Pachaug State Forest and Rhododendron Sanctuary

Friday, September 26, 2014

I love spending time outside. In southeastern Connecticut there are public parks all over, and one of my most recent park finds is the Pachaug State Forest, which is 24,000 acres. The Pachaug State Forest and inclosed Rhododendron Sanctuary, located in Voluntown, Connecticut. The Rhododendron Sanctuary is half a mile of board walk through a swampy Rhododendron habitat.

I've visited Pachaug State Forest because of their Rhododendron Sanctuary. Unfortunately, each time I've visited (in April and the end of May - the typical flowering time for other species of Rhododendron around Connecticut), the rhododendrons were not yet flowering. Clearly, I didn't check the website that says flowering time is in June or July. Whoops! Next time is the charm, right? Despite this, the Rhododendron Sanctuary is gorgeous and the perfect place to visit in any season.

The Rhododendron Sanctuary can be found on 219 Ekonk Hill Road in Voluntown, CT.


Hopewille Pond State Park and Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Rhododendron Sanctuary
 Ferns in the Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Hopeville Pond State Park


Ferns in the water at the Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Rhododendron Sanctuary - not in bloom

The Rhododendron Sanctuary in Connecticut


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10 comments:

  1. Still, it's absolutely beautiful - and seems so peaceful!

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    1. It was gorgeous! Now I just need to get back when it is flowering.

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    1. It was really quiet and calm. I bet during flowering season it gets crowded thought.

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  3. Ooh- looks so peaceful and refreshing. I could definitely wander around there for a good while!

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    1. It is very nice there! What is your favorite park?

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  4. Aww a pity that they weren't flowering yet during your visit. Hopefully you were able to go back to see them in all their glory!

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    1. I'm sure I'll make it back - it just may take a year or two. It will be so worth it though to see them flowering!

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