Looking for a great trail in Shenipsit State Forest, Connecticut? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Shenipsit State Forest ranging from 0.9 to 6.8 miles and from 649 to 1,072 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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dogs on leash

Good hike not too strenuous

Beautiful trail, easy to find trailhead, and great views from a tower on top of the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this for our first hike in CT. The observation tower offered a great site and the hike up the road wasn’t too bad for us new hikers and our two young children. The only problem we did run into was when we decided to finish the loop shown on the AllTrails map and missed a turn. When we came back to where we should have turned the trail has boulders in front of the walkway (can walk around them) making it less obviously a trail. Will keep my app open next hike to make sure we don’t turn 2.1 miles into 4+ again!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

We liked the wildlife and trails were not strenuous. There was a lot of shade. However the trails are not clearly marked. The trail was overgrown and not marked at all in some areas causing us to be lost for several. Families beware.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice family friendly trail to go through the woods or take the road path if kids get too tired. Beautiful nature hike either way with an awesome view at the top of the mountain lookout tower that’s been freshly rebuilt.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Not the official course. Took a detour due to sun going down

The white trail, which goes up the mountain in a straight steep shot, is an awesome work out. My favorite is to go up the white, climb the lookout tower, and go down the blue. 25 min of pure joy! Love it!

Great place to hike! Great trails in and around Soapstone Mountain! lookout tower recently reopened in January 2019! Caretakers of Soapstone Mountain have cleaned up around the summit, provided picnic tables and we're instrumental of getting the tower rebuilt! Please keep the area clean of garbage! Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints!!

New tower is awesome! The volunteers for this tower have remade it and it is worth the hike! Nice picnic tables and viewing areas!

Not a bad hike. AllTails parking always leave it up to your imagination. From parking spot head north up the street to trail entrance. We traveled counterclockwise at ~3 mile mark tail merges with a forest road stay on road don’t follow blue. Trail marking and signage is limited.

hiking
off trail
snow
6 months ago

Definitely worth checking out. Note that the actual trail starts after a five minute walk from the starting point, i was walking off trail for the first 1.3 miles with more elevation. I would rate it easy.

trail running
8 months ago

Great trail! Good for running and some elevation variety.

hiking
11 months ago

Lightly trafficked trail with so many bugs that it was difficult to see ahead. Besides, until you reach the actual trail, which is about a mile from the parking, the passing cars and trucks kick up a lot of dust. We went there end of August, and unless there’s a better time to visit, we won’t be going back again!

11 months ago

Hiked the path ... the part up to the top on the toad is easy and nice. Tried the part back through the woods to loop around. Hardly and markers, except one 20 feet from the end. So if you just hike the road and back ... very nice If you are trying the woods on the loop back you need AllTrails and enough battery on your phone or you will get lost.

hiking
Monday, June 25, 2018

Simply beautiful and so peaceful.

hiking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Quite buggy today but a fairly easy hike through beautiful country! Went in through Parker Rd, little difficult finding white dot trail, had to back track down Soapstone Rd but was worth following through woods and off road. Will definitely go back and explore other trails through park and looking forward to see fire tower refurbished and reopened again.

hiking
Thursday, May 03, 2018

This is the best place to go!! Beautiful view if you're willing to go up the broken tower....still worth it. All time favorite spot

hiking
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trails have lots of rocks jutting up and tree roots but it is a pleasant walk. I went on a Tuesday so I am guessing it gets more busy on the weekends. I walked for an hour and a half. Encountered one mountain biker, one dog walker and one couple. Nice and quiet. Just the way I like it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Took the dirt road up by accident but followed the blue rectangle/white circle trail back down. Dirt road was boring, but the walk down was more enjoyable. Nice view at the top.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Great for walking with dogs. Not very crowded and plenty of trails for exploring.

nature trips
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Just walked to the trails leading to the tower when there was access to it back in 2006 & 2012. Nothing really exciting to see. It's pretty much a place to make out w your significant other. The trails are not difficult at all. Easy enough for a 3 y/o to walk through it.

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The first mile and a half is basically a road. The summit is a No Trespassing zone with a bunch of electrical stuff on top...and there's only a small view halfway up the road. The road/trail eventually turns into a real trail and loops around the mountain. My dog loved it and it was short and easy for her. I won't be back though.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Cool place

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

has nice technical climbs and decent decents for biking

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