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Appalachian Trail: Hoyt Road to Bull's Bridge

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Gaylordsville, Connecticut

Appalachian Trail: Hoyt Road to Bull's Bridge is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gaylordsville, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,627 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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First section of the CT Appalachian Trail starting on the CT/NYborder at Hoyt Rd and ending at Bull's Bridge in Kent, CT. Climbs over Ten Mile Hill (el 1,000ft) and then skirts and crosses the Ten Mile River and then follows the west bank of the Housatonic river. Beautiful, easy trail with campsites.

18 minutes ago

1926 elevation and a little over 9 miles. The flowers were blooming and the scent of honeysuckle wafted through a good portion of the trail. I would definitely revisit this trail in the fall to see the foliage.

9 days ago

Great spot for a picnic by the bridge where Tenmile River and the Housotonic River Meet!

22 days ago

great hike, fun, minimal traffic. Most of the people I saw were at the end by the waterfall in the camping site.

29 days ago

From Hoyts Rd to Bull Bridge and back is 10miles.. No bridges were out April 2020.

Great hike! I did out and back on the AT because I had no interest walking on the highway. I would really recommend that. Also started early in the morning to avoid all the traffic from families picnicking/ walking by the river.

One of the best hikes in CT. Amazing along the Housatonic. Lots of scenic views and a good workout. Will be doing that one again.

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2 months ago

HIked from Appalachian Trail Metronorth stop to Kent, CT. The morning started off at 26F, following a 20F night so the many muddy sections were frozen solid, offering a crunchy sounding hiking experience. I wore running shoes for half of it but it is still better to wear hiking boots. From internet reviews, I thought there was a chance this section was suitable for trail running, but it was too hilly. There was ice, of course, but I did not see any sections where micro-spikes would be needed. By the afternoon, the ice began to thaw and muddiness increased. Take note that the Duellhollow Bridge is out, and there is a 1.25 mile detour. The best section was from Hoyt Road to Bull's Bridge, as there is much more to see in terms of the river and interesting homes from that point on.

4 months ago

Great trail, not very many view points but a lovely moderate hike through the woods. We started at the trail head on Hoyt Road and followed the white AT trail until Bulls Bridge. It was a bit slippery with snow melting and the current conditions definitely added to our overall time. Proper shoes not required however with the current ice and mud they would help. If you are going to do the trail out and back be prepared for some inclines and steps ( wood and stone). Also leave yourself with enough time. We started at 1:30pm finished around 4pm. Got a ride back to trail head on Hoyt road due to not wanting to get stuck in the woods at dark.

It’s being an excellent experience! I recommend it for all of you! Nice camp spot and the river is really good for a nice swimming! Bugs are everywhere but this views are priceless. We got aware about bears in the surroundings but a soon you follow all the advices like, keep the food in the bear box, no garbage round the camping area, etc, you gonna be fine!! Oh before I forget no open fire it’s allow, if you are thinking to cook bring an stove and something simple and quick to make.

Sat May 18 2019

The trail is very well marked. There is a hill at the beginning and the trail crosses Route 55 which is a moderately busy 2 lane road. The view from the top of Tenmile Hill is very nice. A section of the trail goes right by Tenmile River and the Housatonic River. There is a shelter, a campground, and a spot to fish were the Tenmile River flows into the Housatonic River.

Sun May 12 2019

Actually did this trail in reverse. We started at the Bulls Bridge end and hiked to Hoyt Rd, then back to Bulls Bridge trailhead. Nice area to hike. The 10 Mile shelter was in goo shape. We had a nice view at the top of 10 Mile hill.

Sun Mar 31 2019

Definitely have entered mud season - well-marked trail with a great variety of terrain to go over!

Mon Sep 03 2018

This section was great! For anyone looking to continue after bulls bridge beware. The trail gets pretty challenging after that until your next out at Route 341 in Kent. Annie at Back Country Outfitters was awesome! She gave us a last minute shuttle back to the trail head where we started. The ice cream is something you don’t want to pass up either.

Mon Mar 26 2018


Sun Jan 21 2018

Loved this hike!! Gorgeous winter morning trip. After going over Ten Mile Hill the trip along the Ten Mile and Housatonic Rivers is beautiful...not too grueling of a hike but enough to get your heart rate up.

Mon Dec 04 2017

It was amazing. I only walked about 2 miles in but I intend on going back next weekend for the whole round trip. I’m looking forward to this hike. It is flat or downhill in most places so far, so deeming it Easy was definitely appropriate. Looking forward to doing it this weekend!!!

Sun Nov 26 2017

Not exactly an easy trail, not exactly a moderate trail either. Lots to see

Sun Oct 01 2017

Started on Rt 55 on Appalachian Trail over 10 Mile Hill to Bulls Bridge. Nice limited view at top of 10 Mile Hill. Great river views and bridge crossing. Outstanding Bulls falls view off of AT.

Sat Jul 08 2017

The River Trail in New Milford, CT is a 5 mile one way or 10 mile out and back trail. The trail begins at the entrance of Sega Meadows Park on Boardman Road and continues through the park to River Road, where I follows the road and the Housatonic River to the center of the Gaylordsville section of New Milford. The park trail is a mix of soil and crushed gravel. River Road is unpaved and is mostly dirt and crushed gravel. The road was lightly traveled when I walked (only two cars and two bicycles for the almost 4 miles). The Walk itself was easy, but wear comfortable shoes because the crushed gravel is not the most ideal walking surface.

Sat Nov 19 2016

Nice hike! Small over look at top of mountain with spectacular views! Nice place for lunch and to take in all the surrounding beauty! That's what I love about the Appalachian trail you get the best of everything, inclines, descends, woods, and streams etc.

Wed Mar 09 2016

Magnificent and Moderate

Fri Aug 21 2015

Very wooded trail with hills and some overlooks, especially if you take the Herrick Trail Preserve loop. Most of walks have focused on the sections near the Housatonic River and 10 Mile area. Did the part from NY only once. This section is very well maintained and often guides and helpers are sitting out near Bulls Bridge. One of our favorite sections of the AT.

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