I made it a mile into the forest off of route 44 when I came across a summer camp counselor who said I couldn't continue on the Natchmaug trail because it went through the camp property and I had to turn around. I don't think she had the authority to police the trail, anyone else have this issue? I drove an hour to hike 2 miles. I went across 44 to continue the trail and it was overgrown and thorny.

love it except for the tick. just left the forest and immediately took 3 ticks off the dogs

hiked it on Jan 15 following some flooding which receeded recently. It was a cold day, in the teens, but the ice formations in the river and small brooks were beautiful. Nice trail, easy to follow, and we didn't see another hiker

This is a gentle sloping run of the Natchaug Trail emptying into the Nipmuck. There is a campsite at the transition between trails and camping is available year-round. From camp it is a gentle downhill hike out to Perry Hill Rd.

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So I enjoyed this trail, but it was very different then what is shown on the map or what I have read in other reviews. You start at the same location, just off of the CT 198, go across the bridge that is blocked off to vehicles, walk up the road a tiny bit, and the trail is on your right hand side, following the Natchaug River south. At the beginning of the trail, strapped to a tree, is a container labelled MAPS, and there are printed copies of the map inside. The trail on the map follows the Natchaug River just farther south than what is shown on this CCC Trail Loop hike, connects to a branch, (0.3 mile section marked on map coming from a road that you cross), off of the Natchaug Trail, you finish that, then head north on the Natchaug Trail, cross another road, just like it is marked on the map, but when you reach the Kingsbury Rd there is a section that continues east towards the lake, and that is where the Natchaug Trail continues north. You follow it, travel down a section of the Kingsbury Rd, take a left turn heading northwest along the Natchaug Trail still, passing Nathaniel Lyon Memorial State Park, and then about 0.9 Miles down you have the choice to take a left hand turn, which connects you to a southern routed trail via a switchback. This trail parallels the Natchaug River for about 1.4 miles, and eventually makes it all the way back south to where you started near the bridge in the first place. Since this is the Map given at the beginning of the trail my husband and I decided to follow it. It is about 6.1 miles, one big loop, and very beautiful with the warm spring weather. Lots of creeks and rivers, plus you can see several beaver dams as you hike next to the lake. We brought our 7 month old baby along as well and only bumped into one other hiker.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The main access point for this park is off Route 198 North in Chaplin,CT. Once you get in, the road splits in two. The trail on the left will take you alongside the Natchaug River. Picnic tables are provided. The road used to lead back out to Route 198, but DEP has since blocked access. The road on the right brings you to a small parking area. The bridge that once lead to the other half of the state forest has been blocked to motor traffic, but is still open to cyclists, hikers, people looking to enjoy a walk. This path (road) is paved. Once across, the paved road is steep until you get to the top, then it smooths out.

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