Spend a day exploring this trio of Tolland nature reserves

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The bottom line: The three reserves include hikes through deep forest and valleys with scenic views from a cliff top and rocky outcrop, a 15-acre bog and beautiful pond surrounded by white pines, and a plot with a historic and well-preserved cellar hole.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate. The ascent to Campbell’s Lookout is a bit difficult and rugged. Most of the trails are easy to navigate and fairly flat at Stoppleworth and Knofla.

Total mileage: 2.6 miles of trails at Knofla; 1½ mile to Campbell; and 1.2 miles to Stoppleworth.

directions: Take exit 67 from I-84 and follow Route 31 towards Rockville. Turn right on Route 30. Turn left on Crystal Lake Road, then right on Hunter Road. The parcel is directly across from 376 Hunter Road. There is also parking on Bakos Road next to Hunter Road and further north along Hunter Road for Stoppleworth. For reserve maps, go to tolland.org/open-space-hiking-trail.

Accepted animals ? Dogs on a leash are allowed.

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New England Motorcycle Museum

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Camille’s wood-fired pizza

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