Pomerance Park

January 27, 2024 – Greenwich, Connecticut

Problem: Simple

Size: Roughly 2.5 miles

Max elevation: 83 ft. – complete elevation achieve roughly 135 ft.

Map: Pomerance Park Trail Map

Parking: 101 Orchard St, Greenwich, CT 06830

Paved car parking zone – Restrooms on website

Hours: Open yr spherical, dawn to sundown


Park Overview:

Pomerance Park is situated in Cos Cob, a neighborhood within the city of Greenwich, Connecticut. The City-owned park is comprised of 107 acres that options mountain climbing trails and the stone ruins of the previous property of Ernest Thompson Seton, who helped set up the Boy Scouts of America within the early twentieth century.

Wyndygoul - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul – Pomerance Park

The park can also be dwelling to the 4.6-acre Cos Cob Pond, paved and unpaved trails, an elevated picket boardwalk and a few attention-grabbing historic remnants which are scattered about, such because the “Hobbit Home” situated not removed from the doorway.

Cos Cob Pond - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond – Pomerance Park

“Hobbit House” - Pomerance Park

“Hobbit Home” – Pomerance Park

Pomerance Park is open to the general public and managed by the Greenwich Division of Parks & Recreation.

Pomerance Park

Pomerance Park


Historical past:

The historical past of Pomerance Park is outstanding, starting with naturalist-author Ernest Thompson Seton (August 14, 1860 – October 23, 1946) laying out his Wyndygoul property in 1901. In Scottish Gaelic, Wyndygoul interprets to Windy Gulch or Windy Glen.

Wyndygoul

Wyndygoul

There he created the Woodcraft Indians, a precursor to the Boy Scouts of America.

Medicine Rock - Council and War Dance - circa 1910

Medication Rock – Council and Warfare Dance – circa 1910

Ernest Thompson Seton is the daddy of distinguished historic fiction author Anya Seton. Mr. Seton would ultimately promote his property in 1912 to financier Maurice Wertheim (February 16, 1886 – Could 27, 1950), who willed the property to his three daughters, one in every of whom married into the Pomerance household, and one other grew to become the distinguished historian and Pulitzer profitable writer (twice), Barbara W. Tuchman. The property was then divided among the many three sisters.

The house was demolished in 2014, however its stone partitions have been preserved as a memorial to Seton. There’s a plaque commemorating Wyndygoul and Seton within the park.

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

It’s also possible to see a number of options distinguished in a few of Seton’s writings about his dwelling, together with the pond and Medication Rock.

Medicine Rock - Pomerance Park

Medication Rock – Pomerance Park

In 2003, the City acquired 75 acres of the Pomerance Property off Orchard Avenue. Then, in 2007 the Tuchman Property added 31 extra acres.

For extra details about Wyndygoul and the historical past of the park, test the hyperlinks on the backside of the web page.


Trails Overview:

The red-blazed path is the primary path within the park. It runs principally across the perimeter of the property, however passes by or close to many of the factors of curiosity. On the map it’s listed as 1.3 miles lengthy, however it might be slightly longer.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

There are unmarked footpaths, together with paved and grime roads that criss-cross the property. Pomerance Park is adjoining to the 90-acre Montgomery Pinetum Park, which has extra trails to discover.


Hike Overview:

Pomerance Park could also be accessed from Orchard Avenue within the Cos Cob neighborhood of Greenwich, CT. There’s a paved lot that holds about 14 automobiles.

Pomerance Park entrance

Pomerance Park entrance

There are restrooms accessible, simply throughout from the Hobbit Home, not removed from the doorway.

Restrooms - Pomerance Park

Restrooms – Pomerance Park

I occurred to come upon this park whereas looking out the web for one thing else. After seeing some photos of attention-grabbing stone buildings, I made a decision to test it out. It’s solely a 1/2 hour drive from the Tappan Zee Bridge and fewer than 5 miles from Greenwich Level Park, one other good spot to take a look at.

We arrived on the park about 8:30am on a Saturday morning and there have been a number of automobiles within the lot. Upon our return, at about 10am, there have been nonetheless a number of spots accessible. From what I learn and noticed throughout my go to, it’s a preferred spot for canine walkers.

Parking lot - Pomerance Park

Car parking zone – Pomerance Park

This hike is usually a counterclockwise loop utilizing the Pink Path. The elevation achieve is minimal and the woods, for probably the most half, are quiet, aside from the occasional barking canine and loud cellphone talkers.

