Case Mountain – Manchester, CT
Case Mountain is a really fun hike for all levels of experience! I like to park in the spring street parking lot because it offers a great view of the waterfall right at the start of your hike. It also leads you right into the “Carriage path” or the white trail, which is about 5 miles long but very easy and the summit offers a fantastic view of the Hartford skyline. The white trail is mostly gravel footing and large enough for a fun family hike. If you’re looking for a more difficult trail the pink and yellow trails are a lot of fun! The hardest hike I’ve done is white to pink to grey/white to yellow/red to yellow/gray up to blue and back around to the summit. It was about 8 miles total but got some good elevation gain/loss on it.
Case Mountain is a very popular hike for families so if you’re bringing your pup here make sure they get along with children and don’t mind the small ones running up to pet him/her. It’s also popular spot for mountain biking and runners so know your pups comfort level when they go zooming passed you!
The Case family were prominent industrialists in Manchester where they operated a paper mill and water bottling facility. In 1861 Alfred Wells Case and his twin brother Albert Willard Case opened the Case Brothers Inc. paper mill in Highland Park where they produced washed cotton supplied to the Union Army during the Civil War. At the end of the war, the Case brothers began a specialized papermaking operation and soon became a leader in the manufacturing of pressboard, a strong paper product used as album board, shoe board, and binder board. They were true Connecticut Yankees that ran an efficient, innovative, highly skilled operation, and the company continued to flourish as the New England paper industry reached its peak. In 1878 the company won first prize for its pressed paper at the International Paris Exposition, competing with many European paper manufacturers, and achieved further success at the Melbourne Exhibition of 1880. Case Brothers Inc. remained a family business and continued success into the 1960s when it was acquired by Boise Cascade Corporation. The Case family owned a large amount of land in the southeastern section Manchester that is now the Case Mountain Recreational Area. They built a stone bridge across the west end of Case Pond, many stone walls, a chestnut log cabin, and a carriage path that loops from Spring Street to the top of Lookout Mountain and down to Case Pond. source