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Sharon is a town in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.

Appalachian Trail's Pine Knob Loop Trail section in Housatonic Meadows State Park — scenic overlook of the Housatonic River valley in Sharon and Cornwall


Sharon was populated by Native Americans for quite a long time before it was settled by colonists of European extraction in 1739. It is a wealthy township with much natural beauty and many old, very well-kept mansions. It is a bit quieter than neighboring Kent.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The north-south Federal Route 7 hugs the west bank of the Housatonic River at the eastern boundary of the township. The roads that intersect at the center of town are the roughly north-south State Route 41 and State Route 4 (343 across the New York State line), which is most nearly southeast-northwest and connects the town with Amenia, New York. State Route 361 (same number in New York) continues further north and goes to Millerton, New York.

Get around[edit]

You will need a vehicle to get around town.



Parks and nature preserves[edit]

There are several parks and nature preserves, including:

  • Housatonic Meadows Park.
  • Housatonic State Forest.
  • Sharon Audubon Center, 325 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4), +1 860 364-0520. Raptor Center and Trails: open dawn to dusk. Visitor Center and Nature Store open: Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.. Includes two lovely ponds (the marshier Ford Pond and the clearer, larger Bog Meadow Pond), a garden, a center for rescued raptors, and a museum/center for rescued animals and gift shop. Some of the paths, such as the one that hugs Bog Meadow Pond may be muddy, possibly impassible after a rain, and buggy (it's a good idea to use some insect repellent before hiking). The grounds are home to a wide variety of wildlife. You can get trail maps without extra charge at the Visitor Center or look at one on their website. Trail fees: $3/person, $1.50 for seniors, $1.50 for children and free for members of National Audubon Society and friends of the Sharon Audubon Center.



Downtown Sharon Valley





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Routes through Sharon
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