Trout Brook Valley Preserve is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Easton, CT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
A crown jewel, Trout Brook Valley was snatched from the jaws of developers by concerted citizen action and will now be preserved forever as open space. A largely pristine space, the Valley has over 20 miles of trails, ranging from easy to difficult A crown jewel, Trout Brook Valley was snatched from the jaws of developers by concerted citizen action and will now be preserved forever as open space. A largely pristine space, the Valley has over 20 miles of trails, ranging from easy to difficult. The trails take the hiker past dramatic displays of New England nature at its best, scenic overlooks, and lush Apple and Blueberry orchards. In general, the trails slope upward, sometimes sharply, from the Weston entrance to the Easton entrance off Route 58. Some trails are designed for equestrian use. Several trails are linked to the extensive trail systems in the adjoining Jump Hill and Crow Hill Preserves which combined equal 1,009 acres. Also nearby is the Saugatuck Valley Trail on Aquarian Water Company land.(http://www.aquarion.com/pdfs/SaugatuckValleyTrail.pdf). Hunting in Trout Brook Valley is permitted in limited areas in season by permit only. Maps available at all preserve parking area. Historical Note: Hikers can enjoy a beautiful vista of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the Purple Popp Mountain trail (at #29 on map) in the Weston Portion of Trout Brook Valley. The Reservoir was created in 1945, when the river was dammed just north of Devils Glen. What can't be seen is the small village of Valley Forge that now lies 100 feet or so beneath the surface of the Reservoir which was flooded by Bridgeport Hydraulic Company and chronicled in the book, Village of the Dammed, by James Lomuscio. This is a great book about the local history of this lost village.
Great and fun
Great nature outing. Walked the blue trail. Next time, Planning on hiking the red trail
The red trail and then the purple trail to Popp Mountain is a good trail to get considerable elevation with moderate difficulty and get a good view. Maps are available at the Bradley Road entrance.
Nice variety of trails. We hike this with the kids. In the past I mountain biked here and it's a great quick midweek workout. The trails are rocky and moss covered with lots of roots for a technical challenge. Other areas are wide open.
From a trail running standpoint, this is a defined and clearly marked trail for the most part. There are a few rocky sections that will slow your pace a little, but overall it's clean running course with minimal elevation gains.