Go The Secrets of Steep Rock
Hiking has always set me at ease, and I look forward to trips to Connecticut for the serenity that comes with being immersed in the surrounding natural splendor. That’s exactly why I keep returning to the trails that wind along the Steep Rock Preserve. Not only does the 998-acres of idyllic hiking trails reveal sweeping viewpoints, lush hillsides, and babbling brooks with every step, but also unveils historic, hidden gems along the way. Steep Rock’s little-known-secrets begin with a short seven-minute walk in from the main parking lot, where the blue circle trail will take you to the remains of Holiday House, a hotel built in 1893 by philanthropist Edward I. Van Ingen and used as a retreat for young working women from New York City. As a New Yorker who visits the Connecticut countryside to take a pause from city life, my friends and I can’t help but joke that the hotel is still serving it’s purpose well after its doors closed back in 1918.