Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Arcadia State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Mount Tom Trail

hiking
blowdown
26 days ago

Don’t forget your orange

hiking
1 month ago

The prettiest part of the hike is up Mt Tom itself, but you never clear the treeline for an amazing view. The rest of the walk is through shrubs and open woods. Wear orange if you come in hunting season (most of the school year)!

hiking
1 month ago

Highly recommend using the aps GPS or else you will end up way off the trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A little difficult to find at first and you ride on a ride for a little bit but overall good trail. The start had a lot of uphill at first but the rest of the trail seemed gradual up and downhill. Nice spot to stop and have a snack or picnic along the way. Watch for sharp rocks I️ got a flat tire because of it.

hiking
2 months ago

Ended up doing a loop around Browning Mill Pond and the loop across Arcadia Road that goes out to NooseNeck Hill Road after discovering big “area closed” signs when I reached the trail split that should have headed toward Ten Rod Road at the edge of the pond. All together, I did just over 5 miles. The pond loop was pretty and surprisingly not buggy. The section across the road was mostly a broad service road type path, and none too exciting.

running
rocky
3 months ago

Found easy, nearby parking at the J.B Hudson Trail parking lot. Walked back out of the driveway and across Ten Rod Road to an Arcadia Trail trailhead about 50 yards up the road. Took pic’s of signage for both the parking lot and trailhead, if that helps anyone locate. This is my second time running this loop. The first time, I used the app lightly and tried getting through on trial markers. Got lost at a couple different intervals that were poorly marked or not identifiable. This time around I used the app the entire run and it was pretty spot on, so I highly recommend keeping the app open for use of map. There were two segments (once early in the loop and once again about 3/4 thru the loop) of trail that were supposed to intersect with a dirt fire/maintenance road that I could not identify. They were only a few tenths of a mile long so I stayed on the road until the next intersection point with the trail. As a trail run I would rate this as moderate/hard (versus the app’s rating of moderate, which is a more appropriate rating for a hiker). This is due to roughly 80%+ of the trail having non-stop small rocks and roots. Also almost exclusively single track except for the dirt and paved road portions. The combo of narrow and obstacles slowed my pace a bunch, especially considering how relatively flat the entire loop is. I got the sense this loop doesn’t get much traffic. Fairly overgrown in sections with ferns and other ground cover. I also mowed through more cobwebs than any trail run in recent memory. Shading under the trees is great up to mile 9 where the trail pops you out onto pavement in a rural neighborhood for about half a mile until jumping back onto a less densely wooded dirt trail to finish out the last 2 miles.

3 months ago

nice overall.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a trail strictly for exercise. I was long and boring. Thank god for gps, because there are many parts poorly marked. This is not a trail you are going to see a lot of cool things. It is a walk in the woods, and a lot is overgrown.

on Mount Tom Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Me and Bax. Check station to stone chairs. 89°F.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful - filled with diverse terrain and a perfect sun/shade mix - Somehow we ended up doing a nine mile loop taking the north/south trail and Escoheag trail to get back to the car- c

running
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

The trail starts off really awesome and has a nice climb to some rocky ledges. (Stay on top of the ledges to keep on the trail) then it gets better once you pick it up again About halfway through on the you'll get to a bridge and there will be other trail heads. You actually need to double back on the Blue blazed trail and it splits off. Very easy to miss the last 1/4 of the trail was great for running but once again not marked so easy to end up on other trails zig zagging throughout the hillsides. I pretty much had to have my phone out to follow the map and my GPS to make sure I was on the right track the whole time while trying to run. This trail would be amazing if properly marked, it defeats the purpose of being outside trail running or hiking if your on your phone the whole time. There are a few road crossing as well that aren't marked where the trail picks back up at so once again your forced to orientate with your phone if your heading the right way. I probably won't be back but that's not to say it wasn't great scenery and cool trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Chloe Z has the trail markers exactly right. Using my cell’s gps and the AllTrails map we were okay. Brought the dogs and didn’t see another soul. Beautiful hike and now that I know what I am looking for, it will be all the better. Terrain is mostly inclining wooded paths. Some are muddy/spongey due to time of year. Sections near the stone chairs are rocky so watch your footing. Not much of a scenic view from the top, but saw clumps of mountain laurel about a week from blooming, so I hope to go back for that. Fairly long (I tracked 9 miles but there was backtracking while searching for the trail) but overall an easy hike.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

decent trail length and conditions weren't bad. my route was about 8 miles

Went at the end of March. Lots of connecting trails. Some elevation up and down. Well marked but due to connecting trails make sure to have a map. On north south trail near parts. Can park at church across street and cross road. Trail head about 150 feet up on left. Enjoy !

hiking
7 months ago

My son and I loved this trail. Moderate for me and a little more challenging for him (9 yo). Beautiful views. Sat on the stone chairs and ate lunch. Finished about half the loop. Will definitely come back again.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike through the forest with some elevation changes but no real scenic overlooks from the top

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Loved running here!!! Peaceful with some really impressive overlooks and fun climbs. Would be lovely in the fall.

hiking
9 months ago

I finally finished this trail up and did the actual ledges section out of the canoe launch. What a great trail with neat features. Them stone chairs are awesome..

hiking
10 months ago

My humans took me to do this trail today. The first half of this trail was absolutely beautiful and well marked with white trailblazes. At the peak there are four man-made rock chairs which provide for a wonderful photo opportunity. Once you cross over 165 and approach what would be about the 4 mile mark you intersect with the North South Trail. These trails are marked with blue blazes. The white blazes end and there is no information to provide as to which way one should go to continue on the Mount Tom trail. We followed The blue markers heading south on the north-south trail.. Once you come out to a dirt road there is zero markings left for one to follow unless if you stay on the road (blue markers to left). According to the AllTrails map this is the wrong direction. From this point on regardless of which way you travel there are no markings anywhere. Hence, you really have no idea where you’re going other than if you’re all trails guide is telling you you are on the right path. I would not recommend this hike to anyone without having an AllTrails map. Definitely going to communicate with the Arcadia management team and inform them that the Lack of appropriate markings and information is out right dangerous for novice hikers. Other than that we had an absolutely beautiful hike. Wear shoes that are appropriate for wet muddy conditions.

Love this trail for a nice easy walk in the woods

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Trail was not clear when we reached the dirt road. I agree that “ easy” rating would be an issue for anyone not in shape for climbing.

hiking
Wed Sep 19 2018

Its a beautiful trail and a decent hike, but I couldnt get over the traffic im the background, logging roads, garbage truck went by on a dirt road. All that noise ruined the secluded feel for me.

hiking
Wed Aug 22 2018

The trails are typically marked clearly and are kept in good condition. People with dogs should know that many people walk their dogs off leash so just plan accordingly.

Fun hike through varied terrain. Long grass on both sides of the trail meant Long pants and sleeves were needed.

Mon Jun 18 2018

Hiked this loop on 6/13/2018. Although its a nice hike, there is literally 2 miles worth of knee high grass out of 6.3 miles. It could use some traffic to matt it down!

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