Eversource's Newgate property includes approximately 188 acres of mixed-aged forests on either side of early successional habitat under the property’s power lines. Newgate is part of a large collection of open space properties that have been individually protected by state, town, and non-profit entities.
This property is managed for wildlife habitat through an agreement between Eversource and the Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division. The DEEP also owns an adjacent property that is managed for wildlife. A key feature of the Newgate property is its location along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, a heavily-used, multi-modal linear recreational facility.
This property provides important visual buffering and areas of interest along a portion of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
The Newgate Wildlife Management Area borders Eversource’s property to the Eversource. East Granby Farms (Town of East Granby) and McLean Game Refuge are also nearby. Together, these properties create a large protected open space area with extensive recreational opportunities.
Both Eversource and CT DEEP manage forestland to promote forest health and wildlife habitat. Timber harvests have occurred on these properties in the past 10 years.
- Access: Parking area north of Route 20 just west of trail crossing.
- Location: Granby, Conn.
- Size: 188 acres
- Recreation: Bow hunting deer (permit only); Hiking and bicycling (Farmington Canal Heritage Trail – paved rails-to-trails); Nature photography; No motorized vehicles allowed.
- Features: Paved bike/hiking trail; Forest & early successional habitat; Deer bow hunting; Small game hunting.
- Wildlife: Deer; Beaver; Hawks; Turkey Vultures; Amphibians (near wetlands).
How To Get There
From the east: Take Route 20 West towards Granby (I-91 Exit 40 -Bradley Int’l Airport). Parking area is on the right (north side of Route 20), 2.3 miles past Route 187.
From the west: Take Rt. 20 East from the center of Granby. The parking area is on the left (north side of Rt. 20) 1.1 miles east of the intersection of Routes 20, 10, 202 & 189.