Nehantic State Forest Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near East Lyme, CT that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The land is mostly covered with a second growth of hardwoods. There are a number of good trout streams in the forest. Paths are wide and generally easy to use. It is extremely quiet and there is a lot of wildlife the further into the forest you travel. The trail head and paths are unmarked, but clear. You can choose to follow the access roads, the horse trails, or the footpaths, all of which intersect and wind throughout the forest. There are many small creeks, waterfalls and some larger waterways that are great for small kids, dogs or other shallow-water activities. Much of the trails are clean and free from trash, with relatively few markers of people. A few access roads lead to the powerlines adjacent Hartman Park, and are fun to climb, and provide beautiful views, especially in the early summer and fall. The paths are best suited for casual hiking and beginner mountain biking, some rocky faces, downed trees and other features make it an interesting path. Dogs are allowed, technically only while on-leash, but there are many dogs who are not kept on leash. Horses, ATVs and off-road vehicles also frequent some of the wider access roads.
Is there a parking area? Following the directions from this site, we were brought to the middle of a road. No parking in sight. Following the compass on the record park, we walked on the road for a mile. Doing this for cub scouts so didn't think it was too safe.
not much past nature watching
Followed the forest road off Holmes Rd. Very easy walk.