Kahlo Trail Park
Hop Brook Road, Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut


Saw Mill River Parkway north to its end at mile marker 29; get onto US 684 north; drive about 11 miles to mile marker 28 for exit 9E for US 84 west; drive around 10 miles to get off at exit 7 for Route 7 north; get off at Federal Road; turn left at the light and then right at the next light; (there is a Burger King and a McDonalds on the left side);  turn right onto Junction Road (Route 133 east); drive to the intersection with Route 25 (Whisconier Road). 

Turn left onto Route 25 north; in a short distance veer right onto Long Meadow Hill Road; pass Brookfield High School on the right to a 4-way stop; drive about 1 mile from the intersection to a right turn onto Hop Brook Road.  Drive about 0.5 of a mile down to Kimberly Drive.  Turn around to come back onto Hop Brook Road; on the right, just past the guard rail of short, upright utility poles, park at the small pull-off.  The park is across the road. 

(Heading down Hop Brook Road, the parking pull-off is located past house #38 on the right and house #25 on the left)


According to our detailed map of Litchfield County, the trail is located on the other side (west side) of Hop Brook (which flows into Lake Lillinonah of the Housatonic River).  The trail follows Hop Brook down to East Hillendale Road where it stops.

The area is very swampy.  But the swampy area was very dry and we were able to walk across it without getting muddy.  We walked over to Hop Brook and back and forth but we never saw a trail.   Made a small plant list and then left.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* =  plant(s) blooming on date of field trip, 8/10/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)     *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)     *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)  
Chelidonium majus (celandine)     *
Chrysosplenium americanum (golden saxifrage)
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower)     *
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Epipactis helleborine (helleborine orchid) 
Galium spp. (mollugo (wild madder)     *
Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed) 
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)       
Iris sp. (blue or yellow flag)
Laportea canadensis (wood nettle)
Lycopus sp. (bugleweed)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Polygonum arifolium (halberd-leaved tear thumb)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Rumex sp. (dock)
Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap)     *
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle)     *
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Viola spp. (violet)

Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Leersia virginica (white grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Sphagnum sp. (sphagnum moss)


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