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

15 days ago

Nicely Marked Trail. Enjoyed it immensely, will definitely come back.

Awesome trail especially with kids. Challenging enough for 8-10 year olds. Great for everyone. Love all the options of trails.

Great rocky easy hike. Did it on a beautiful Saturday morning with my dog and saw two people. Easy trail markers and maps at major points.

This has been one of my favorite trails of all time. So peaceful with nice views. A must try!

Nice trail. Just enough terrain variance to keep it interesting, but not challenging, in my opinion. No real "views", but pretty scenic trail. We'll be back.

5 months ago

There are many trails, some moderate...some easy. I had two dogs on leash...and they pulled up and down hills. trails were dry, had some ice ..one biker.

Although the trails are well marked, this hike was unimpressive. Rocky and roots galore. I could here cars, trucks, airplanes and general background noises. Parts of the trees trail were closed. I won't be doing this trail again.

Nice woodsy trails full of Mt Laurel. Well marked trails. Lots of boulders and a small pond.

Nice trail in Niantic. Has a surprisingly decent amount of up & down to it. Good views of a pond. Free parking at the trailhead.

No view :(

Saturday, May 12, 2018

We did the blue to red trails with side track to a cave and quartz pit. Trail had pretty pond views and a couple of small brook crossings. I enjoyed it because it was pretty rocky with big flat rocks to walk on in places. Very well marked trails. No real breathtaking views but a nice short hike. Easy side of moderate.

Many paths to take

Thursday, November 09, 2017

This is a great trail. It's a good distance and it has enough hills to be challenging. There are some difficult parts. It is my favourite trail.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fun walk with some interesting features. Amazingly quiet considering how close to civilization you are. Many side trails to explore, I will go back again.

Super easy to follow the trails. Loved it.

a great escape

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Awesome trails. Scenic!

This is one of my favorite trails. Amazing scenery, very well marked and maintained, and at the trailhead they even had paper maps available with info about the areas history. Overall, a great experience!

Trails are clearly marked, although the yellow on the map is more of a red/orange on the trails. The green trail was nothing special, but the yellow and blue trails are beautiful. All of the trails were clean and well-maintained. It was pretty buggy in some areas, but that's easily remedied with some spray. Keep an eye out for wildlife; we saw a very large dear partway through our hike.

Pleasant trail hike and lots of Mountain Laurel along the trail pathways.

I found the trails very clearly marked, and the trail maps easy to follow. The total land area is not large, but it's well-maintained and makes good use of the space. I especially liked the bare rock areas--beautiful, and a bit creepy in a mild "Pet Sematary" kind of way. One of them features a small lawn bunny in white ceramic, missing its ears but presiding benignly over the rock. All in all, a great place to do a fair amount of hiking in a relatively small area, with excellent visuals!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trail can loop to about 3.0-4.0 miles depending on the loop you choose to create. If crossing in the middle of the preserve there is steeper incline, not as easy to do with young children. I suggest parking by Veterans Field where there are typically more trail maps available, and if there are not, there is a picture of the trail maps that you can take a photo of on your phone. Trails are very well marked and there is a nice mix of terrain. A nice loop is to start at on the red trails along Clark Pond, to the blue and then to the yellow by the quarry. The quarry is a nice stopping point for a snack if hiking with kids. Hike back on the blue trail (to the green and back to the blue) for views of Clark Pond in the fall or winter, when the views are much better. Add a short loop on the green at the end if you want to stretch the hike to about 4 miles.

trail map write out isnt vary good with actual trail as on paper it looks alot smoother , the color codes isnt vary clear some parts of the trail you can end up off thw trail with out realizing it we ware going to just do the quick loop green trail that meet up with the blue trail there is no signs that informa us to head back to the main entry we ended up going deeper into the woods had to turn around and join up with the red trail after being on the red trail it meets up on a fork of both red trails pointing in two diffrent directions agin with no clue as too what direction leads back too main entry , at one point the blue trail has us scale a cliff its real steap like doing rock climbing and then abother time we ended up along power lines , over all it could be better mapped but the trails itself was good

The trail head is right off the main road, next to a baseball park. It's a relatively short loop hike, but nicely marked. It goes around a small pond. There are many large flat rocks that are part of the path. We passed a few people but it wasn't crowded at all. It was a nice spot for a little trail running or mountain biking. There is a small lookout point, but nothing too big. The trail has small up and downs, nothing strenuous, but enjoyable. You can also go to the newly renovated Niantic Boardwalk right down the street if you are in the area, and walk the little downtown area.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Started out the year by hiking the loop here on new years day. Moderate trail, not too difficult with only a few inclines. One specific area where one should be cautious due to loose rocks on a steep decline but other than that great trail for just about any level of hikers.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My teenage daughter I easily wandered around these very well marked trails on a somewhat rainy Sunday afternoon. The terrain was varied with some very steep areas, rocky to smooth trail beds and perhaps was hampered by the abundance of leaves that had fallen. Parts of the Red trail were swept free of any leaves and was very pedestrian friendly. The scenic overlooks were partially obscured by trees but glimpses of LI sound were visible and there were several other water features that were very pretty. Very low traffic on our day with only a handful of other hikers and one very well behaved and leashed dog. Several areas to park in around 3 separate trail heads, that I could find. We very much enjoyed our trip here.

This used to be my favorite trail when I lived in Southeastern CT, but recently it's become less enjoyable. Last time I tried to hike here, the parking lot was overrun with dogs, some of which weren't leashed and not friendly, and owners weren't taking control of their dogs. Additionally, there is only one entrance to the trail, so it was like hiking in single file for the first part of the trail. That said, there is a lot more to the Hills if you can get up into the rocky parts, away from the technical 1.4 mile trail. I used to spend entire days out there hiking in and out of the glacial forms and along the Niantic River. I'd like to give the Hills a higher rating because I love this place, but until it's less crowded, it's not worth the drive.

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