Pomerance Park - Red Trail Loop

Pomerance Park – Pink Path Loop

elevation profile- Pomerance Park

elevation profile- Pomerance Park

It rained for days previous to our go to, and the bottom was fairly saturated, making the moist areas muddy, however satisfactory. I like to recommend sporting waterproof boots.


The Hike:

On the southeastern finish of the car parking zone, search for a break within the picket fence with a pink blaze on a tree. That is the beginning of the loop. Proceed forward, following the effectively marked path which parallels Orchard Avenue, however quickly turns left, heading north. The Pink Path quickly approaches a paved street and turns left, now working alongside Brothers Brook.

Start of Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Begin of Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

In about 1/3 of a mile, the Pink Path reaches the southern finish of Cos Cob Pond. Simply earlier than reaching the pond, there’s a brief spur path on the left that results in the Stone Arch bridge and a picturesque small waterfall. You might wish to take a couple of minutes to take pleasure in this scenic spot.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Stone Arch bridge - Pomerance Park

Stone Arch bridge – Pomerance Park

Under is an outdated picture earlier than the  Stone Arch bridge was constructed.

Cos Cob Pond Dam - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond Dam – Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond Dam

Cos Cob Pond Dam

Mr. Seton created the Cos Cob Pond after damming Brothers Brook. As well as, he populated the pond with trout, bass, duck and geese.

Cos Cob Pond - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond – Pomerance Park

When you’re able to proceed, return to the Pink Path, which follows the paved street uphill. In a brief distance, the Pink Path veers proper and leaves the paved street, now working alongside a large grime path.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Veer right to remain on Red Trail

Veer proper to stay on Pink Path

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

The path quickly bears proper at a fork. Bear left, leaving the path momentarily to the location of an outdated root cellar.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Root Cellar - Pomerance Park

Root Cellar – Pomerance Park

Root Cellar - Pomerance Park

Root Cellar – Pomerance Park

When you’re executed trying out the basis cellar, return to the Pink Path and switch left, heading northeast. A brief distance later, the Pink Path comes to a different junction and turns left, now joined by the Inexperienced Path (from Montgomery Pinetum Park), which is available in from the appropriate.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Turn left to remain on the Red Trail

Flip left to stay on the Pink Path

Observe the Pink Path because it passes beneath a trestle bridge. Instantly after passing beneath the bridge, flip left and comply with an unmarked footpath uphill to the location of Wyndygoul.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Turn left on unmarked trail

Flip left on unmarked path

In a really brief distance, the path reaches the stone ruins of Wyndygoul. You might wish to take a while right here to discover this attention-grabbing space.

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul ruins – Pomerance Park

This viewpoint, as soon as held a grand view of the pond and the backyard under. The timber have since grown up, obscuring the view.

Wyndygoul Overlook - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul Overlook – Pomerance Park

The stone backyard slightly below the Wyndygoul website. We might be headed there quickly.

Wyndygoul Overlook - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul Overlook – Pomerance Park

Reverse the pond overlook is a curved stone wall with benches in-built. The view extends over the woods and the Pink Path under.

Wyndygoul site - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul website – Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul site - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul website – Pomerance Park

When you’re executed trying out these historic ruins, retrace your steps again to the trestle bridge and cross it. 

Wyndygoul site - Pomerance Park

Wyndygoul website – Pomerance Park

Trestle bridge - Pomerance Park

Trestle bridge – Pomerance Park

Trestle bridge - Pomerance Park

Trestle bridge – Pomerance Park

On the cut up within the bridge, flip proper to take a look at extra ruins. 

Trestle bridge - Pomerance Park

Trestle bridge – Pomerance Park

Ruins - Pomerance Park

Ruins – Pomerance Park

Ruins - Pomerance Park

Ruins – Pomerance Park

Retrace your steps and comply with a path that curves round to the left and meets up with the Pink Path. Flip proper on the Pink Path and comply with it downhill.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

The Pink Path involves a T-intersection and turns proper. It’s best to depart the Pink Path and comply with one other unmarked path that runs alongside the left of the pond. This brief footpath will convey you to the backyard ruins alongside the sting of Cos Cob Pond.

