V. Rocks, Caves & Dens

That’s right. Rocks. Artistic, historic, or otherwise interesting. You’d be amazed at how much one can write about rocks. I’ll probably add a bit more from a geologic perspective to this section over time, as there are a few cool formations around the state.

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Painted Rocks, Named Rocks & Rock Formations
Historic Rocks
Cool Geology
Caves, Dens & “Caves”

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Painted Rocks, Named Rocks & Rock Formations

Frog Rock, Eastford, 2/2/2008
Turtle Rock, Marlborough, 2/2/2008
Elephant Rock, West Simsbury, 6/22/2008
Carl Andre’s Stone Field Sculpture, Hartford, Many visits
Link to Bear Rock, Durham (Scroll halfway down hike story)
Frog Rock, Cornwall Bridge, 11/29/2009
Snoopy Rock I, Preston, 8/7/2010
Snoopy Rock II, Preston, 10/5/2013
Table Rock, Pomfret, 4/17/2011
Indian Chair, Pomfret, 4/17/2011
Eagle Rock, Hebron, 4/24/2011
Sparky the Dog Rock, Montville, 5/28/2011
Al E. Gator, Glastonbury, 4/1/2012
Bethel Snake(?) Rock, Bethel, 6/22/2012
Dog, Bear, Dog painted rocks, Winchester, 9/29/2012
Drum Rock, Canton, 4/21/2013
The Brethren, Hamden, 5/5/2013

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Dog Rock, Preston

Dog Rock, Danbury (across from town park)
Indian Head Rock, on the Housatonic in Shelton
Molly Fisher Rock, Kent
The Pinnacle, New Preston
Stone Table, North Cornwall
Settler’s Rock, Ridgefield (Info)
Largest boulder, Cochegan Rock, Uncasville
Largest “free-standing” boulder in S. New England, Shopboard Rock, Higganum (Info)
Bible Rock, Higganum (Info)
Pulpit/Flag/Lorenzo Dow’s Rock, Higganum (Info)
Crying Child Rock, Salisbury
Eliot and Pulpit Rocks, Woodstock
Prophet’s Rock, Hebron

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Historic Rocks

Selectman’s Stones, 9/1/2008
Hospital Rock, Farmington, 4/27/2009
The Yale Boulder, Old Saybrook, 5/18/2011
Orenaug Park Pillars. Woodbury, 1/7/2012
The Little Stone House, Storrs, 5/30/2014

Joshua’s Rock, Madison (Info)

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Hospital Rock, Farmington

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Cool Geology

Wilsonville Fault, Thompson
Matianuck Sand Dunes, Windsor

Pillow Basalt formation, Meriden
The Great Uncomformity, Southington (Info)

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Caves, Dens & “Caves”

Connecticut has an embarrassing habit of naming caves that are not really caves. By my reckoning, there are only a couple real caves in Connecticut – and they are tiny to say the least. The Central Connecticut Grotto states there is only one “real” cave – Tory Cave in New Milford. But hey, I don’t make the rules; I just copy the lists and visit them. Actually, many of these places have cool histories that make them interesting.

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One of Leatherman’s Caves in Watertown

My online cave resource seems to have disappeared in 2014. Darnit.

Will Warren’s Den, Farmington, 10/6/2007
Judges Cave, New Haven, 1/13/2008
Tory Den, Burlington, 4/20/2008
Link to Coginchaug Cave, 9/1/2008 (cave at bottom)
Devil’s Dens in Sterling and Plainfield
(One of) Leatherman’s Cave v.Crane’s Lookout, Watertown, 5/18/2009
Leatherman’s Cave v.Park Road, Watertown, 12/13/14
Squaw Cave, Bolton Notch, 4/9/2010
Wolf Den, Pomfret, 4/17/2011
Indian Council Caves, Barkhamsted, 10/20/2013

“The Real” Leatherman’s Cave, Watertown
Rachel’s Hut, Franklin
The Legend of Colebrook Cave, Colebrook
Gamaliel’s Den, Roxbury
The Danbury Chamber, Danbury
Pahke’s (aka Wright’s) Cave, Hartland
King Phillip’s Cave, Simsbury
Sarah Bishop’s Cave, Ridgefield

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5 responses to “V. Rocks, Caves & Dens”

  1. Ian says:

    You should check out the pillow basalt behind the Target building in Meriden. World class site!

  2. michele says:

    Does anyone know how to get to Pahke’s Cave, I’d like to visit it. Thanks

  3. Scott says:

    Just wondering if you have photographed the great stone face in plainville. The large rock formation is an amazing site to see, not well known but close to home. Nice short hike for someone to complete while the little ones nap. Contact me via email for more info

  4. Shirley sutton says:

    Drum Rock near the north end of Barbertown Road in Canton Center. Not an animal, but really cool.

  5. Shirley Sutton says:

    It is hard to imagine the truth of the story of Pahke’s Cave as the opening is so small. Since porcupines have found the cave makes a good den they have been here for years. My son and I dug down through more than two feet of poop and only then could we belly crawl in the entrance. Since the pp’s were in residence at the time, we did not continue on. From what we could see it did not appear to open up inside.

    There is a large erratic on MDC property, not far from the cave (which is on private property) that was said to have been built up on three side to form a residence for the Wright family.

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