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Herrick Trail Preserve via Appalachian Trail Loop

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Sherman, Connecticut

Herrick Trail Preserve via Appalachian Trail Loop is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sherman, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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 8.9 mi Elevation gain 1,574 ft Route type Loop
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1.25 miles to the Housatonic overlook, 1.6 miles to the Appalachian Trail ("AT"), 2.5 miles to Ned Anderson Bridge This moderately steep hike winds through oak/hemlock woodlands from Evans Hill Road and connects to the Sherman portion of the AT. Along the way, Amys Overlook and the Housatonic overlook provide stunning views of the Housatonic River Valley. The trail crosses several small stream courses and skirts the edge of a large vernal pool. Watch for forest interior birds such as worm-eating warblers and ovenbirds, which nest on the steep rocky slopes along the trail. Turn north on the AT (switchbacks downhill) to reach the Ned Anderson Bridge and Bull's Bridge Road.

Route 55 to west intersection with Evans Hill Road, 0.1 mi on left.

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Heather Todd
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We drove all the way from Wolcott to find out the trail is closed.

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K Conrad
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Always enjoyed y that long uphill coming from Bulls Bridge on the AT. Appreciate the work going in to those beautiful stone steps.

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jim wistman
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Parking is adequate for a handful of vehicle. A long gradual ascent brings you to a few very scenic overviews of the Housatonic River Valley; good views in all seasons. bring water. The Herrick Trail is an access trial to the Appalachian Trail, joining at the Ten Mile Summit {which is not very far from NYState border on Route 55}; many folks also hike onward via the AT to Bulls Bridge at Route 7. The Herrick Trail itself has been an out-and-back trail for years, but an extensive new loop trail is being planned to extend the hiking options and showcase massive old specimen trees on the Eastman Parcel. Hurricane Isaias did cause several tree-falls; these have been cleared.

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Mike Lettiere
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Good condition, not too challenging. 24min/mi pace in good weather. Bring water.

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Jake Pham
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This is a difficult trail due to the long climbs. You're mostly hiking under the canopy for most of the hike The scenic views are mostly covered by trees. Don't do this home of you expect spectacular views. The worse part of the trail is that forces you on the main road to complete the second half of the hike.

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Carlos Antonio Castro
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Go to the south of the loop for parking, the GPS tries to take you by the covered bridge, and there’s no parking there. Go by where the little “tail” of the loop is. Beautiful views in the northern part of the trail of the Housatonic. A lot of uphill coming back.

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Andrew Verlezza
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decent elevation gains, with views of the river. bring a fishing rod.

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DRucH .
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went counter clockwise. a good amount of the top of the loop of the trail you have to walk along the road, this in my opinion is not worth it as i hate walking along most roads.

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Husein Becirovic
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Nice view of the Housatonic , however I don’t think it was worthy of the “hard” label. Trail was clearly marked and pretty well maintained. Not many people on the trail, which was a nice perk.

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Kristina Ippolito
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The section on the roadway was not fun - it was actually pretty dangerous.

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Mark Summa
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Fantastic hike! When you can, venture off main trail to the waters edge. Not an easy hike at all, be in shape to enjoy it

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cubicprophet User
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Lots of fun. Went with the fiance some of the trail was a little difficult covered in ice and snow but not horrible

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Peter Warren
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Superb hike this December 27, 2018 day. No snow on the ground. Pretty dry on the trail. But the water in the Housatonic was flowing like crazy. Glad to be able to see it at the start and finish. I could imagine how great this hike would be in the summer and the fall. But it was just great in the winter when you could see out thorough the trees. We started at Bulls Bridge and took the AT to Hoyt Rd. Then we doubled back to Rt 55 and unlike the gentlemen below we walked on the road to Evans Hill. Took the Herrick Trail from there and then hooked up with the AT back to Bulls Head.

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Steve Marsan
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What an awesome spot we trained here before heading out west to hike Havasu Falls great spot challenging at times with elevation change great scenic overlooks best in the fall in my opinion nice and cool and the foliage was amazing. Highly recommended

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Miguel Escala
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Great hike. Love the AT, it’s always busy with through hikers and section hikers like myself. I actually did 9.5 miles under 4 hours all the way down to Hoyt Rd. When you come back, i would recommend not taking that right turn along Highway 55, not only it’s dangerous cause of traffic but pointless. There’s two nice views on Herrick trail, Amy’s lookout and Housatonic overlook. I would just stay on the AT and make a sharp left down (going south to Hoyt rd) Herrick trail and catch both views without walking the highway 55. Also, I would just continue on the AT past Hoyt Rd and hike leather hill for 2.2 miles and come back on the AT all the way Bulls Bridge parking lot. You’ll get plenty mileage and steep climbing. Imo, ofc. Happy hiking :)

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Li Hokanss
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DeannaD Nauer
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beautiful serene walk

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Matthew Conroy
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Hiked from Bull's Bridge to Amy's Lookout and back, so I didn't do the full loop. Really nice easy walk along the Housatonic with some areas where you can get photos of the rapids, then once you get to the Anderson Bridge, where the Ten Mile River empties into the Housatonic things start getting a bit more challenging - sustained climb from there up to the Herrick Trail, with lots of stone steps. The two overviews from the Herrick Trail are definitely worth it. Really nice hike. On the way back I took the Homestead Trail (marked with blue blazes) from the Anderson Bridge.

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Serena Marie
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Beautiful hike

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Peter Harker
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The Housatonic Overlook made the hike a 4 star. In addition, there was enough challenging terrain to have us feel the hike which we like. We got a late start so only went in about 2.5 Miles. Good hike overall.

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Richard Grant
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Good day hike but you can camp out overnight in a tent or in the shelter at 10 Mile River.

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Sue Curtis
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Kim Coles
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Epi Ten
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Joanne Amomonpon
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Derek Hunter
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Connor Roche
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Epi Ten
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Peter Meindl
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