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4. The Mountain Laurel Tunnel

In five minutes you will enter the mountain laurel tunnel that wends its way through the forest adjacent to a babbling brook. Mountain Laurel, a large evergreen shrub with shiny leaves is Connecticut's state flower that blooms in mid.-June to early July. This hardy evergreen edges much of the red and yellow trail as well as parts of the white and blue trail. The much smaller evergreen also found along the trail is called Sheep Laurel and can be identified by its dull green linear leaves. Sheep Laurel has dark pink flowers that are a little smaller than the magnificent delicate pink blossoms of Mountain Laurel.