Ross Marsh Pond is a 0.7 mile out and back trail located near Killingly, CT that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
This review is not for the 0.7 mile there-and-back trail, but for the trail around the entire pond. Moderate to steep terrain when hiking around the pond. Would be a five star review but there was a lot of trash on the trail, and the markings were confusing. Maps on site only show a blue trail, and I called the CT Forest Park and Association to explain that the maps should show all the trails. Apparently, the trails are maintained by different organizations. Anyway, when hiking the trail from the parking lot north of Ross Pond, go right to the blue trail to go up the steep terrain and see the pond. Beautiful views. At the end of the pond, there are white trail markers and orange as well, to the best of my recollection. Follow these (sometimes hard to see) to hug the pond for a very flat walk back to the northernmost lot.
If you hike around the entire pond it's a pretty nice hike, especially seeing the water through the trees and through some openings. The actual cliff is beautiful during the fall.
It's a big druggy hangout it's where the local teens go to take drugs.
It's an alright hike. Closest thing people in that area have to real hiking. Takes maybe 10 minutes to get to the top of that.
Relatively easy hike, getting up the cliff itself is not bad at all. The main trail has a gradual incline. The views from the top are really amazing, especially in fall. The rest of the hike is pretty average however with less than perfectly marked trails and not a whole lot to see but pleasant and clean.
Can be either a trail walk, mountain bike ride, or canoe or kayak. Nice flat water pond peaceful, but divided by the highway at one end. There is an overpass tunnel you can venture through to get to other section of pond. The trail passes up to some nice cliffs and the trail continues to the Old Furnace park in Killingly CT.