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#15 of 119 state parks in Connecticut

Best trails in Bigelow Hollow State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Bigelow Hollow State Park, Connecticut? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Bigelow Hollow State Park ranging from 4 to 16.7 miles and from 649 to 1,013 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Bigelow Hollow State Park is within the Nipmuck State Forest. There are three large ponds and miles of blazed trails accessible to non motorized vehicles. Marked trails lead from Bigelow Hollow to the Breakneck area. Hikers should be prepared to walk at least 6 miles to complete a loop around Breakneck. There are no marked trails to Briggs pond.

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Map of trails in Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Breakneck Pond Loop Trail
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#2 - Breakneck Ridge Loop
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
#3 - Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mashapaug Lake and Breakneck Pond
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
A sprawling state forest and park area that currently covers over 9000 acres and is located in Union, CT off of Route 171. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails the lakes and ponds. Hikers are reminded that there are only 2 loop trails to the west of the park road. Trails to the east of the park road DO NOT loop. Trails and roads run together in certain areas. Trail maps are located throughout the park.Show more
#4 - Mashapaug Pond View Trail (Blue/White Bar)
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Please note, as of June 2020, a large part of the trail is currently closed for forest thinning. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#5 - Bigelow Pond Loop
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 41 m
#6 - Mashapaug Pond View Trail
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A trail that has it all! The terrain in this trail is always changing, so is the foliage between the hemlocks, pines, deciduous trees, mountain laurel and more. This trail is not difficult however there are rocks and roots on the path. Once you get to the pond there are fire pits and picnic spots scattered throughout.Show more
#7 - Mashapaug Pond View Loop
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
#8 - Nipmuck Trail: Breakneck Pond to Perry Hill Road
Bigelow Hollow State Park
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 7 h 48 m