Activities: Hiking, Hunting, Mountain Biking

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.

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