About Richardson Brook

Light in the forest at Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Named for the brook at its southern boundary, this wildlife sanctuary offers a challenging trail that meanders by numerous large trees and boulders, an interesting stone structure, and finally to Richardson Brook itself.

Acres

109

Trail Mileage 

2.5 miles

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Three species of salamanders that live in the cool, clear waters of Richardson Brook. 
  • Stone walls, rock piles, and the skeletal remains of red cedar, an indication that the upper portions of the sanctuary were open fields.
  • The waters from Richardson Brook, which eventually flow in the Farmington River,  an important water supply for Hartford.
  • Impressive specimens of red oak, sugar maple, white pine, eastern hemlock, black birch, and American beech.