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Collis P. Huntington State Park, Redding

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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5/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
Collis P. Huntington State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area in the towns of Redding, Newtown, and Bethel in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The state park is noted for its sculptures of bears and wolves by Anna Hyatt Huntington. The park bears the name of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington, whose heirs donated the lands to the state, and was opened to the public following Mrs. Huntington death in 1973.HistoryUnder the late 19th-century ownership of Commodore Walther Luttgen, a New York banker, industrialist and yachtsman, park-like features were added to the landscape including service roads, trails, and artificial ponds. One of Luttgen's improvements, a miniature stone lighthouse, may still be seen. The remains of a small steam paddlewheeler that once plied the ponds have not been found.Following Luttgen's death in 1922, Joseph E. Sterrett, a principal with the accounting firm of Price, Waterhouse, acquired the estate, including its mansion, Villa Linta. After the villa burned down, the land was purchased by Archer M. Huntington, the philanthropist stepson of industrialist Collis Potter Huntington.
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  • Encampments remain from 1778 when the Patriot soldiers spent the winter here. The conditions they lived in are evident and harsh. Bronze statue of General Putnam on his horse created by Anna Hyatt Hun...  read more »
  • My mother, sister, dog, and I went on a hike here. We were very impressed by the well groomed trails and will definitely go again! There are miles and miles of trails to explore with several lakes and...  read more »
  • Great for a walk, hike, kayak or trail run but really shines in the single track. Many trails of all levels. No freeride stuff but lots of rock gardens and some good flowey lines. Some good climbing a...  read more »
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