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Canfield Meadow Woods is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Deep River, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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1) From the parking lot take the yellow trail 2) Right onto blue trail 3) Right onto black trail 4) Right onto orange trail and when it splits go right towards Book Hill 5) Right onto blue trail (will bring you to the farthest point before heading back) 6) Right onto green trail 7) Left onto Silver Link Trail * You have completed the loop and now heading back onto trails you have already been on* 9) left onto black 10) left onto blue 11) left onto yellow

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Reviews (85)
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Recordings (92)
Completed (112)
Rebecca Slevin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

Great trails here and always a beautiful view. I would highly recommend! Been hiking there for about a year now and nice work out

Laura Thachin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 13 2020
HikingBugs

Wonderful trail - we (includes 4 year old) hiked this as alternate to the Bushy Hill Pond Red Loop which was closed due to COVID-19. The trail head we used had a tiny parking lot (about 4 cars).

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Phillip Simmons
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 08 2020
Hiking

Hiked the preserve (basically this loop) from the Eagle Ridge Drive entrance. I hiked the northern part of the preserve a few weeks ago and didn't want to retrace the steps I'd done then. See my recording from today (June 8, 2020). Trails are well marked except for some confusion around the orange and yellow trails near castle rock. Google Maps (surprisingly) to the rescue! Unlike the northern part, the southern part has a lot of trails that are really narrow footpaths - really nice. Only encountered 3 people the entire time. BONUS: The Preserve places good printed maps in mailboxes at the trailheads.

Carol Walley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue May 26 2020
Hiking

This trail had everything! Some serious elevation to get your cardio workout, the biggest tree I’ve ever seen, little babbling brooks... no muddy crossings and i grabbed half a dozen geocahes along the way! Just wondering... why is it called “book hill”?

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Reba Isaacson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun May 10 2020

Quintessential Connecticut trail with stone walls, secondary succession, wildflowers, glacial deposits, and we even startled a herd of white tail deer (flags flying). Lots of trail options. Pay attention; it's easy to get onto another trail. Well maintained, good markers.

Julia Morrison
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue May 05 2020
Hiking

Leisurely and quiet trail, would be good for dogs or kids. Trail is well marked but gotta pay attention to all the intersections. We took a wrong turn at the end by accident, but a fun hike!

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Zack Plourde
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue May 05 2020
Hiking

Awesome, easy.

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Steve P
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Mar 28 2020
Hiking

This preserve has loads of small side trails and there is no one main trail to complete this 3.7 mile loop. I had to constantly look at my phone to see if I was on the designated route for this loop. I have suggested they add the following turns to the description so you don't have to do what I did. Here they are: 1) From the parking lot take yellow trail 2) Rt onto Blue 3) Rt onto Black 4) Rt onto Orange. When the trail splits go Rt towards book hill 5) Rt onto Blue 6) Rt onto Green (you are now at the farthest point of trip) 7) Left onto Silver 8) Left onto Black 9) Left onto Blue 10) Left onto Yellow bringing you back to car

Sara Meredith
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HikingFlooded
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miro jurgasik
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Feb 23 2020
Hiking

cute place, highly recommended,

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Mark Brucker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Feb 08 2020

nice scenery and moderate difficulty, some small hills but overall nothing too extreme.

Justin Wadja
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Feb 03 2020
Hiking

Very nice loop trail. Lots more to explore though. Love the info plaques along the trail. Nice touch and you get to learn a little history while hiking. Come join our adventures at A Better Life on Fb.

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D P
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Sep 05 2019
Hiking

Great hike. Good elevation throughout the entire trail. Enjoyable bug free hike for me.

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Mackenzie Slane
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Aug 26 2019
Hiking

Great variety of trail options and ability to change the length of your walk but not much noteworthy on the loop that we did

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Thomas Pullman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 04 2019

Hike here often.Good up and downs.Well marked trails.

Wyatt M
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Jun 02 2019
Hiking

Lightly trafficked, rolling elevation, and versatile combination of trails to vary the distance.

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Sandy Gignac
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jan 27 2019
Hiking

Nice parking lot on Rte 154 in Essex, CT, well maintained trails, wonderful look out tower at top of Book Hill, watch your trail markers as there are several different colors going in different directions, my little dog loved it, I didn’t do the loop - I went from parking lot to Book Hill lookout tower and back - took me 1 1/2 hrs, very enjoyable.

Liz Plonka
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 08 2017

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Jennifer Hernandez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Feb 27 2017
Hiking
Karen Buroff
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFri Oct 14 2016
Hiking

one of my favorite local hikes

Lori Raffles
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Aug 21 2016

it was good. Would like to find more hills but beautiful with many options.

Jesse Nye
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Running

I live near here and love these woods. I find it especially good for trail running (see my loop below). The summit has a view of Essex (better in winter). There are three trail heads.

Shannon Glorioso
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Aug 15 2016
Hiking

I go in this trail quite often and it is great all year. Decent climbs, views, and wildlife. Trails are all well-marked and there are plenty of choices. Personal favorites include Eagle Hill and the viewing platform dedicated to a loved one who passed on the green trail.

Jason Hale
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Hiking
Mantis Toboggan
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Hiking
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Spencer Sacrey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 15 2020
Hiking
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