Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank at Housatonic Meadows evokes a genuine back-to-nature feeling. The clear, cold river water also provides a fine opportunity for fly fishermen to test their skills on trout and bass.

Great winter hike - loop trail is strenuous enough for a work out and quick enough (90-120 min) to squeeze into a busy day. Nice views of the surrounding hills and a few streams and small waterfalls. Trail is well marked and dovetails with the AT for ~0.5 mile.

Magical especially after a snowfall...

Awesome trail with beautiful views on top and a nice stream on the way down. Very strenuous in certain points, steep going up to the top

Good workout, nice vistas, well-marked trail, with an interesting brook.

Beautiful views, not a long hike but definitely gets your heart racing. Well marked

Pretty hike, did it counter clockwise, two beautiful views, varied terrain, definitely a heart racing hike so agree with all who say drink plenty of water and pace yourself. Clocked this at 3.9 miles, not 2.6.

Was a really cool quicker hike that still really gets you winded. Decent views, cool topography.

Absolutely beautiful trail with amazing views! I am not sure I agree 100% with the kid friendly aspect, as there are some cliff faces and sheer drops you have to climb as well as go down. Perhaps tweens and up, not too sure about younger though. My dog was able to do this with ease though haha!

awesome loop trail, fun terrain

awesome loop trail, fun terrain

Beautiful views, nice climb, the southern leg of the loop features beautiful brook. Lots of hikers today

Beautiful views. Some sections a little difficult but overall a nice hike.

very nice. rough trail. prepare to scramble or climb.

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7 months ago

Fun hike with 2 seven year olds

Great day hike. Good views of Housitonic River valley

Great day hike. Good views of Housitonic River valley

Awesome little hike! Gets your blood pumping and your legs working!

Lovely shortish loop. Some steep sections. I agree with another reviewer that the blue blazes were a bit sparse in sections. We had to backtrack once or twice to regain the trail.

I love this loop. It's local to me, so it's my go-to if I just want to get out for a quick hike. For a fairly short and easy loop it offers two nice lookouts with views of the Housatonic river below.
For a longer hike, park at the overnight lot and take the Mohawk trail up to Breadloaf and then follow the AT north to PineKnob.

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