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McLean Game Refuge, Granby

The McLean Game Refuge is a 4400acre nature preserve with the overwhelming majority of the land being in the town of Granby, with smaller tracts of land on the Granby border in Simsbury and Canton, Connecticut. Senator and Governor of Connecticut, George P. McLean had purchased the land throughout his life. It was left to the McLean Fund upon his death in 1932 and remains open to the public today. In November 1973, 1800acres of the Refuge were designated a National Natural Landmark.
In 1903, after serving as governor, McLean returned to his family farm and began purchasing land. In 1905, he received a $3 million inheritance which he immediately put to work increasing his land which continued until his death. He became a Senator in 1911 and served three terms, during which he helped pass the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. He often brought political colleagues to visit the Refuge, including United States Presidents Coolidge, Taft and Hoover.
In 1912, McLean met Amos Everett George, a Pequot Indian who became the caretaker of his lands, building the trails and huts throughout the Refuge. George's two sons followed him as caretaker in turn.
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  • the path is ok a little hilly but dueable for someone who dosent exersie .... nice walk peaceful...... nice sceneary  more »
  • Great place to see birds and take a hike. All of the trails I hiked were flat and wide. Great to see so much water!  more »
  • Nice area to walk and very quite. They had indicators search different trails specifying different mile each trail was. Unfortunately none of the trails were color coded to the signs. So you didn't know which Trails you were taking through your walk
  • family loves it here. an excellent place to have loads of fun. walking trails are fantastic.

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