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 7 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!

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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. This extensive trail system is maintained in cooperation with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, which provides volunteer assistance.

This trail has everything...rocks, roots, hills, a fern forest, tons of mushrooms, a beautiful pond... a hidden treasure. Don’t miss it!

We went today prepared to do this 7 mile loop, but found a much more difficult 9+ mile version of this hike that doesn't seem to be on this app. We started on the trailhead almost directly across from the picnic/parking area...and then chose the left hand fork to follow the blue/orange 'Ridge Trail.' This path proved to be a very challenging ascent of close to 1000 feet and ran for miles along the mountain ridge line before descending to rejoin the Breakneck pond loop for the return. I would classify the Ridge Trail at the most difficult end of moderate. The footing is rocky and uneven and parts were muddy and extremely steep for good stretches. Not a place for dogs/biking/running, etc. Very interesting log crossings and bridges at points. Simply a gorgeous and challenging hike, although several areas were plagued by horse flies. Note: although the trail is fairly well marked, there were multiple spots where we lost the trail a bit. Having this app with you and open is CRITICAL, but trust the app and you'll make it. (Quick backtracks allowed us to to reacquire the trail quickly.) Paper maps are readily available at the parking area.The second half which followed the pond edge back to the trail head was less challenging but still moderate with spots that were closer to rock climbing. (There is an ATV run here that is an easier walk for awhile if you choose.) We found great spots to stop for lunch including a few campsites but saw no people the entire 3.5 hours we were hiking save for two people fishing on the pond. (They were very surprised to see us.) The parking area has porta John's and picnic tables and a beautiful lakeside view. This trail is a great challenge and so remote and peaceful. It is our new favorite.

Beautiful trail, rocky at times but you get a nice view of the lake. I completed this trial in 3 hours. Bring a bug spray!!!!!

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1 month ago

Nice easy loop, but can’t go too fast due to lots of roots and stone. Would go again, has nice pond and forest views. Well marked and not too buggy.

Lovely trail but DO NOT do it backwards like we did. We always like to end at lakes so we did the trail backwards and it is much more difficult then if we had just gone the lake way first. When you do it backwards I would say the level goes from moderate to difficult as your going up all the vertical inclines. Also there is a part of the trail pretty close to the start where it is very confusingly marked and it took us quite a while to figure it out. It’s where you go over a muddy patch on a bridge and the marker indicates you go straight up a hill but really you need to go to a hard right. Also my sisters Fitbit told her it was more like a 7 mile hike (It was 8 but I took into account the mile we walked getting turned around.

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2 months ago

Awesome trails - but VERY buggy!!!

Walk near, through and around spectacular glacial erratics!

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rocky
2 months ago

This was a fantastic hike with my 2 dogs. The pond is beautiful with plenty of spots for my dogs to swim out and back. Lots of ferns and wildflowers. Saw a great blue heron. Very quiet and peaceful. The trail is marked by a yellow/orange line. Well marked trail virtually impossible to get lost. Wear waterproof shoes as there are some very wet patches and your feet can get soaked. I walk a lot but this 1.6 mile hike kicked my butt. Took about 2 hours to complete. Very rocky on the first half of the trail and you will get some real cardio in! This is a great trail to break up the monotony of my daily walks. Plenty of places to stop for a break and have a picnic or rest.

Didn’t see any bears

Beautiful trail. More like 8 miles

Great day some muddy spots and some bugs but no rain!!!!

3 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
3 months ago

best trail

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rocky
3 months ago

Awesome hike! Has little bit of everything. Ridge line, brooks, glacier rocks, ponds and marsh.

What a great trail to hike. More like 7 miles from the parking lot. The wife and I enjoyed this hike with great views of the lake all along the trail. We even saw a couple of springtime water falls! Good workout as well. West side of the lake makes you feel like your up in Maine.

My wife and I really enjoyed this trail. It has a little bit of everything on it. Hills, rocks, streams, lake and was not muddy (April). Look forward to coming back and trying some of the other trails. MidnightRambler

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rocky
4 months ago

Starts off slow and easy on gravel road but 2 miles in gets a bit more rugged. Some great scenery and terrain. This is one of my favorites so far.

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4 months ago

Wonderful day & all conditions to be expected given season.

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4 months ago

Trail was good. Keep your head up, some of the trail markers are hard to see. We went March 26, 2019. There was ice/snow of most of the trail which made it hard to walk. I suggest investing in hiking crampons if you want to do it this time of year.

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6 months ago

It was okay

Enjoyed my first run of 2019 here and I was not disappointed. What a wonderful trail. There were lots of hikers at the parking lot but the trail system is big enough that I wasn’t bothered by anyone. The trail was well marked and I would say on the tougher side of moderate. There were water crossings, steep inclines and declines, nice views, an amazing lake, overall a great trail. There were a few technical areas where as a trail runner you will have to slow down to navigate and the rocks are extremely slippery. Probably the time of year, but be careful. I will definitely be coming back here. Maybe I’ll bring the fam next time and do some fishing. Great park. Happy running, Ultra Ryan

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