Green Circle Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Washington Depot, CT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Steep Rock Preservation's Green Circle trail is a 3.0 mile out and back / loop trail shaped like a tear drop that is good for walking & hiking in Washington Depot, CT. Steep Rock Preservation's Green Circle trail (so called because the blaze is a green circle) is a 3.0 out and back / loop trail that generally follows the banks of the Shepaug River in Washington Depot, CT. The trail begins in a former rail bed, which follows the river for approximately 1.0 mile. The trail then becomes more strenuous and horses are no longer allowed. The trail loops back on itself and returns to its original starting point.
Neat neat trail for families and kids a little of everything to keep them entertained. The old railway stone picked tunnel was AWESOME interesting definitely make sure you check that out suspension bridges are always fun and the summit cool too. I really liked the variety of this trail and trail system. Great smell the forest and meander type trail hike.
I loved this trail! It is very family/dog friendly. Pretty flat but also gradual incline on beds of pine needles! Beautiful. The summit was a bit more rocky and steep but a great view.
Great trails for kids. mostly easy with an adventurous hiking section. great views and areas of interesr
Awesome hike, has a bit if everything, a Summit, suspension bridge, and tunnel! We loved it. Very beaten path lots of dogs even horses! Highly recommended
I had a great time with this trail. Lots to see, not too difficult but still got a good deal of exercise.
Great hike, the green circle got a lil rough for the kids when the terrain got a bit tough but we managed. We thought out of the box and crossed the river to pick up the yellow circle/blue square trail to go to the tunnel which is amazing and a great landmark/photo op. (If you stay on the green circle you won't see the tunnel). Stayed on the yellow circle back to the parking lot it was much easier for the kids it's basically a dirt road. Will def be back!
Beautiful easy hike, loved the tunnel and took our shoes off to cross through the river which was a lot of fun and a great way to cool off. Went on the weekend, parking lot was busy but found a parking spot. We saw baby bobcats on the way there!
I just fell in love with this place! I did all of the yellow dot trail, walked the blue square trail to the tunnel and then took the orange square loop. It was a lot of walking but it was beautiful! I will definitely go back.
Did the Green Circle Trail and the Pinney Loop, but completely missed the tunnel. I guess we'll just have to go back!
Nice trail by the river. Lots of people on the weekends. I recommend this for full moon night hikes to the pinnical in the fall after the leaves drop.
Hiking, biking, trail running... Whatever! Beautiful trails with all the amenities!
I have walked part of this trail in the past, but had never stayed on it for its entire length. This trail begins on a railroad bed. That part of the trail is great if you are walking because it is flat and wide. Once it crosses a small foot bridge over a brook feeding the Shepaug River, the trail changes and can be rather treacherous at points only to flatten out again. The loop is something to be careful of. I took the left hand side of the loop, but confess I did not even see where it connected. When I came back, I wound up re-tracing my steps for almost 2/3 of a mile until I recognized that I was treading where I had already tread (the foot bridge across the Shepaug River was the landmark that made me realize my error). Upon returning, I looked for the connection to the other part of the loop. It comes back into the part I was on at an angle making the other part of the trail invisible. Incidentally, this also pointed out an error I made in the same spot when not taking the entire loop a few weeks ago. There are no signs to note that the trail goes both ways and the most visible blaze will push you back into the loop.
As I put in my track of the trail (which also shows my errors), my best advice is to bring a compass. The Green Circle and Steep Rock Loop (Yellow Circle) trails share the same trail for a short period. Once the Green Circle trail splits from the Steep Rock Loop trail, pull out your compass. When you see the river again, you will most likely be facing south. Look behind you for the return trip to the trail head.