Explore the most popular trails in Eagle Landing State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Activities: Bird Watching, Car-top Boating, Picnicking Services: Fishing Pier, Access to Connecticut River

10 days ago

Fun for the whole family!

bridge out
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

Gillette Castle was beautiful and so were the views from it. The trails on the other hand were not well marked. This is not a loop and they should stop advertising as such. Some trails closed do to decayed bridges which is really sad. I gave it a five because I enjoyed the Castle the rest (trails) you can skip nothing much to see.


easy, beautiful view.

5 months ago

Beautiful place

8 months ago

7-18, This trail map was not clear to follow. The trail was also not marked or maintained very well. Gillette’s castle itself was beautiful and I’m very happy we went. The views of the water were great. Took us a little over 45 mins

10 months ago

Little spiderweb of trails, Take a picture of the trail map to help yourself out. Pleasant walk in the woods and the beginnings of some nice fall colors.

nature trips
11 months ago

unique castle. little trails around the castle grounds. took dog but can't go in castle. food really good/fresh and can sit inside/outside. only complaint which became significant was the amount wasps everywhere. very aggressive, especially around food areas. we bought food and jumped in our car to eat. certain trails have steep steps, others are just incline/decline.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The trail itself was lovely! We used a photo of the map to navigate the trails. The trails were poorly marked, so many times we had to guess where we were and bushwhack until we crossed the trail. We enjoyed the railroad trail the most, but combined it with the "regular" trail. (see my Recording) Overall, it was a lovely park to hike in and well kept. I'd hike here again!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hiked this trail yesterday (7-17-2018) and a year ago as well. Trail is very poorly marked and the map is not useful. Yesterday there were lots of bees, some were marked. Went over one large fallen tree and there was a hive in the tree (not marked) that I din not see until half over the tree. Got stung! would be a great trail for a Scout troop to take on and provide better trail markings and a better map! Trail is very nice and not difficult but definitely needs to be better marked!

nature trips
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Not really a hike but more or less a woodland walking trail next to a fully operational historical site... gift shop ,icecream and restrooms next to the castle. You can take a tour for $6 per adult for the castle portion (worth it) or watch a free little movie near with admission area. Pretty neat in all honesty. Awesome views of the water along the outside of the castle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

easy trail. good views. the castle was closed when we went.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Great view of the river below when the leaves are gone.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Great day!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Cool place

Friday, June 30, 2017

Gillette Castle state park is a nice place to visit and hike. You can tour the Castle home then hike the trails. Well worth seeing the building. Our hike followed the personnel mini railroad that Gillette built, he was an actor who made big money in the early 1900's. There are many trails on the property, some go down to the CT river, others follow the old RR bed and others wind around the property. I always like following the RR bed trail. To each there own. Oh yes, the views from the Castle are amazing of the CT river and beyond! Well worth it for this alone. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

We came the week before the museum and castle were open for the summer, so I can't speak to those, but the trails were sub par. They mostly just intersect across a small section of woods. There's a good view of the river and the castle is cool on the outside. I wouldn't recommend here for the hiking.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Really easy and had a great view.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful view, lovely place to go see, but it's not so much of a hike, when you drive up you see the building right away it wasn't as exciting to just see it and walk away

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful area. A bit spooky near the castle. Very enchanting.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fun little area, trails are easy for kids and newbies.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Fun place to hang out

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Such a fun day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Short, easy trails that are usually full of people and children. The trails in the woods are not well marked. When I feel like a quick stroll it's nice with some lovely views. But it's not great when my dogs and I have serious energy to burn, or when I don't feel like company.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Easy family hike. Short trails. Trails aren't marked very well and there are several off shoots that aren't marked. Nice views of the CT River from the castle.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nice, very short hike down to the Connecticut River and back up. Very simple hike. The castle has amazing views of the river

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