Activities: Hiking, Hunting, Mountain Biking

10 days ago

I love this Mtn. I put hiking down. However there is far more to do... My SAR/ADA Dog

10 days ago

I love this Mtn. I put hiking down. However there is far more to do... My SAR/ADA Dog

Great snowy hike today. We parked in the commuter lot, crossed the street and walked up a side street to find the trail head. It was easy to find and everything was very clearly marked. We will definitely go again.

If you like waterfalls, you will love this hike! Albeit small falls. This hike makes you want to come back for more exploring. Following the colored trails is easier with a map. There's a gun club nearby, but you only hear it on parts of the hike.

We walked this trail today and had a lovely time but here is what we needed to know. The first parking lot is about a half mile away from the trail head. This first section of unpaved road runs RIGHT alongside (within a few feet) an ACTIVE train track which made me nervous and we did see a train. Much better to drive down the rocky rutted path to the round parking lot at the actual trail head. The first part of the loop trail runs along the river with STEEP drops; it is really lovely but challenging at places. Unfortunately someone was shooting a gun in the distance for much of the time we were walking so not truly peaceful. Look out for the pink hanging ribbons which mark a few spots that are a little tricky but overall very well marked.

To make this trail a loop, there was a junction with another trail that was not clearly marked. We ended up going back but loved the trail otherwise. Will defiantly return to figure it out ( but with more supplies!)

You can take the Orange Trail starting at the rocky turn-around lot closer to Cold Spring (*not* the guard-railed gravel lot at the end of Spruce Brook, nearer the train tracks). The beginning of the trail is primarily tennis and golf ball sized round rocks, so use care not to turn an ankle. Fairly steep trail overall. Purple trail to the flag pole comes up on your left, and some kind person Sharpied an arrow on the Orange Trail marker to show you the way. Expansive view of the valley along Route 8, with snippets of the railroad tracks and river below.

nice hills

Beautiful trail! Perfect for a short hike. Some more challenging parts but mostly smooth sailing!
Link above is a CT DEEP map. If you park on Cold Spring Road, the final few minutes is an unpaved, rutted road. An alternative would be to hike in from parking at Old Litchfield Tpke & Pines Bridge. Spruce Creek had minimal flow in Sept 2017. Blue trail is a bit narrow and precarious in spots. This would be an excellent hike after snow melt or a rainy week. The western park of the State Forest near the reservoirs are wide trails with minimal elevation changes. We saw frogs, fish,m and crayfish near the reservoirs. The purple trail overlook is the flag that you can see from Route 8.

This route uses parts of the State Forest trail system: blue, white, green, violet, yellow, and blue (again). They're not noted on AllTrails, so it would be good to get the trail maps from before heading out. Route had a bit too much "road" type trail for my taste.

My girlfriend and I went up the white trail. It was a great experience and we caught a bunch of awesome scenes!

Favorite trail for a beautiful view

I can't wait to explore more . Today was a great day of hiking .

Monday, March 13, 2017

Great hiking trail with good views at the top!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Great hike, multiple views, not to difficult.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good hike, Nice view, pretty stream. My dog loved it

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nice hike.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Love this trail not hard but has that A T vibe no real over looks but nice

Sunday, August 14, 2016

nice hike, not much in way of hills or scenic views but well marked. I would suggest parking at the Veterans Memorial Park about an 1/8 of a mile past where directions tell you to park. walk around the pond and pick up the trail there

Sunday, August 07, 2016

I got lost a little bit, but this app helped a lot. go exploring and have fun. the landscape is magical in there.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I got lost

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Naugutuck state first was so great it made my girl cum. Twice! We will definitely be returning soon.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Took the Whittemore Trail (blue/white blazed) to the Naugatuck Forest Trail. Went right on the blue blazed trail and followed back to Rt 42. This is a nice hike of moderate grade change. My terrier and I had a great time.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nice trail, moderate climb but the smell from the sewage plant just ruins the day. If you park in the commuter parking lot off of Exit 25, take a right out of the parking lot back towards highway and then a left onto the dead end road, Andrasko Road, you will see the entrance to the trail there.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

7.5.2015 Just hiked the Beacon Falls side from route 42 trailhead to the CAP. Used MapMyHike, gps clocks it as 7.14 miles out and back. Very nice hike, easy/moderate, nothing too challenging.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Simply put this is a great trail. There are a few (4) Different trails. Blue is great to learn the area, about halfway up main trail (BLUE), you will see a man made tight trail 2 to 3 Ft. Wide, compared to main trail of 5 to 6ft. Take that trail it will be on your left side (10 PACES past a small 7° rock that you climb & 8ft past a big dead fall Oak).. it a bit of an UP Hill, but this will save you about an hour + (depending on speed kids etc) to the peak. Once at the top, trees are level face left 90° and walk about 40 feet. Amazing cliff face over look. Someone took my flag down , so I'll be up there this Sunday w/ my pup replacing it. Best view of High Rock overlooking Rte 8. On a clear day 15 to 20 mile viability. As always be safe have fun & leave nothing but foot prints behind and try not to even leave those. Respectfully : Kevin ... If you want a fun BILLY GOAT TRAIL DOWN WATERFALL SIDE SEND ME AN EMAIL... OMG AMAZING TRECK AND VIEWS...My personal favorite...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

First time hike and definitely a challenge. Used the park map on my smartphone and trekked through 6+ mile of well groomed trails and a few manmade ones. The hike is full of good elevations with some excellent scenic landings. If you're up for a 2+ hour hike I definitely recommend visiting this forest.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

When hiking this trail it is my recommendation that you start at the Naugatuck trailhead on Route 42 in Bethany. The trail is blazed blue. You start out on a forest road. Make sure that you get off the forest road and keep on the blue blazed trail to the right. If you begin at Andrasco Road you will be hiking .6 miles along Route 8 and watching nothing except the cars going by. If you decide to make this a point to point trip you should not hike beyond the Spuce Knoll Trail which is blazed blue/red. If you do continue all that will happen is that you will descend to the Route 8 section. Spruce Knoll is a very small detour and worth it to complete the route even though it has only seasonal views. The complete trip including up-and-down the Beacon Cap Trail which is blazed blue/yellow makes the total trip approximately 6 miles one-way which includes the Spruce Knoll and the Beacon Cap divergence for a round trip total of 11 miles. A shorter but more interesting hike is to make the trip into a loop of approximately 3.6 miles. At .7 miles from the trailhead you will reach the Beacon Cap Trail. Ascend and descend the trail. There are nice views to the east before you reach the cap and nice all around views at the cap. Total altitude gain of 350 feet. Then continue West on the Naugatuck trail until you reach the Wittemore Trail blazed blue/white. Continue on this trail for .8 miles which will bring you back to Route 42 approximately .1 miles West of the Naugatuck trailhead.

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