Top 20 Things We LOVE About Oxford, CT

Step into the picturesque town of Oxford, Connecticut, nestled amidst scenic landscapes and rich historical charm. Oxford isn't just a place; it's an experience waiting to be explored. Whether you're relocating to this vibrant community or seeking out new adventures, Oxford promises a plethora of delights. Join us as we unveil 20 captivating activities that showcase the essence and allure of this remarkable town.

Quarry Walk 

The Quarry Walk is a newly build plaza that is a one stop for everything you will need. It has amazing walking trails, dining from fast food to fine dining, wonderful boutiques, hair and nail salons, a great new daycare, Market 32 for groceries and so much more. 

Quarry Coffee Located at the Quarry Walk, Quarry Coffee deserves its own mention – this local coffee shop has great coffee, breakfast foods and lunch with a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to hang out all day.

Southford Falls

This State Park covers 126 acres on the Oxford/Southbury border with bubbling waterfalls, hiking trails, fishing, a fire tower, and a quintessential covered bridge over Eight Mile Brook. It is a great place for family photos, hiking with the dogs or getting out on opening day to catch a trout in the brook.

Rich’s Ice Cream

If you take one thing from this list it is that you must try Rich’s Ice Cream. The Rich’s are local to Oxford and have been running the farm since 1994. The ice cream is made daily on the farm using only the highest quality ingredients and it shows!

Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary

600 acres of town-owned acres with 15 miles of trails that are well constantly being developed and maintained for the purpose of hiking and Mountain Biking.

Larkin state Bridle Trail

Stretching across four towns, this 10.3-mile-long linear trail combines enough remarkable history, geography, and aesthetic beauty to rate its 110 acres as one of the biggest and prettiest parks in Connecticut’s system. Originally designated as a trail for horses, for which it is still popular, Larkin’s ten miles now also serve walkers, joggers, bikers, and hikers.

Kirk’s Pond

The community pond is located at town hall and is an iconic part of Oxford. Great place for the kids to ice skate in the winter and fish in the summer. Fishing is only available for kids under 15.

Jackson’s Cove

Located on Lake Zoar, this park offers a quiet beach with a large pavilion, boat ramp and 27 acres of woodland trails. Oxford residents have beach and park access with a permit for $20 or $50 for boat access. In the summer there is a concert series on Thursday nights.

Lake Zoar

With access to the lake through Jackson’s cove, this 10-mile reservoir is a great addition to the town. Providing amazing views from various parts of Oxford. Great for boating, watersports and fishing.

Oxford Greens

Founded in 2005, Oxford Greens is the newest course in Connecticut. With Luxurious greens that roll true and fast the course is top ranked public course. The clubhouse features dining options and a virtual golf set up.

Lily Park

This wonderful playground was named in honor of a local little girl who died too young, the beautiful tribute consists of two playscapes – one for children ages 2-5 and the second for ages 5-12. There are also picnic tables, swings, and a music space. It is located close to the Elementary, Center and Middles schools. 90 percent of the playground was constructed of recycled materials and is ADA compliant.

Ryan's Courts

Also located close to the k-8 schools, these tennis courses are available 7 days a week until 10 pm during regular season (March 15th- November 15th). Timed lighting is available.

Gazy Brothers Farm

Established in 1918, Gazy Brothers is on its fourth generation of farming on the 80-acre farm. Gazy provides CSA’s locally, are always selling at their roadside stand on 67 and attending farmers markets and selling flowers for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Oxford High School

The High School is newer (built in 2013) and provides a great school for nearly 600 students. It also provides a track and field when school is not in session and the pool is open to the public and provides swim lessons.

Oxford K-8 Schools

One of the great features of Oxford is that the schools K through 8 are located right next to each other – there are three school: Great Oak Elementary (k-2), Quaker Farms School (3-5) and Oxford Middle School (6-8).

Oxford Public Library

The Oxford Library was opened in 2018 and is located with the K-8 schools. It is a beautiful facility with a full calendar of programs designed for a multitude of age groups.

Black Hog

A family run Brewery, Black Hog is a wonderful addition to the Oxford Community. Located right on the Larkin State Bridle Path, you can access by car or bike or walk the trail and stop in for a cold beer. They have trivia, live music and food trucks frequently and host family friendly events that are always a hit.

Kettletown State Park

Although Kettletown is in Southbury, this state park is a noteworthy addition to the area. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Zoar with 605 acres of park featuring hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, and camping.

Schreiber's Farm

Established in 1991, Schreiber’s Farm provides Hayrides, horseback riding and fun seasonal events. They also have fresh local honey.

Bedson’s Brewing

Another one that is not located in Oxford but definitely worth the mention – named safter all the towns of the Valley this brewery provides great atmosphere, wonderful beer, and serves one of the best pizzeria’s in the area (Roseland’s Apizza).

Embark on a journey of exploring all of these exciting destinations with Realtor Kelsey O’Connor. Follow her adventures on Instagram @Kelsey.Vanderblue.

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