As one of the smallest states, it’s easy to take in all of Connecticut’s beauty as well as curiosities on a day trip when the weather is nice, and you get the urge to explore. My family has traversed Route 66 in Connecticut many a time throughout the years to visit the girls out at college, but it was just this past weekend I wanted to stop to enjoy photographing two favorite painted rocks, Eagle Rock and Turtle Rock alongside the road.
The New England weather was perfect for a daycation Sunday drive, and my husband and I were on our way to visit the newly reopened Comstock Covered Bridge in East Hampton. While both of these painted rocks aren’t off the beaten path, they were along our way.
Connecticut Painted Rocks
You can’t help but not see Eagle Rock when out for a drive on Route 66 in the Central part of Connecticut. Located in the Town of Hebron, Connecticut, this formation is on the left if you’re headed East towards Willimantic (home to Eastern Connecticut State University), or on the right, if you’re headed West towards Middletown (home to Weslyan University) and the Arrigoni Bridge in Portland.
Another bit of local information – the swing Railroad Bridge crossing the Connecticut River, which can be seen from the Arrigoni Bridge between Portland and Middletown, is where the Billy Joel tour filmed the music video for “River of Dreams” in 1993.
During the winter months, you can also check out real Bald Eagles that have taken to nesting in the state during the annual Eagle Festival held along the Connecticut River!
Continuing along State Highway 66 in the Town of Marlborough is Turtle Rock. This painted Turtle Rock is also often referred to as Lizard Rock, or Snake Rock. It’s identified by its multi-colors, and has feet or claws that are painted on different rocks. Turtle Rock is located on the right headed East on Route 66 towards Willimantic or if headed West, it would be on the left. It’s a short distance off Route 2, Exit 13.
There’s also another painted rock curiosity called Frog Rock, located on the old Route 44 as it approaches Pomfret and Eastford, Connecticut. I’ve passed it several times when I headed out to the Quite Corner of Connecticut when I was a Brand Ambassador for the Connecticut Chevy Girl campaign, but sadly forgot to take a photo of it! There’s also another painted rock of Sparky, the Montville Fire Department’s mascot dog.
If you visit Connecticut or you’re looking to take an interesting staycation or family day trip with the kids or grandchildren, check out these local Connecticut curiosities!
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