Unmarked trail - Pomerance Park

Unmarked path – Pomerance Park

Garden ruins - Pomerance Park

Backyard ruins – Pomerance Park

Garden ruins - Pomerance Park

Backyard ruins – Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond – Pomerance Park

Garden ruins - Pomerance Park

Backyard ruins – Pomerance Park

Stone Arch bridge - Pomerance Park

Stone Arch bridge – Pomerance Park

Garden ruins - Pomerance Park

Backyard ruins – Pomerance Park

Garden ruins - Pomerance Park

Backyard ruins – Pomerance Park

When you’re able to proceed, retrace your steps alongside the sting of the pond, rejoin the Pink Path and proceed straight, now heading north.

Unmarked trail - Pomerance Park

Unmarked path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Quickly the Pink Path turns left, heading in a westerly course. The path now skirts non-public property because it runs alongside the northern perimeter of the park.

Turn left to remain on the Red Trail

Flip left to stay on the Pink Path

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

In a brief distance, the Pink Path crosses a picket bridge over Brothers Brook, the inlet stream of Cos Cob Pond, and turns proper. After crossing the bridge, flip left at this junction, leaving the Pink Path briefly, and stroll a brief distance on the unmarked woods street.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Turn left at the junction

Flip left on the junction

A brief distance down that street, on the left, there may be an outdated chimney within the woods that was as soon as the location of a log cabin. This can be laborious to see when the foliage is grown in.

Chimney ruins - Pomerance Park

Chimney ruins – Pomerance Park

Under is a picture of the cabin that was there.

Cabin - Pomerance Park

Cabin – Pomerance Park

Return to the junction with the Pink Path and switch left.

Turn left on Red Trail

Flip left on Pink Path

Turn left on Red Trail

Flip left on Pink Path

The path heads west then curves south, bordering non-public properties on the appropriate. The path quickly passes by wetlands, with picket planks and stepping stones to assist hold your toes dry.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

The Pink Path quickly emerges on a paved park street and turns proper. Observe the paved street a brief distance and hold your eyes open for an unmarked footpath on the left, marked with a stone with a plaque on it. Flip left on this footpath to the placement of Medication Rock.

Turn right on Red Trail

Flip proper on Pink Path

Medicine Rock Trail - Pomerance Park

Medication Rock Path – Pomerance Park

Medicine Rock Trail - Pomerance Park

Medication Rock Path – Pomerance Park

Medicine Rock - Pomerance Park

Medication Rock – Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond - Medicine Rock Trail

Cos Cob Pond – Medication Rock Path

When you’re executed, return to the paved street and switch left. Not removed from Medication Rock, is the Hobbit Home.

Turn left on Red Trail (paved road)

Flip left on Pink Path (paved street)

I couldn’t discover any data on the aim of this distinctive wanting construction, nor the yr that it was constructed, nevertheless it makes for an intriguing cease alongside the path.

"Hobbit House" - Pomerance Park

“Hobbit Home” – Pomerance Park

You might wish to return to the southern finish of Cos Cob Pond, which is shut by, for one more look. 

Cos Cob Pond - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond – Pomerance Park

When you’re able to proceed, retrace your steps again to the Hobbit Home and switch left. The restrooms are situated reverse the Hobbit Home, so if it’s important to go, this can be a good time to take action.

Cos Cob Pond Dam - Pomerance Park

Cos Cob Pond Dam – Pomerance Park

"Hobbit House" - Pomerance Park

“Hobbit Home” – Pomerance Park

Restrooms - Pomerance Park

Restrooms – Pomerance Park

Proceed on the paved street (route of the Pink Path) and comply with it a brief distance again to the car parking zone, the place the hike started.

Red Trail - Pomerance Park

Pink Path – Pomerance Park

Parking lot - Pomerance Park

Car parking zone – Pomerance Park


Evaluation:

Though brief in distance, this hike packs a whole lot of factors of curiosity. The Pink Path is effectively marked and straightforward to comply with. The vast majority of those who we noticed, had been alongside the paved sections. We didn’t see anybody alongside the grime (muddy on today) trails. This can be a very nice spot to go to for the historic options alone. I might suggest this hike for anybody searching for a simple hike within the woods.

Execs:

Scenic panorama, historic options, stone ruins, Cos Cob Pond, the Pink Path is effectively marked.

Cons:

Not a lot data accessible on a number of the buildings within the park.


Take a hike!

Pomerance Park

Pomerance Park


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