Riverside Park Trail Letterbox  LbNA # 16968 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 29 2005
LocationHartford, CT
Planted ByTJ & Company    
Found By Wild Rover
Last Found Jan 14 2008
Hike Distance?

Riverside Park Trail Letterbox

In an effort to improve public access and enjoyment of the Connecticut River, Riverfront Recapture, Inc. has embarked upon several initiatives. Riverside Park includes a public boat launch the river walk and picnic areas. In addition there is a Boat House which can be rented for events.

This letterbox can be reached easily via a short (not more than 3/4 mile round trip) relatively flat trail that runs parallel to the river. Trail is likely to be wet after rain, and is sometimes closed due to flooding.

Directions to Riverside Park: Take exit 33 (Jennings Road) off I-91. At the end of the ramp proceed east on Jennings Road (toward the river). Take your first right onto Liebert Road. Travel approximately 1/2 mile to the park entrance on your left. Parking is available in the park.

To find the Letterbox: Proceed to the Boathouse and enter the trail from the Trailhead at the northeast corner of the building. Follow the middle blue trail (named the Pleasure Trail; this is the middle, straighter blue trail – NOT the trail close to the edge of the river, nor the one that meanders farther inland). Follow the trail a little over ¼ mile until you reach the old iron rusty railroad bridge that crosses above the trail. The trail is again undergoing some work when we recently visited (Octber 2006) but the letterbox is still there. Stand under the old iron bridge facing the brownstone pier that supports the bridge as it juts out of the hillside(facing west) with the river behind you. Proceed up the loose stone to the northwest corner of the pier (the right-hand corner of the pier). On this northeast corner of the pier wedged between a large rock and the brownstone pier itself covered with a smaller squarish rock is the letterbox.

After exchanging stamp imprints, please return the box to its secure location discreetly!

Hope you enjoyed finding this letterbox as much as we enjoyed placing it - this is our first! As you look down the river from the boat house the beautiful stone bridge you see is the Bulkeley Bridge!