Looking for a great trail in Cockaponset State Forest, Connecticut? AllTrails has 6 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 4 moderate trails in Cockaponset State Forest ranging from 2.7 to 9.3 miles and from 75 to 577 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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Enjoy a variety of activities in Connecticut's second largest state forest.

A truly great excursion out and back. Lots of roots and rocks and glacial cliffs and a degree of difficulty. Trail is well marked (blue blazes) with most fallen timber cleared away from trail for ease. Nice flowing stream at the end for your sawyer squeeze to refill water bottles...

1 month ago

My daughter and I did this trail and we loved it. Just the right amount of rock scramble to keep it interesting and a bit challenging without making it a white knuckle hike. I have lived in the area for my entire life why have I not done this trail! Some nice vistas, trail is nicely groomed and easy to follow with the blazes....get out there and have fun....!!!!!

2 months ago

Excellent wilderness trail with plenty of natural views. Thanks

Not really a loop, which threw me a little bit on this one. Trail is very well-marked and easy to follow with the blue blazes. I think I turned around barely before the southern end where it hits River Rd. Was waiting for the trail to take a turn and head back north, but it never did and I gave up on it happening. Trail had a nice amount of rocks thrown in for variety, although they were a bit slippery and I almost ate it twice. Mosquitoes were still out and so was the poison ivy...

Glorious start to the weekend - refreshing and inspiring!

Trailhead is across the street from the entrance to Chatfield Hollow State Park - you can park there or in the lot by the state park entrance. Beautiful rocks, fun, small, climbing spots — and vultures!! Well marked until the very end — if you follow the sign that says “rt 80 .5 miles” (which is what you should do if you parked on rt 80), there won’t be any trail markers on that half-mile, but you’ll eventually find your car ;)

Great hike on the lower blue blaze with the kids until they saw the vultures! Lots of awesome cliffs and rock formations.

Great trail through mixed forest with challenging boulders and buzzards Fun

8 months ago

great walk with my dog. beaitiful area,
i mostly stayed on main road.
which was easy.

9 months ago

Nice little loop around the water. We went on memorial day weekend and wasn't aware it's a state park so there were campers sprinkled along the trail near the end which we totally were not expecting to walk through some people's camp sites. I'm guessing this could be a possibility through out the summer season? aside from that enjoyable hike, places to stop and sit on some boulders long the way to enjoy the view of the water. Wear sensible shoes as theres lots of roots on the path and a couple stream crossings.

Hiked the beautiful Upper Chatfield Blue Blazed Trail including the Alternate, Blue and Orange trail from Route 80 to Coughlin Road and back. The trail is in excellent condition which is remarkable considering the devastating winter storms this year. There are a couple of blowdowns but they are easily navigated by going over, under or around the tree trunks. The trail is well marked but don't confuse this Connecticut Forest and Park Blue Blazed trail with the trails inside Chatfield Hollow State Park, which are also very nice. (I did see some reviews of those trails incorrectly posted here.) Love the ledges but keep a lookout for the Turkey Vultures, they are harmless but can startle you!

This is a very natural trail with many rocks and tree roots to watch for! We did have a couple spots where you have to cross the stream via rocks. We did not follow the trail as stated but started with the blue/red trail and switched to the yellow trail. This kept us close to the lake and ended at about 2.2 miles.

10 months ago

This is a very natural trail. There are many rocks and tree roots to watch for. There was also some parts you would have to cross the stream via rocks. We started following the blue/red trail which follows what All Trails has. Then on the far side of the lake we switched to the yellow trail which was closer to the lake but off the stated trail. It was a shorter hike of about 2.2 miles, but still very good!

As I walked the blue and blue/red marked trails, the day was cool, but good for a spring day. my first time here since the 70s, since my family and work kept me away from the area. But I very much enjoyed this day of 7.5 miles. My daily hikes are between 5 and 10 miles per day, as I rebuild myself after serious surgery two years ago. I very much had a good few hours here.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Awesome can walk really fast if u want to

Saturday, November 25, 2017

So long as you don’t mix up the trails...it is a nice scenic hike. We, however, entered at the “end” of the trail which was the mattabassett trail and ended up staying on that one as opposed to the pond trail. Our 1.5 mike hike turned into a four mile one...with our three kids rock climbing in parts. We ended up coming out onto a service road, hopping the fence and then walking along roadway to get back to trailhead.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quiet, very nice. Some places to have picnics if you want.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

We did way more than the 1.4 mile loop. Took the yellow blue trail out to the end. Was on a service road for a bit. Then took the blue trail around and back. There were steeps, rocky terrain , cliffs and boulders. But mostly a nice hike for intermediate hikers. Although I would recommend boots and not sneakers. But definitely doable.
We did 4.24 miles after working a 9 hour day. I was a bit tired to say the least after all was said and done.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great moderate hike. We kept on going for about 2 hours, not realizing how far in you can get. The views are quickly spectacular and on hot days, you can swim in the park across the way or just hike the shorter trails there!

trail running
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trail run or spot to walk the dogs!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entrance is shared with some sketchy looking house but once past the house the trails are open, wide but flat. Alot of horse manure on trails as well

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good stroll good veiws

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Easy trail, walked the white trail circle, plenty of fun but not the breathtaking views I have experienced from other local hikes.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Very pleasant first hike if 2017.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

It started off great on the blue trail along the lake but when I got to the rear of the lake the blue kept going further into the woods not looping, so thank God for the All trail GPS, you have to pick up the yellow trail then the red trail for the loop.Besides that it is a nice walk lots of solitude.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful. Trail is well marked. Fun hike.

Nice views once you get to the top of the ridge. You can see Hartford as well New York State.

mountain biking
Monday, April 16, 2012

I havn't hit all of the trails yet but I intend to. What I've seen so far is beautiful. The trails on the North side by Turkey Hill Reservoir and between Filley Rd and Beaver Meadow Rd can be fast and fun. The mix of some loose stone and fallen trees on hard packed single track with decent grades can provide a great work out. The trails are generally short and don't seem to be any more than a few miles at most between roads.

I've only ridden on one trail by Pattaconk Reservoir. The challenge on this trail was completely and utterly rocks. It's possible to navigate through many of the rocks but there are places where only the highly skilled can pass without walking. A few small streams require dismount. I did not map this trail but I'll try in the future as long as my iPhone doesn't give out.

Chester biker

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