Lilinonah Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Lilinonah Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newtown, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles 1213 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking


trail running

cross country skiing








The Lillinonah Trail is a 5.9-mile (9.5 km) Blue-Blazed hiking trail "system" in the lower Housatonic River valley in Fairfield County and, today, is entirely in Newtown. Most of the trail is in the upper block of Paugussett State Forest. The western section of the Lillinonah Trail parallels Pond Brook on high eastern bank running south to north. The northern Lillinonah trail section follows the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah from west to east but turns inland to the southeast before the junction of the Housatonic River with the Shepaug River. Inland the trail traverses a hill to a high point of 480 feet and descends south-east until it reaches the western bank of the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah. The eastern section of the trail follows the western bank of the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah until just before a point on the shore to which is anchored a line of buoys to the Shepaug Dam at the southern end of Lake Lillinonah. The southern section of the Lillinonah Trail begins at the Paugussett State Forest parking lot at the end of Echo Valley Road. After skirting a private property lot it generally travel north and west along the Paugussett State Forest upper block boundary.

15 days ago

I absolutely love this loop and use it for training for other more serious hikes. It's a great mix of terrain, some lovely views.

4 months ago

Excellent trail on the outer loop with some great challenges. Conflicting info about dogs on/off leash. Saw one sign say "on" yet another said "in control". The information in the app leads me to believe that off leash is fine. That said, it's an awesome trail to bring your dog.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Took my son and did a combination hike and geocaching. Many geocache searches along the way. Moderate hike with ups and downs.

7 months ago

Overall, this was a good hike. We got a good work out despite the fact that there aren't any huge elevation gains, but there are abundant ups and downs. There were many stream crossings, so make sure you have a good pair of waterproof hiking boots on. The picturesque Housatonic River looms in the background through the forest, offering the occasional cool summer breeze.

10 months ago

Fun hike with great terrain. The 3.1 miles of the trail that runs along side the lake is great and offers best views and biggest elevation changes. That section is closed until March 15 ( sign posted). Overall nice hike!

trail running
1 year ago

We did two loops while running the blue blaze loop trail, which totaled approx. 12mi. This is a technical single track trail that is loops and hugs lake Lilinonah for approx 3mi. The trail is ideal for seasoned hikers and experienced trail-runners due its distance and rough terrain in some parts. The full loop offers approx. 900ft of elevation gain and 3 good hill climbs. The trail does intersect with sections freq. used by Mtn. bikers and crosses some yellow blazed trails.