Join the BLT's Walk Back in Time

Sunday, October 13th from 1:00-4:00

Negro/Freeman Hill* Ramble

Our in and out hike will be 3.4 miles long.  We will take the Tunxis Blue Trail from the end of Johnnycake Mtn. Road and head towards the end of the Greer Rd./Blueberry Hill Rd. area.   Most of the trail is pretty flat, but there are gentle inclines and declines as well as obstacles to climb over and under. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The Negro/ Freeman Hill area is interesting as it straddles the border between four towns, two counties and two watersheds. During the late eighteenth and early 19th century it was a refuge for a rogue's gallery of political and racial outcasts. The walk will cover some of the figures who lived on and around Negro/ Freeman Hill and how they impacted the history of our community. Tom Rubino, a history teacher from the Global Experience Magnet School in Bloomfield and local historian, will share his research about this area with hike participants. 

*Read about the name change in the Hartford Courant

From the intersection of Rtes. 4 and 69, head south towards Bristol on Route 69. 

Take the right immediately after Dunkin Donuts. 

This is Rock Rd.  Travel on Rock Rd. for 1.6 miles. 

At the end of Rock Rd., take a left at the stop sign and travel one mile to the end of Johnnycake Mountain Rd.

If you are coming up Route 69 North towards the center of Burlington, you will take the left (Rock Rd.) that is before Dunkin Donuts and follow the rest of the directions above.

GPS Coordinates:  41.746701, -72.991759

Google Map Direction

Hikers can park on South Rd. which is the left before the end of Johnnycake.  Please park on the right side of the road.