CARcasses

Having only just begun my plan to hike all of Connecticut’s trails (2007), I quickly came to realize that, for some reason, Nutmeggers like to leave their old cars to rot out in the woods. Often, I scratch my head and wonder how the heck they got them there in the first place. And so, here’s my ode to these rusted out hunks of junk found in the middle of nowhere.

1. Salmon River Trail, mile 3.5, Colchester

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massive mid-70′s sedan

2. Metacomet Trail, just north of Shuttle Meadow Road, Plainville

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Car door with smiley face

3. Tunxis Trail (Compounce Ridge), 2 miles in from Bristol end

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Early 80′s station wagon

4. Tunxis Trail (Compounce Ridge), 2 miles in from Bristol end

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Not quite sure

5. Tunxis Trail (White Dot), Along Blueberry Hill Rd, Harwinton

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Old Ford Fairlane?

6. Mattabesett Trail, North side of Lamentation Mountain, East Berlin

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I’ll say it’s a Trabant, since it’s in East Berlin

7. Mattabesett Trail, North side of Lamentation Mountain, Middletown

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Old station wagon of some sort

8. Mattabesett Trail, North side of Lamentation Mountain, Middletown

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Ford Falcon, childhood car of CTMQ

9. Mattabesett Trail, Mid Beseck Ridge, Wallingford

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Upside down 80′s sportscar!

10. Mattabesett Trail, Mid Beseck Ridge, Wallingford

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Jeep thing

11. Mattabesett Trail, Along Nedobity Road, Haddam

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Two old VW bugs, neither of which look “alive”

12. Mattabesett Trail, at Bear Hill Loop’s westernmost junction, Middletown

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This is enough of a car to call it a CARcass.

13. Bear Hill Loop, just south of the westernmost Mattabesett junction, Middletown

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One of the more intact specimens I’ve seen

14. Eddy Loop, McLean Game Refuge, along Firetown Road, Granby

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The motherlode.

15. Eddy Loop, McLean Game Refuge, along Firetown Road, Granby

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Old snowplow thing

16. Paugussett Trail, just off of train tracks

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Borderline car

17. Old Woods Road near Ragged Mountain Trail

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Rollover

18. Old Woods Road near Ragged Mountain Trail

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Ugly racist car

19. Woods road crosses Pomperaug Trail, Oxford


The Mystery Machine has been found

20. Woods Hollister and Whitehouse Family Nature Preserves Trail
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A Jeep. Barely.

4 responses to “CARcasses”

  1. josh says:

    you need to see the 40 something hudson on clarkhurst road in haddam neck

  2. Don says:

    No. 15 is actually a Road Grader.

  3. Paul says:

    no. 5 is a late 60s Camaro. great, fun site!

  4. Tim says:

    The car on Clarkhurst Rd in Haddam Neck is actually a 1953 Mercury. There is enough detail left on the car to identify it as a ’53 Merc. It is flipped on it’s roof in an old foundation, probably a car that was stolen and ditched. If you go to the closed bridge on Clarkhurst Rd and follow the asphalt part of the road leading into the George Dudley Seymour Park (originally the Clarkhurst Resort of the 1920s and 30s), the foundation is located on the left side of the road a few hundred yards before where the asphalt ends. If you get to the foundation close to the right side of road at the end of the asphalt and where the abandoned state parking lot is, you went too far. Sidenote; if anyone has any information or old pictures of the Clarkhurst Resort I am interested. Please email me at belltowndiecast@AOL.com. I grew up near the resort, it was a stomping grounds in my teens, and in the past few years I have been trying to document the resort and all the foundations down there for posterity with help of a friend in the Haddam Historical Society. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, Tim

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