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Best Trails in Bigelow Hollow State Park

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Bigelow Hollow State Park is within the Nipmuck State Forest. There are three large ponds and miles of blazed trails accessible to non motorized vehicles. Marked trails lead from Bigelow Hollow to the Breakneck area. Hikers should be prepared to walk at least 6 miles to complete a loop around Breakneck. There are no marked trails to Briggs pond. This extensive trail system is maintained in cooperation with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, which provides volunteer assistance.

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
13 days ago

hiking

Hot but good hike.

on Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mash...
27 days ago

hiking

Great hike, but very buggy. Highly recommend bug spray and full coverage clothing.

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
2 months ago

backpacking

I started on the Ridge Trail but due to the heat I cut across some four wheeler paths (where the first sign with arrows is) and went down to do the Breakneck Pond loop. Did 7.2 miles total. Definitely a great hike and will do it again when the weather cools down. Sweat, hills and bugs are a bad combination lol

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
3 months ago

hiking

I hiked at Bigelow today (4/30/16) and made an approx. 10 mile loop. I parked at the lot at the north end of Bigelow Pond across from the 2nd Kiosk. I crossed the street and entered the white blaze path right behind the kiosk. A short way in the Blue/Orange Ridge Trail started and I took this trail. I followed it all the way to the northern tip of Breakneck Pond, then hiked down the west side of Breakneck using the blue/orange blazes (park of the loop trail that looks like it's blue on the maps). Once I got to the south end of Breakneck Pond I hiked south up the dirt/wood Breakneck Hill Rd, then the Lower Breakneck Hill Rd, and then the Mountain Rd to Park Rd and then the short White blazed section back to the the starting area. The map which can easily be found online will help this description make sense.

The Ridge Trail is great. Some awesome views. The trail along Breakneck Pond is also excellent. I have to say I put on a few pounds over the winter and might be a little de-conditioned but this hike kicked my arse (in a good way). Some challenging areas with great views, very remote, and just a great hike. An added plus was that although the bugs are starting to emerge, I didn't need to use any spray at all today and gnats were not an issue. Awesome day.

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
4 months ago

Very quiet trail when done early in the day.

on Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mash...
4 months ago

walking

Beautiful, easy loop on
edge of the water, with the option of a more difficult trail.

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
5 months ago

This trail was awesome! It was hard then easy the trail follows all around the lake and with deep woods and valleys!! Fantastic!!

on Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mash...
5 months ago

hiking

It was a great hike, everything was well marked and I would do it again.

on Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
10 months ago

hiking

Great fall hike. Did the roughly five mile trail - had some interesting elevation changes without being challenging.

on Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mash...
11 months ago

hiking

We parked at the northern end of Bigelow Pond and started our hike on the very well marked ridge trail. This trail was an interesting mix of rocky outcroppings and scenic woodlands. This trail is listed as a difficult trail but I would rate it as barely moderate. There were a few hills that got the heart pumping but that was about it. We followed the ridge trail to the northern end of Breakneck Pond and then took the Nipmuck trail down the east side of Breakneck Pond. This was a pretty easy trail but did get very narrow at times. There were areas where the path was very near the pond with a steep drop off. If you bring children, have them close to you on this trail. The Nipmuck trail was very scenic . I've uploaded a few photos. The combination of the two trails made for a 5 hour 8.5 mile hike.

on Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mash...
11 months ago

hiking

Going around Breakneck Pond will take 3 hours or so but worthwhile.