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New Years Day Yoga Hike

1 pm – 2:30 pm 

Free pop-up yoga hike in my new hometown of Farmington, CT on New Years Day! I’ve debated drawing attention to this local gem because it’s one of my favorite town spots for solitude while bird-watching. But alas, I shouldn’t be trail greedy (New Years Resolution).

Join me for a beginners level yoga hike along the 1.5 mile blue-blazed trail. It’ll be my first hike of the year as I attempt to complete the 52 hikes challenge in 2018. Shade Swamp Sanctuary’s blue trail is on the list of historic hikes in Farmington. The trail begins behind a 1934 dilapidated shelter that was built by unemployed young men during the Great Depression. Two minutes into the trail we’ll come across remains of an abandoned zoo. Damned Connecticut and CTMQ-Destroying the Myth that there is nothing to do here did stellar write ups here and here. No worries if you don’t have time to read, I’ll regale you with all the creepy and historical details along our hike through forest and wetland trails.

Shade Swamp Abandoned Zoo Cages January 2017

Come solo or invite your friends, family, and well-behaved pet to join us on the trail!

RSVP required on Facebook Event Page by clicking here

A signed liability waiver that will be provided at the event. Youth under 18 years of age must have a guardian’s signature to participate. Email if you need the liability waiver ahead of time.

Directions: 96 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032

GPS: 41°42’15.4″N 72°51’33.33″W

Parking: Limited spots in front of dilapidated shelter off Rt 6, please carpool

Trail map:



Call Nicole at 860-323-3560 or


Inclement Weather practice & FAQs can be found here. Check Facebook event page by 8 am day of hike to see if it’s cancelled due to unsafe hiking condition (or extreme wind chill/cold).