Honor The Veterans  LbNA # 40223

Placed DateMay 26 2008
CountyNew Haven
LocationBethany, CT
Planted ByWalking Charley    
Found By Sojourner
Last Found Apr 14 2017
Hike Distance?

2 Boxes located at Veterans Memorial Park
Easy Trail, short hike, great for kids (<1 mile, <1 hour)
Bring your bathing suit, basketball and tennis gear
For non-Bethany Residents, there may be a $5 fee at certain times of the year.

To get to VMP…from Rte 63, Amity Rd in Bethany, take Rte 42 West for 1.3 miles. You will see the blue sign on left for Veterans Memorial Park.

Enter park and leave your car near the playground and basketball courts. Enter trail by going around gate with “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign.

Follow trail keeping the lake on your left. Pass 2 soccer fields on your right and a lifeguard house on your left. Take a right at the end of the second soccer field before you get to the porta-potties and the volleyball net.

Follow the treeline, behind the soccer goal until you reach a single narrow white birch tree at the corner of the field. Continue past the white birch tree straight into the woods about 20 feet to a giant V-shaped maple tree. You will find the 1st box behind the tree.

Now go back to the trail and continue around the lake. Look for beavers as you go. Continue along the lake until you pass over the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

A few steps after you cross over the bridge you will see a trail that goes to your right. Take this trail for a few steps until you pass over a broken part of the stone wall. Turn immediately to the right and follow the stone wall for a short ways until you reach another stone wall that intersects the first one perpendicularly. Take a left and follow the second stone wall to the second large tree (these trees are big, but still beaver edible size) adjacent to the stone wall. You will find the 2nd stone wall behind it. Do not cross over either stone wall.

Return to the main trail and follow back to the parking lot with the lake on your left. You will see a beautiful monument to Bethany’s veterans on your right, in front of the lodge, before you get to the parking lot. Enjoy!