “secret” section of Cat Swamp – the perfect place for solitude. Once back on the main trail, you’ll start your incline to the top of Apple Hill, transitioning from a deep forest to a vast meadow. At 1,200 feet in elevation, you’ll get a beautiful view of Bantam Lake and the surrounding landscape from the observation platform on the hill. You can also reach the top of Apple Hill by entering from the southern entrance on East Shore Rd. From there, the walk is 1/2 mile to the platform (1 mile out and back). You will pass through a habitat restoration area for the New England Cottontail on your way. If you choose this route, please do not park on the private property of any surrounding homes.