Zoar Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Zoar Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stevenson, CT that features a waterfall 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.

6.4 miles 1222 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

5 days ago

Good hike! Some spots got a little tricky to navigate because of the leaves.

25 days ago

great hike just windy.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice moderate, long hike. The falls were bone dry today which wasn't a big surprise. Only saw one other couple out in the woods (who caused me to have to second a previous reviewer's plea: leash your nasty aggressive dogs, people!!).

The trail is inconsistently blazed. There are sections where it's totally obvious where the trail is, and in those sections the blazes are abundant, and then in sections where unmarked trails intersect with the blue trail, or the trail makes a sharp turn and isn't easy to see, there are no blazes at all. My guesses as to where to go turned out to be correct luckily, but it would be nice if there was no guessing involved!

The loop took me just under 3 hours to complete and all in all, was a great hike. Not many bugs on this cool fall day.

2 months ago

2 months ago

loved this trail got lost but found my way around thanks to another hiker can't wait to do it again

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice easy afternoon hike. I think it would be better in the spring as the waterfall was completely dried up but it was still a fun trail that opened up to the water.

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike. not as challenging as some reviews stated would do it again hopefully after some heavy rain. the waterfall was pretty dry but would probably be beautiful after a good rain

hiking
3 months ago

I like this hike through the woods and along the river. I've done it on a frigid winter day and a rainy summer day, next I'll have to hit it up for the beautiful fall colors.

hiking
3 months ago

Decently buggy, defintly bring a map because there are some confusing forks. Along the water is a lot easier then the rocky hill side i would recommend starting on the rocky hill side so its easier on the way back.

hiking
3 months ago

First hiking experience, I'm 18 and in pretty good shape but this was tough, we hiked the entire route.
The hill side that's all twisty is very tough, but the river side is not too hard, I would suggest if you feel confident in completing the entire hike then start on the hill side so you can go easy at the end, but if you aren't in the best shape or don't have 4-5 hours then start on the river side so you can turn around at the waterfall.
It's not too buggy and the trails are well marked, but make sure you bring a map or your phone, we got lost a few times and had to back track.
The river was beautiful but the waterfall was dried up, lots of cool mushrooms, we saw around 5 people on the trail on the water side, but it was empty on the hill side probably because it was so strenuous, very steep climbs but it was fun.
Gave the route a 5/5 because I didn't have any complaints about it, it was just tough so prepared to spent around 4 hours on this one :))

hiking
3 months ago

The scenery is beautiful, but its so buggy. Bring bug spray for sure. Also I don't see how the loop could take three hours. We hiked for 3 hours and didn't even make it to the waterfall.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

It was a nice hike not too flat and not too crazy. My wife and I walked to the 'waterfall' which was basically a trickle today but I imagine in the spring it's nice. We go hiking at sleeping giant often and this was more strenuous than the main trail there. All in all a good hike.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great trail that gives you many views and not to hard so you can enjoy the scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a beautiful spot and a nice hike. Definitely moderate with inclines and declines as well as some very rocky spots. We are experienced hikers so this wasn't an issue, but given others comments, this definitely is not an easy hike. Only did the blue trail to the falls so can't comment on the rest of the trail.

6 months ago

great trail. not sure about the easy rating... but then again maybe I'm just really out of shape ...

hiking
6 months ago

How is this listed "easy" today? It was ranked "moderate" yesterday. Moderate leaning towards strenuous if you aren't conditioned would be more accurate.

Fun trail, but be prepared for rock scrambles, hopping river stones, and a lot of up/down portions in the terrain. Left side of the map was not well-blazed. The lake is beautiful and the waterfall is quite lovely. The trail can be tricky once you pass the falls. A little buggy on the left side.

All in all, a very satisfying hike. Just be prepared to "work for it" if you hit the left side.

Side note: Those of you sneaking in to drink by campfires at night REALLY need to learn to carry out your empties. Seriously folks. If you can trek in with them full, you can trek out with the empties. Your trash is an eyesore.

hiking
6 months ago

This thing is showing 7 miles @ 2:44 but it was more like 8 miles at 3:30. Def not an easy hike. If you take the loop be prepared for lots of steep hills and your views end as soon as you leave the waterfalls 2 miles in, after that it's just woods and mosquitos ; )