Know Before You Go
Don’t use a GPS to find the trail entrance. You can put Shade Swamp into your GPS and it will get you to the area, but it won’t get you to the trail entrance. The trail entrance is off of Rt. 6 in Farmington CT. It is between Hyde Rd and New Britain Ave.
There is a small parking area. Next to the parking area there is the CCC wooden Shelter. You will see a wooden sign that says Shade Swamp Sanctuary Blue Trail. The trail is very narrow and a little overgrown. You can access it between the sign and the shelter straight back. It is a very easy walk to get to the abandoned cages. It will take less than 5 minutes. If you want to do the full blue trail it is confusing and has many side trails you can get lost on. The trail is about 1.3 miles. If you do decide to do the trail, once you get up the hill and come back around the bottom of the hill go back the path you came instead of going on the other path.
This is a swamp, so the best time to go is in the fall when the weather is a bit chilly and the mosquitos die off. If you go in the spring or summer the mosquitos reign supreme and you will be eaten alive.