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Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mashapaug Lake and Breakneck Pond

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

Bigelow Hollow Pond, Mashapaug Lake and Breakneck Pond is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Union, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 1,023 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Fishing Hiking Mountain biking Road biking Walking Running Beach Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky
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A sprawling state forest and park area that currently covers over 9000 acres and is located in Union, CT off of Route 171. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails the lakes and ponds. Hikers are reminded that there are only 2 loop trails to the west of the park road. Trails to the east of the park road DO NOT loop. Trails and roads run together in certain areas. Trail maps are located throughout the park.

There are ample parking areas in the park for people looking to launch their canoes/kayaks in the Bigelow Hollow Pond & Mashapaug Lake access points. Breakneck Pond has NO boat launch, is limited to hand carry or hand trailers, and you must hike approximately 1 mile in to the east of Mashapaug Lake.

Access to the park's trail head can be done 2 ways. Route 190 East to Route 171 East. Or, Route 198 North to Route 171 West.

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Anthony Forbes
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Lance Nazer
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Hiking

This is a great trail to hike alone. Very narrow, but you have plenty of terrains. Hills, rocks, water, sand. The downfall is the labeling of the trail. I fell off it a number of times. This app helped me regain the trail. I did try to find the trail on my own, which was not the best idea. Anyway. Highly recommend. I consider it an easy trail.

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Heidi Strom
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Great park. The long loop trail around the water had many large portions that were extremely narrow due to vegetation growth. Try one of the many other trails.

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Austin Beaupre
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Courtney Von Wolfe
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Started at Breakneck which was beautiful. Great views for the lake and lots of spots for my dog to swim. Went in mid-May, Saturday and it was 70 degrees out so the park was pretty packed. Continued on Bigelow Pond which wasn’t as serene but was really nice on the western side. Mashapaug needs maintenance and new blazes. Overall, excellent hike!

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Alyssa Friedrich
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Hiking

This was a super fun trail! My dog and I had a great time and I even took some amazing pictures!

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Jo-Ann Hall
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Heck of a great trail in the early morning, a few good rock scrambles and overlooks. Love the lake view as well. Very very buggy today!

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Bruce Martin
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Nice walk in the forest with plenty of ups and downs , the lakes are crystal clear if it was warmer I would have jumped in.. came across about 5 different couples today and everyone was respectful of distancing . We did 6.2 miles and plan to go back and do the other side

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Ana Mari
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Excellent trails, well marked, challenging at parts with roots and rocks. Stunning views and very peaceful

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Michael Lebo
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It was a pretty good hike. I wasn't able to finish on the Mashapaug Pond side, because in spots it's overgrown and some trail markers are missing. After getting off trail couldn't find how it loops around on that side of the hike. Other than that it was a pretty nice hike. On this day it was very wet, foggy, and some sprinkling. Various shelters that were being used by folks ice fishing. A few spots were washed out from rain but easy to get around those spots. Nice state park with plenty of spots for cookouts or nice place to stop to have lunch.

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Seth Davis
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Cassia Mckinnon
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Elena Ozdemir
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Beautiful trail, rocky at times but you get a nice view of the lake. I completed this trial in 3 hours. Bring a bug spray!!!!!

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Srikanth Ay
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It was okay

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Ultra Ryan
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Enjoyed my first run of 2019 here and I was not disappointed. What a wonderful trail. There were lots of hikers at the parking lot but the trail system is big enough that I wasn’t bothered by anyone. The trail was well marked and I would say on the tougher side of moderate. There were water crossings, steep inclines and declines, nice views, an amazing lake, overall a great trail. There were a few technical areas where as a trail runner you will have to slow down to navigate and the rocks are extremely slippery. Probably the time of year, but be careful. I will definitely be coming back here. Maybe I’ll bring the fam next time and do some fishing. Great park. Happy running, Ultra Ryan

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Stephanie Diane
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Hiking

Been here more times than I can count-there are endless little trails and off-shoots to explore. I generally park in the little dirt lot across from the boat launch parking area. From there I hop onto the Nipmuck Trail and loop around, and then sometimes tack on the Breakneck Pond loop afterward. Great place to take my dog. It is my quiet, peaceful happy place. A nice and easy hike to clear my mind.

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Jessica Ethier
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Parked at the address of the trail head that is proved! Hiked on the white trail to the blue trail (Breakneck Pond Trail). Important note that the blue markers of the Breakneck Pond Trail are being updated to a blue red marker (3 horizontal stripes blue red blue). There are signs for the marker changes, but not until later on the trail. Due to this confusion I stayed on the white trail longer and accidentally came across the blue Breakneck Pond Trail. If you do the Breakneck Pond Trail counter clock wise I thought it had more uphills than if you were to do it clock wise. I thought the rating of moderate was fair. There are parts of the trail that require rock hoping, walking over rocks to pass thru creaks, and walking on thin log bridges. Enjoyed my hike! While on the Breakneck Pond Trail there is a view of the lake a majority of the time. If you visit during the off season, there is no charge for parking. Went the weekend before Memorial Day and there was no charge.

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Tyler Piche
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My favorite place to go with my girlfriend to just get away and relax.

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