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The Bigelow Brook Letterbox

Placed: 6-29-02
Placed By: WWW (Formerly known as Chuck and Molly)
Location: Eastford, Windham County, CT
Rated: Moderate

Coming from the intersection of 44 and 89 in Warrenville (Ashford) take 44 East for 3.3 miles. Coming from the intersection of routes 198 and 44 in Phoenixville (Eastford) take 44 west for .9 of a mile. You will be looking for the spot where the Natchaug trail crosses route 44. There is a blue oval sign on each side of the road showing where the trail is. You will have to park off the shoulder of the road. Headed west from Phoenixville seems to me to have the best area for parking. This is the same starting point as Stones Brook Letterbox.

This trail has many intermittent brooks which cross the path and will not be included in the directions. There are several different types of terrain on this walk which is typical for the Natchaug Trail. Hope you enjoy the hike.

Take the Natchaug trail north down a small hill past foundations and walls winding up and down hills. You will be following the blue blazed Natchaug trail the entire way. It is approximately 1 ¼ miles to the box. Go through a stone wall. The trail bears left uphill then right through another stone wall. You will go gradually downhill until you get alongside Bigelow Brook. You will walk along side the river and stone wall, then through pines. The trail bears left and gradually goes away from the brook and quickly coming back to the brook. You will see a tree with markings indicating a sharp left turn away from the brook. You will go uphill for a good distance away from the brook. It starts again downhill to a wet area and gradually to the brook’s edge. Follow the trail along the edge of the brook crossing a badly broken down stone wall. Keep going, passing a short amount of barbed wire between trees and stumps along the rivers edge. You will see across the river rock ledge that forms an interesting formation which resembles a kind of cave in the river. At this point look left and see an old blank wooden sign nailed to a tree. From that tree at 330 degrees is a large rock. Look below on the southeast side of the rock to find the letterbox. If you miss the wooden sign or ledge cave, you will come to a tree with two blue marks indicating a turn in the trail again, going away from the river. Stop at this tree. Turn around and walk back the way you came 33 steps. The rock you are looking for is the largest rock in the area and looks like a tree is growing out of the back of it. It is 11 steps off the trail.

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