Macedonia Brook State Park is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kent, CT that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This park is also a campground with enough space between campsites to give privacy. Camping is in designated space only and off-trail.
This trail (Blue Trail)falls into the category of being one of the best hikes I have done this year. Most of the well marked trail was easy to moderate. Good cardio in several places. And then as you neared the top, the hard part kicked in. The leaf covered rocks were steep, wet and very slippery. It required scrambling with a touch of rock climbing in places. As Sierra F. mentioned, It is not a pet or child friendly area. The surrounding views from the vista were worth the climb. My grandson and I were fortunate to catch the waning days of fall color on this hike. The blue blazes are plentiful but very faded in many places. Enjoyed the hike and put it on my do again list for next year.
A beautiful hike to do on a colorful fall day and I definitely got a good workout in! Can't wait to come back again. However, not with a dog - this hike is not small child or large dog friendly (in my opinion) I did the entire blue trail from the east side of the parking lot (counter clockwise) with my dog. Everything was perfect until I got to a boulder that I couldn't get my dog over. She's 90lbs so I couldn't carry her over, so I had to make my own trail to the top. Going down was very difficult as well, to get my dog over the boulders on the way down Besides those small obstacles, this is one of the top 5 hikes in CT in terms of view and ...it's a loop trails! Love the loops:)
we did almost half of it: O-G-B. Overall, it was nice. three look-out which were ok, didn't see any other hikers on the trail, had to climb pretty steep rocks on track G. very easy to follow the trail.
Great views loved the hike.
Wow what a hike is all I can say....some areas straight ledge with climb after climb but getting on top of cobble mountain....wow!!!
Really nice hike, great views on top of Cobble Mountain, however reeeally steep going up/down the mountain.
I did the blue blaze trail at the begin of the park!! It was tough at times but loved the views when on top it joined with the white trail going down was tougher straight rock wall!!! Beautiful and quiet!! Perfect place!! Will be back!!!
Hiked to a Scenic Vista as part of the Skys the limit challenge. Great hike lots of up hill climb. Hit up a few geocaches and really enjoyed the trail (white) Going to head back here some time and explore more.
It was a very nice hike. I'll be back for another hike, in another season
This is one of my top ten hikes in CT. No matter the season it is beautiful and challenging. We picked a beautiful day with very little snow to train a little with my new boots and a 35 lb pack. This trail, once again, did not disappoint. The counterclockwise route is my favorite direction as you get the ridge views to NY and MA at the end. A just reward for the effort!
Good as long as stay on blue trail or easy to get lost
Very peaceful, and challenging.
Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful! The blue trail is very well marked and easy to follow if you want to do the entire 7mi loop. (If it gets to be too much for you, there are cut-off trails that lead back to the main access road.) Trails are narrow, but easy to follow.
We took the suggestion of hiking it counter-clockwise, and we're glad we did. I can't imagine going down that one scramble about two miles from the trail's end - up was much easier, especially with the dogs. The first half was definitely "in the woods" with no views, but the second half, where the terrain got a little rockier and more interesting, was well worth it. Took about 3.5 - 4 hours to complete the entire blue trail, stopping for pictures.
I took the blue trail from the main park road going West (clockwise) then cut back down once I got on to the orange trail. This was easily one of my favorite trails. Narrow but easily to follow and well marked trails. Beautiful views to the west which make it worth it.
Note: if going clockwise, the blue trail gets to a very steep portion where it may be difficult for some to go down. This could be why some choose to hike it going counter-clockwise.
Beautiful hike with great views from the top of Cobble Mountain, where we had to go for the CT DEEP Sky's the Limit Challenge. Definitely a workout for my husband, dog and myself but we think that we ended up off the intended trail, the blue trail is well marked and would use that trail on our next trip out here. Tried to take the orange & white trails and lost the markers on the way up to Cobble from the park office. Much easier finding the white trail on the way back down.. very beautiful view from the scenic overview.