Atlantic Cedar Swamp, Chester

If you want to explore an Atlantic cedar swamp, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you are going to get wet. Second, if you are afraid of things that go bump in the night or your imagination gets the best of you, the atmosphere of the swamp is one spooky, mysterious place. And lastly, there are no trails, no boardwalks and no maps. You can enter the wilds, but there are no guarantees you will return to civilization. That said, there are few places in this state that are such an absolute joy to explore than cedar swamps. And within the heart of the Cockaponset State Forest is the king of them all  Chester Cedar Swamp. The largest bog of its kind in the state, the swamp, in Chester, is on the list of National Natural Landmarks  a compilation of important geological and ecological sites in Connecticut. Read story <a href="http://www.courant.com/hc-marteka-chester-cedar-swamp-0217-20120216,0,2627048.column"target=new window"> here.</a>a>

( Peter Marteka, pmarteka@courant.com / May 20, 2013 )

If you want to explore an Atlantic cedar swamp, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you are going to get wet. Second, if you are afraid of things that go bump in the night or your imagination gets the best of you, the atmosphere of the swamp is one spooky, mysterious place. And lastly, there are no trails, no boardwalks and no maps. You can enter the wilds, but there are no guarantees you will return to civilization. That said, there are few places in this state that are such an absolute joy to explore than cedar swamps. And within the heart of the Cockaponset State Forest is the king of them all Chester Cedar Swamp. The largest bog of its kind in the state, the swamp, in Chester, is on the list of National Natural Landmarks a compilation of important geological and ecological sites in Connecticut. Read story here.a>

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