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Gillette Castle Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near East Haddam, Connecticut that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 223 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

blowdown

bridge out

muddy

over grown

washed out

hiking
17 days ago

I walked through with a friend, and we tried to walk every little trail we could find on the property. We went on a chilly day with off/on rain and it was still lovely. There are hidden gems all over the place. A little more maintenance of the parks features would be nice. It was disappointing to see collapses bridges and crumbling stonework. Still a great place to walk through, an easy hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy to get lost but still nice

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool to see Gillette Castle, we came in from the road during off peak. They have a ferry you can take to the Castle for a more dramatic arrival. Very pretty waterfall! The hiking was very easy and impossible to get lost! Easy for kids and there a some picnic tables.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool spot and castle. Trails everywhere, would be seriously difficult to get lost out here.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

Trail was well kept and quiet. Nice picnic areas. Alot of people walking dogs.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

Trails at Gillette Castle are in terrible condition. They have not been maintained as they were in the past. The trails are overgrown with thorny brush. There are fallen trees blocking some trails and branches down all around the surrounding woods and trails. There are leaning trees waiting to fall. We walked by a small section of bridge that was collapsed. We were so disappointed to see lack of maintenance. It had been a few years since we were there last, but these used to be really nice trails. I would not recommend hiking them until the park service does some serious trail maintenance. They don't appear to be closed, but they should be!

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

Some trails were very good. some trails are blocked off because of deforestation going on y the State. Some bridges are closed for repair.

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely loop (yes, there is a loop) through the woods Very easy perfect for kids and non-hikers

hiking
bridge out
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Trails were clearly marked, with the exception of trail splits. These were not marked well. Parts were overgrown and had fallen trees across the path.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This was a unique hike which mixed man made scenery with scenic woodlands and river scenes. The intricate stone walls and castle itself are a testament to the craftsmanship of the stone masons. The rail trail offered a few benches to rest and enjoy your surroundings. Again Alltrails saves the day with the GPS. As others have noted, there are no trail markings and there is a spiderweb of trails. It was a very enjoyable hike that I will definitely repeat another day.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful easy trail!

hiking
9 months ago

Fun for the whole family!

hiking
bridge out
bugs
closed
over grown
washed out
10 months ago

Gillette Castle was beautiful and so were the views from it. The trails on the other hand were not well marked. This is not a loop and they should stop advertising as such. Some trails closed do to decayed bridges which is really sad. I gave it a five because I enjoyed the Castle the rest (trails) you can skip nothing much to see.

11 months ago

Stunning!

Sun May 19 2019

easy, beautiful view.

hiking
Wed Feb 20 2019

Beautiful place

hiking
Sat Dec 01 2018

7-18, This trail map was not clear to follow. The trail was also not marked or maintained very well. Gillette’s castle itself was beautiful and I’m very happy we went. The views of the water were great. Took us a little over 45 mins

hiking
Thu Oct 11 2018

Little spiderweb of trails, Take a picture of the trail map to help yourself out. Pleasant walk in the woods and the beginnings of some nice fall colors.

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