Explore the most popular hiking trails in Pachaug 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
5 days ago

Great hike with pack 73 Boy Scouts. Great place for kids to hike and awesome views at the vista.

Did this hike today with my humans. It was absolutely beautiful. My 20 pound body only needed assistance over one rock scramble. Pretty heavy water flow in the gorge but we managed to get across the log with no problem. Met some really cool canines on the trail. This is a definite must do. We will go back again!

backpacking
12 days ago

lovely place. lots of elevation shift with the path crossing water streams several times. lots of muddy and flooded areas and a small section of the closed off for hazards.

Great trail, did the trail a day after heavy rains...really slippery and we needed to improvise river crossings but the waterfalls were reallllyyyyy pretty.

the second part of the trail was cut off but we were still able to go to the first and walk up it and then back down. the marking change between red and blue but it's not really hard to follow it to the top. dogs would like this but I'd say kids might have a rough time, some of the inclines are harsh.

hiking
1 month ago

First half is great, lots of hills that allow good footing. Peek offers great view. Went after heavy rain. Second half can be a challenge do to wet rock surface ( Grabbed tree once after slipping, about ten miles on Solomon Mid GTX 3s) You end up following a fire road back to starting point. My advice is hit peak and turn back around.

hiking
1 month ago

loved the trail, not long but lots of rocky areas with small elevation climbs. Can get busy in summer which unfortunately meant there were several areas littered with beer bottles and cans.

hiking
1 month ago

I found the map here in All Trails a bit confusing, you're probably better off trying to just follow the blue blazes. At one point this map took me through an area that others had clearly walked on (and was just as overgrown as the rest of the marked path), but when I reached the end where it met up with the blue trail again, I noticed it was cordoned off (but not where I entered). Also recommend wearing long pants - you walk through lots of overgrown areas, including lots of thornbushes that can do a number on your ankles. Otherwise a really pretty hike. If you're up to it, take a bag and clean up after the people on dirt bikes, who seem to leave a mess where they stop to take breaks - I picked up a lot of trash.

Awesome hike. Didn’t see a single person all day and the trail is easy to follow. Will definitely be visiting several times into the future.

great trail, amazing view, not long at all! definitely not for those who aren’t fans of hills because it is a small climb but worth it :) one of my new favorite trails in the area

Map provided by the ranger station is terrible, very difficult to differentiate roads from trails, no labeling of trails or even where Mt Misery is on the map. Despite that, this was a pleasant hike with nice views. When we came down from the peak we continued on the blue blazed trail into the woods rather than walking back on the road. Although not clearly marked as such, this is the Pachaug/Nehantic trail which splits at a point where an old railroad bed is visible. We turned right onto the Nehantic which eventually meets the road which takes you back to the parking area. Adds about a mile to the walk.

My wife and I hiked this trail after not hiking in over 20 years. It was nice with a great breeze off the pond. Friendly people enjoying trail with friend both of two leg and four leg types. Lots of roots and rocky areas so if you are new just take your time and look down a lot. Had great time.

hiking
3 months ago

Good short hike. The trail up is well marked. Decent incline but peters out before it gets too hard. Great overlook! I took Fire Tower Rd down to complete the loop.

3 months ago

This trail was "easy" in terms of very little elevation change, however there were several factors that will keep me from returning to this trail. Firstly, it seems to be often used by ATV drivers (saw several there and there were tons of tracks), so the trail is often shredded by tires. There was a stretch of trail with lots of loose, very large stones, which were rather difficult to walk. Midway through the loop, the trail was completely flooded with no way around, so we weren't able to complete the trail and had to turn back. It's also quite poorly marked, we were definitely on the trail as per map and app but we saw very few blazes. We accidentally went the wrong way early on because of this. I was excited to try a trail close to home that I thought my family could enjoy but unfortunately it's not one I'd like to walk again.

Great trail! The scenery is beautiful everywhere you look! Be careful for slippery wet rocks, my husband and I just went today and a flat rock on the trail did not look so bad until I went down! We found some really pretty rocks as well! There are some areas where you get a little off trail because markers are hard to find but all in all we had a great time!

hiking
4 months ago

Was ok, lots of uphill to start, first overlook is shrouded by trees. 2nd is very nice. Might as well just skip the loop and walk back down the trail, half the “hike” is on maintained gravel roads.

4 months ago

The area is beautiful but be aware of ticks. I ended up pulling 17 off my dog when we got home.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike with a beautiful view from the top! Lots of trails in the area to extend the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

To explore this trail or anything in Pachaug Forest, the Connecticut Walk Book or Connecticut Forest & Park interactive maps are great planning resources. https://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue-blazed-hiking-trails/blue-blazed-hiking-trails-interactive-map. And at the Pachaug Forest HQ off Rte 49, there is a map board with a supply of free trail maps for the north and south sections of the forest.

Did this hike today on a 55 degree sunny day and was great hike for Rhodie. Hike around the pond is recommended. Got off track a few times so glad I had the all trails app that showed me where I was on the loop

Kids and I enjoyed this hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous 5.1 mile lollipop style hike. Spacious dirt road mixed with narrow and rocky trails around the pond. Plenty of sunshine and trees. Water was sparkling. Weather was absolutely perfect today, 3/31/18. When all the leaves fill in it will be even more stunning.

Did this hike today in a cold day with some snow on the ground. Really lovely walk. The path is sometimes not easy to follow and requires some scrambling over rocks, but it is a great walk, well worth the effort. Definitely 5*!

My favorite trail, I’ve seen maybe three people ever in the dozens of times I’ve been hiking here. Trail is easy to follow, brings you through streams and different terrain. Gated off in the winter.

good workout

Really beautiful trail. We lost the markers in a few spots but that was probably just us not paying attention. Would definitely do it again!

took my dogs here this morning and loved it!! nice incline on the way up and smooth sailing on the way back. there’s nothing better than being up in the mountains and the view is beautiful. didn’t even come across a single soul on our walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Had a great hike around the pond on a beautiful foliage day!! Our older legs got a good workout on the up and down parts, but there are plenty of smoother parts too. Was lovely to always have the sparkling pond in view. Pond was rather low, so the falls were not heavy, so we’ll have to return in the spring. A+++++

Friday, October 20, 2017

Great view during fall and lovely sunset!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great hike on this trail! The trailhead on Green Fall Road (a dirt road) wasn't marked well. There's a bit of a pull-off area for parking (3-4 cars max) with the state stone marker (seen in other hikers pics) across the road. Hiking in the early morning (7:30a) made for some slippery spots. We lost the light blue blazes a few times, but thanks to iPhone GPS found the trail again quickly. A great way to start the day!

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