Green Circle Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Green Circle Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Washington Depot, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

Steep Rock Preservation's Green Circle trail is a 3.0 mile out and back / loop trail shaped like a tear drop that is good for walking & hiking in Washington Depot, CT. Steep Rock Preservation's Green Circle trail (so called because the blaze is a green circle) is a 3.0 out and back / loop trail that generally follows the banks of the Shepaug River in Washington Depot, CT. The trail begins in a former rail bed, which follows the river for approximately 1.0 mile. The trail then becomes more strenuous and horses are no longer allowed. The trail loops back on itself and returns to its original starting point.

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21 days ago

Gorgeous trail, well marked, reasonably challenging in places. If you're directionally challenged, be sure to bring a printed map and compass, as there is no service and you'll want to explore trail offshoots. The transition at the end of the loop is disorienting! We found this trail relatively free of bugs with one application of spray in the early afternoon, but the yellow trail was intolerable on the way out at 6pm.

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1 month ago

I took the yellow trail loop from the W. parking area to Summit Peak, across the river and then back on the E. bank. A nice hike with a moderate climb to the peak rewarded with a great view. Interesting sites with varying terrain made for a nice day

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2 months ago

The trail is very scenic, with lots of nature to look at.

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3 months ago

It was a nice hike. Shorter than I expected. It makes a good proposal spot. If you love her, propose. Don't wait for the right moment. Take it from me. The right moment is yesterday.

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3 months ago

We did some of the yellow dot and some of the green dot. The trails were in excellent condition, even if it did rain the day before, and the hike was very enjoyable. They were also well marked. The green circle trail gets a little narrow by the river, but offers a great flat walk through the pines. The suspension bridge between yellow and green was very neat to walk on.

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3 months ago

Beautiful trail! Such a wonderful surprise, had never heard of the park previously.
Completed an almost 4.5mi loop that followed yellow circle, blue square, and green circle trails. Majority of the trail followed the old railroad track so it was mostly wide and flat, soft ground cover. A portion of the green circle was a bit steep, narrow, and required climbing over some rocks, so older folks or those with joint problems may want to avoid that section.
Passed through the railway tunnel, which was even cooler than anticipated, then followed the loop back over the tunnel to the footbridge. Stopped to wade in the river a bit to cool off.
Portions of the yellow circle have some car traffic, and many sections allow horses.
Plenty of folks were out to enjoy the near perfect weather when we were there, but it never felt too crowded, still plenty of moments to enjoy the peace and quiet.

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3 months ago

Great trail some light climbing over rocks if you follow the green circle trail. It also has several other trails.