Explore the most popular hiking trails in Gay City 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.

Great little walk on a chilly and sunny winter afternoon. I shut off my all trails app by accident but it was easy to navigate the loops as there are maps and good blazing.

fun time. easier hike, short distance but this is a great place to hang out and enjoy nature

2 months ago

Nice walk! If you look close on your walk you find a tiny door along it! At the base of a tree

The falls are very nice! Very short hike to see a great pay off.

Great hike! Took my 3yr and wore my 1yr old accompanied by another family with the same aged kids. All of them loved the waterfall, little bridges, and different streams, rocks and ups and downs. Will be revisiting this place again.

Loved the waterfalls! Wear bug spray next time. Easy

Monday, November 27, 2017

Outer Loop Trail, 5 Miles Red blazed

This trail more-or-less rings the park and it’s about 5 miles. The northern half of the trail is pretty woodsy and the very northernest northern tip takes in a nice beaver pond. The southern half of the loop (south of the Gay City Trail) is the most remote area within the park and hits some nice stands of pine and hemlock as well as a few pond overlooks and stream crossings.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Nice hike.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Nice park and well kept trails. This was probably the busiest park I've visited in CT. The parking lot was full and I saw quite a few people on my way. I ended up taking the white trail to orange and continued along red until the end. At trail intersections there are maps locating where you are which I appreciated. Overall nice outing. I may go back with my dog.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nice trail, well groomed and marked. The trail is more easy than moderate in its rating.

it was a nice hike around ,some of the paths are not clearly marked ,but easy enough to find..i recommend the route, just towards the end follow the path to the road. didn't see any waterfalls except at the beginning not really visible. mainly woods and some streams

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gay City State Park is the place for us. Beautiful song birds, trails easily marked and water streams throughout the park on & 2 lakes.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

This place is good for beginners who want to get the taste of hardcore downhills when it comes to biking. This is not a very long trail but some patches are very rugged and rocky which will give u a feel of pure mountain biking.

mountain biking
Monday, September 26, 2016

This trail is really good if you want to hike or mountain bike. The difficulty is definitely moderate and the trail size is small. There are many rocky down hills but nothing crazy. Not for average bikes because the terrain is bumpy at places.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

This was a fabulous hike! Tons of choices, easy to follow trail maps at various points. Signposts state which trails are easiest. I loved that the red trail had some elevation and slightly more challenging areas.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

For an easy afternoon hike with several nice views of ponds and Brooks, this is a great trail.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This State Park offers so much for a family day. There is swimming, hiking, & fishing. There is also a nice picnic area and rec field. The trails we hiked were moderate to easy most of the time. We did the majority of the Red Trail and then ventured out on the Blue Trail, Shenipset trail that took us to Birch Mountain Road and across it where we entered another trail system. ( See my tracks) We extended the hike to just under 10 miles. The trails were very well marked and interesting to follow. There were hills, brooks, rivers and a small lake or two.The trails are clean and the scenery varying. It will make a most picturesque hike once the leaves are out.
See the photos for a map of the other trail system across Birch Mountain Road.

horseback riding
Friday, February 19, 2016

Beautiful but a bit rocky grateful pony had on trail boots

nature trips
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

One of my regular spots. There are so many places to stop. So peaceful. One of my favorite places is the large boulder and also to the left of the pond on the way in. The old stonework there is beautiful, and it is complimented by the brook next to it. There is a lot here to discover.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The red loop is a very pleasant relatively flat 6 or so miles.
It has some road, un paved road and some single track.
This morning we saw 2 owls in a nearby tree which was a nice treat.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

horse flies, horse flies, horse flies. sorry i have nothing more to add as my entire 5 mile hike was ruined by...you guessed it, horse flies.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

We started the day with the plan of hiking through Glacial boulders trail. Since it was hard for us to find the trail head, we got into Gay City State Park.! The park is such a beautiful place to spend a day. All the trails are well marked and we stuck to red trail. We walked for around 5.5 miles.. Glad We went there.!! :) :)

trail running
Thursday, December 18, 2014

There is so much more to this park than one day will show you. Get off the trails and explore. Good night mountain biking

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stuck to the red trail (5 miles). the map they give you at tue gate is just a sheet of paper printed in black amd white so it is a little difficult to figure out what tail starts where.
overall a nice, easy trail to kill some time in the afternoon. Most of the wet spots had a detour so you don't have to go through the mud.
cost $9 for residents on weekends and holidays and there wasn't off site parking that I saw so I recommend going on a weekday afternoon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

We took a quick hike on the White Trail today and enjoyed the sunny day. It was well marked and maintained . I would not recommend running this leg of the park trail due to the ruts and loose rocks. Some slight hills and low areas that did have some standing water so dont forget your dryer sheets to keep the gnats and mosquitoes away. Very quiet and peaceful.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stuck to the red blaze trail mostly. This is a nice, little area with an easy hike. Trails are very well-marked, and there are trail maps placed periodically throughout the park. A couple of areas were actually blocked by water, but the detours were quite navigable. I was taken a bit by surprise by a truck pulling out onto the trail ahead of me as I neared the end (along with a large group of men and boys) - hadn't realized there was a youth camping area tucked in here! The entrance to the park also has a nice, open area with a few picnic tables and grills. Very few people on the trails, which was nice!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Wonderful hike to eat up a Sunday afternoon. Beautiful day, not too many people on the trail. Followed the red blazes, but definitely want to return to check out everything else.

Monday, August 13, 2012

For this hike, I stuck with the Red Loop, which is bisected by the Shenipset Trail. It was a relatively easy hike, compared to the ones that I have taken recently, with only moderate uphills. There is ample evidence of its history as a former farming community.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Walked the Red loop on Sunday (7/22). Almost nobody on the trail which was nice. Lots of deer flies which was not so nice. However, not so many that it would keep us from coming back.

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