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Burnham Brook Preserve Trail

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Burnham Brook Preserve Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Haddam, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 328 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips




over grown
3 months ago

The trail was overgrown and hard to see. It also made it hard to see the many rocks, roots and branches. Many markers are not visible far enough from the previous marker. Which means you have to pause often to determine where the trail goes. I went down what I thought was a path for a pretty good stretch and had to turn around then found the trail again. I did the entire trail but did not realize until halfway through I was not recording. It is a beautiful area though but it would be nicer so if the trail was better maintained

4 months ago

This is a lovely wooded preserve, thanks to The Nature Conservancy and its dedicated supporters. A word of advice to prospective hikers: This trail appears to be little-used, and is a bit overgrown. Additionally, in some areas, the blue trail markers are spaced quite a distance apart. The combination of the overgrown vegetation and the distance between markers can make the trail difficult to follow in some sections; particularly the southwestern section of the preserve. Overall, the preserve is a lovely place to wander and we will definitely return.

over grown
7 months ago

It was a nice trail, pretty overgrown but you could still see and use the trail. Fern city! It was longer than 2 miles though so that was misleading and it wasn't as easy as the listing says, there was a good amount of uphill and even having to climb up rocks to continue the trap. I wish the trail itself had information on it like many trails do. There's no area for parking and you have to park on the street, but it's a dead end quiet street so not too bad. But will probably go again.

off trail
11 months ago

Mon Dec 31 2018

Beautiful hike. Trail marking is adequate. Uneven terrain. Our dog had fun. We were the only ones on the trail today. Good hiking shoes/boots are a must.

Mon Jul 09 2018

Overgrown... :(

Tue May 22 2018

This is an easy dog friendly and family friendly hike. It's a short 2.1 mile hike that is so green and lush in May that it makes one think that they are in Ireland. The parking at the trail head is very limited. We found room for 1 car only!! See included Photos. The plaque on the huge boulder near the end of the hike was a nice touch.

Sun Aug 13 2017

I wish I could give this a 3.5 stars. It's nice, not great, no outstanding features but the fern beds everywhere are nice. You're also very unlikely to see anyone else while you're out there.

Fri Dec 23 2016

loved it. great scenery and nice brook, trails could be cleaned.

Sat Nov 05 2016

was very nice! lots of leaves on the path but had no problem finding my way.

Sun Jul 10 2016

Amazing felt like I wasn't even in CT! Worth veering off the path.

Wed Jun 22 2016

Loved this little hidden gem! Something to see at every turn.

Tue Mar 22 2016

As a nature reserve, this is a wonderful place to take a walk around. Sometimes the path was obstructed by fallen trees or brambles - not surprising as I went in early spring and there probably hasn't been a good opportunity to clean up after winter. The brook is absolutely lovely. Trail is alright.

Sun Jun 16 2013

A pleasant nature walk that was 2.2 miles by my gps. It took us 1 1/2 hours to do the loop with stops for photos along the way. It begins with a drop to the brook and then an easy climb back up to the ridge top. Lots of flowers and bird songs. Wear boots, it can get muddy in places.

Sat Mar 07 2009

Putting aside quite a few loose dogs, the trail was a clean relaxed walk in a typical eastcoast shoreline setting.

10 months ago

Tue Jun 27 2017

Thu Jun 22 2017