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Hubbard Park, Meriden

#19 of 194 in Parks in Connecticut
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded, mountainous park located just outside the city center of Meriden, Connecticut. It comprises approximately 1800acre of carefully kept woodlands, streams, dramatic cliff faces, flower gardens, and the James Barry bandshell and picnic spots, as well as its showpiece, Mirror Lake. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Most of the land was given to the town by Walter Hubbard, president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. In his donation, the land was given outright, with the stipulation that everything connected with the park was to remain free of charge for the people of Meriden, and that no concessions for profit were ever allowed within the park area.
Hubbard spent a great deal of time and energy creating the park. He personally spent between $400,000 and $500,000 to clear land, build roads, and construct Mirror Lake with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted, who is best known for designing New York City's Central Park. Hubbard built a tower on East Peak, known as Castle Craig, to resemble the towers built by the Turks along the Danube River in the 12th century.
According to local folklore, Hubbard Park is said to be haunted by the ghostly presence of the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills (see Hanging Hills).
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  • Hubbard Park is an amazing place to visit with many opportunities. Maybe you want to bring your kids to play on the playground full of many fun activities. Maybe your dog needs to enjoy the...  more »
  • We walked the white trail and then the orange trail to the castle. The white trail was easy, the orange a bit challenging. The view from the top was beautiful.  more »
  • We stopped here for a quick rest when driving down to Virginia. It was a great place to walk the dog around and stretch our legs. I didn't see any bathrooms. So we stopped somewhere else real quick to use the restroom. There were a lot of ducks and geese to enjoy and the pond was serene. It was the perfect place for us to stop.
  • I love this place. I've been going there since I was a child. I also brought my children there for picnics and to let them fish. They always had a great time feeding the ducks and also playing at the playground. I hiked it a few times. The scenery is breath taking. Especially in the Fall
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