Marked trails provide winter recreation opportunities for residents of West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

The Rockledge Golf Course is closed to golfers for the season, but the course is open for other purposes during the winter months.

Winter trails are now open for hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. And although dogs are allowed, West Hartford Animal Control has received complaints about the behavior of dogs and their owners.

“Unfortunately, we need to post dog guidelines at the Rockledge Country Club in town,” an article on the West Hartford Animal Control’s Facebook page last week declared.

The complaints have included reports of dogs off leash and rushing at other dogs and their owners, off leash dogs destroying greens and dog droppings left on the course. Officers have increased their patrols accordingly.

“Please be respectful of each other and the wildlife that use this course,” the post said. “Residents of West Hartford have the wonderful privilege of being able to use this course for outdoor fun in the winter. These rules are the same as those that apply to other parks and schoolyards in the city all year round.

The guidelines include:

  • Park only in the Rockledge Golf Club parking lot off South Main Street.

  • The trails are open from dawn to dusk daily.

  • The routes start and end at the Pro Shop. Don’t cut through the greens to reach the trails.

  • Stay on designated trails to avoid dangerous areas and prevent damage to greens and tees.

  • Bicycles, snowmobiles, ATVs and motorized vehicles of any kind ARE NOT PERMITTED.

  • Dog droppings should be bagged and removed from the area.

There are three marked trails: the yellow trail (0.6 mile), the red trail (1.6 mile); and the blue trail (2.2 miles). All three trails start and end at the golf store and are clearly marked with colored markers spaced 0.1 mile apart.

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