Lillinonah Woods Park
Route 133, Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
67.7 acres

Brookfield Parks and Recreation


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); head diagonally through the intersection to stay on Route 133 east.   

The parking area is off Route 133 east on the right just past Obtuse Rocs Road (which, in turn, is just 0.2 of a mile before reaching the bridge over the Housatonic River heading into the town of Bridgewater).    Park near the gate.


picnic table by the parking area and picnic tables inside the park; bench; trails


8/10/2005.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked near the gate just off Route 133.  We walked around the gate and down the old asphalt road until we came to a kiosk on the right with its map of the trails in the area and the rules (one of which was no dogs).

The blue trail heads east from the kiosk to make a rectangular loop up to and back from a small stream. 

The yellow trails is an extension from the blue trail making possible a longer rectangular walk to and back from a stream farther east. 

Since no dogs are allowed, we decided to cheat a bit and just walk the short distance down the asphalt road to the Housatonic River.  One can see the Boat Launch in Bridgewater across the river by the bridge.  The map at the kiosk showed a trail heading along the river that hooks up with the blue trail, but after a short walk on the shoreline of the river any farther progress is stopped by the vegetation.  We turned around and went back to the car. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

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

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus grandidentata (big tooth aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock) 
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis riparia (riverbank grape)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)     *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Desmodium sp. (tick trefoil)
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink)     *
Geum canadense (white avens)      *
Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed) 
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover)     *
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)   *
Prenanthes altissima (tall white lettuce)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)      *
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)     *
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)     *
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil)     *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod)     *
Stellaria pubera (star chickweed)     *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)    *
Trillium sp. (trillium)
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Viola spp. (violet)

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Elymus sp. (wild rye grass)
Digitaria ischaemum (smooth crab grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)


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