Salmon River Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Salmon River Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colchester, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.4 miles 772 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


whitewater kayaking







wild flowers




The Salmon River Trail is primarily used for hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and in the winter, snowshoeing. Portions of the trail are suitable for, and are used for, cross-country skiing and geocaching. Site-specific activities enjoyed along the route include bird watching, hunting (very limited), fishing, horseback riding, bouldering and rock climbing (limited). The mainline trail is blazed with blue rectangles. Trail descriptions are available from a number of commercial and non-commercial sources, and a complete guidebook is published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Weather along the route is typical of Connecticut. Conditions on exposed ridge tops and summits may be harsher during cold or stormy weather.[2] Lightning is a hazard on exposed summits and ledges during thunderstorms. Snow is common in the winter and may necessitate the use of snowshoes. Ice can form on exposed ledges and summits, making hiking dangerous without special equipment. Biting insects can be bothersome during warm weather. Parasitic deer ticks (which are known to carry Lyme disease) are a potential hazard. Wearing bright orange clothing during the hunting season (Fall through December) is recommended.

4 days ago

Loved this trail

11 days ago

I love it

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3 months ago

Great trail

4 months ago

Nice hike with nice views of the Salmon River at the beginning. Good for trail running.

5 months ago

very nice trail, clearly marked. Our app clocked us at 7.2 miles by the time we finished rather than the 5 we were expecting.

5 months ago

We loved this trail. Added some of the North loop of salmon river trail in day pond state park, and the spur to day pond falls. Very well marked for a state trail. We ended up with just over 6 miles

6 months ago

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8 months ago

As mentioned in Emily Proctors review, the trail begins at the Comstock Covered Bridge. It's a nice walk along the Salmon River and then heads uphill into the wooded area. It is a pretty good cardio workout to the crest of the hill. This scenic trail brings you through woodlands, across babbling brooks, to the Day Pond Brook Falls and then onto Day Pond. There, you can have lunch as there are picnic tables and a sandy beach for swimming before finishing the hike. This hiker friendly trail is well marked. But just in case you get turned around, there are signs scattered throughout the trail that show your exact position. I look forward to doing this hike again in the warmer weather.

1 year ago

The trail begins at an awesome historic covered bridge. Eventually, you come upon a fantastic view of the river from atop the crest of the hill you have to climb. I didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked. Definitely coming back.