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

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
6 days ago

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

Nice trail if it hasn't rained in a few days. Very quiet, scenic and nice brooks. As said before, at Kingsbury road your option is to follow the clearly marked blue trail on paved road, or go left on road all the way back on other paved road along difficult to see blue/yellow marker to complete the 3.2 mile loop.

hiking
30 days ago

Great trail. Lots of different terrain. Well marked. Gentle walks along a river. Up and down trails with rocks and roots. And even paved flat trails. Rocks and bridges are very slippery. Wear good shoes. And as mentioned, bring the bug spray.

Watch for the double blue blaze on the right to see where the trail leaves the "road". The foundation mentioned in the description is pretty overgrown in July, and easier to see southbound. The turn off to the falls had an easy to see sign, and the detour is definitely worth it. Thanks to the folks who put and maintain the wood bridge over the creek and placed enough big flat rocks to make the water crossings fun and easy. Didn't see any poison ivy, but some wild roses and berry vines trailed thorny branches over the trail. Bug spray kept the mosquitoes away, but the flies were annoying if you didn't keep moving.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

My husband and I chose this trail due to the close proximity to our home. We had to spray down twice due to the bugs. While rocky, the scenery was lovely - tranquil brooks and streams. We were surprised to see a hen on the trail which obviously escaped from someone’s coop. Overall, it was an enjoyable hike!

Backpacked the trail on a longer 2 day hike starting at Goodwin Forest and ending at the Knowlton Brook campsite. About 25ish miles. Camped at General Lyons and Nipmuck campsites. Goodwin trails were great. Trail from RT 198 to 44 was in horrible condition. After that was a mix of decent to horrible trail conditions. I don’t think any trail maintenance has been done outside of Goodwin. Trail runs along a lot of private property so I can see some people getting confused. Logging happening too which closed the trail in spots and had to bushwhacked around. Pixie Falls was nice though and worth a visit.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL and exceeded expectations. Very rocky and full of tree roots. Please be careful crossing bridges — they can get slippery. Highly suggest using insect repellent ( I wore some and the mosquitos still had fun with me). Blue yellow trail ends and then you turn left onto the blue trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

One thing to note bring boots that can handle deep mud . Also wear long pants tucked in and long sleeves. A lot of flying biting insects and ticks galore. I picked a few of them off me. overall a very easy trail and short. There is private property on either side of trail and it is washed out in a few spots. I would definitely do a once over before entering vehicle you will have insects on you.

hiking
closed
off trail
private property
washed out
3 months ago

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hiking
off trail
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Nice early Spring hike. Easy first half (I went CCW, didn’t do other side) with a couple of minor inclines. River is pleasant but you can hear occasional noise from traffic on Rt 198. Lots of gnats and ticks even in late April. There are two porta potties in the parking area. I’d love to come back when the mountain laurels are blooming, there are tons of them!

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

My daughter and I really enjoyed it. Pretty sure we saw an eagle on the way in, then about 6 vultures on the way out. The falls are real pretty, there’s also some kind of animal den but it was empty. It was only muddy due to the recent rain but it was easy to navigate around. Good for a simple Sunday stroll.

horseback riding
snow
6 months ago

snowmobiling good

I loved it. peaceful. quiet. I seen a couple deer out there during the rut. 1 made noises in my direction. I stayed clear

8 months ago

Great hike!

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