Mix of shaded and sunny areas. A bit difficult for kids under 10. Take lots of water and sunscreen on a hot day. Some scenic areas and a lot of walking inside the woods.

Dogs do not have to be kept on a leash but under control on marked trails. Great place. Many trails to try

We did the complete 7.5 mile hike around the entire body of water including the tributaries. We did our hike on January 2 the some of the trails had ice and we had to be cautious. We did not experience a hunter although it is hunting season and orange is required. The elevations were interesting and the views of the water were very beautiful. The army corps of engineers did a fantastic job of putting orange metal markers along almost the entire route. The only way to get around the entire lake is to go all the way up to red Bridge Road. Thus to do the entire lake it is a 7 1/2 mile hike. We recommend this hike

The hiking here is okay - but it is also an amazing place to bring kayaks (so much wild life - the bird sanctuary, tons of turtles, otters, etc) and the disc golf course is one of the cleanest and most reliable courses I have played.

I hiked and reviewed this dog friendly trail last year. But the trail is so picturesque in the fall that it was a hike well worth doing again. This year we followed the Ramsdell Woods Trail and Quinebaug River Trail. This 9 mile loop highlighted the beauty of the Connecticut lakes, forest, and river. If you only do one hike a year, make it this one in October. Trail maps are available at the nearby Ranger Station or can be downloaded at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/Recreation/WTL/WTLTrailMap.pdf.

Followed yellow path for 1.7 miles and came to end but across lake was yellow markers. Bridge to cross gone

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

it was a good trail to start off on, wasn't too long and the leaves are beautiful this time of year. hunters keep to themselves and everyone is fairly kind.

These easy to navigate trails make a great family hike. My 15 year old grandson and I turned this hike into an 8 mile loop trail as we walked a couple of different trails that took us around the lake and the Quinebaug River. This mid October hike was very scenic as the contrast of colors reflecting off the lake made this a very enjoyable hike. At times I felt like I was hiking through a jigsaw puzzle. We enjoyed our packed lunch on one of the several benches overlooking the lake. Although the trails are very well marked, I would suggest downloading a trail map of West Thompson Lake (Army Corps of Engineers) before doing this hike. This will better enable you to plan the length of the hike etc.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Love that place. It's beautiful at every season.

Lots of trails around the lake some are old roads from back in the day. Orange trails lead up river on both sides and are a bit more challenging to hike or bike. Round trip from lake on one side up to Red Bridge road and back on other side about 8 miles. Many options all around the area to explore.

More like a walk in the woods than a hike. Great for dogs who like to swim!