Hillstead Museum Trails is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length1.3 miElevation gain114 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric siteNo dogs
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Flat and easy strolling. Beautiful wildflower meadows and views of the hills around Farmington as well as the lovely Pope-Riddle house which constitutes the must-see Hill-Stead Museum. Trails are free to access from the museum parking lot. There are a variety of small interconnecting loop trails through woods, meadows, and wetlands. Great bird watching. Also accessible to though hikers from the Blue Trail which abuts the property. This loop is a combination of the Bittersweet, Woodland, Swamp Oak trails.

Free parking at the museum.

Museum is on Mountain Rd in the village of Farmington.

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Kacey Cairns
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There are boards that look like they used to have informational history facts that are no longer there, which they were. Still very pretty. Currently going under construction. Baby lambs were adorable.

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Chi Yu Yang
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Annmarie Goenne
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HikingMuddy

ample parking when I arrived after 1p. trails are MUD and there were a few wood planks placed to walk on intermittently. (ankle deep in some areas and several feet at a time in length) one area still had snow and ice. A few trees down along the path to walk over/climb over. amist the proximity of rt 4 it was very quiet on the trail. There were a few inclines, but overall easy walk more than hike. on one trail before the bittersweet trail, to the left were more than 6 large trees down. I will return to see all the flowers in the summer.

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Kyle Anthony
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Pretty muddy out, but great weather. Very short hike and not very strenuous.

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Bill Cousineau
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Nice short hike, very icy today 3/4. Some road noise.

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Shari Austin
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SnowshoeingGreat!

2nd time we snowshoed on Saturday. Nice trail to practice on and weather was beautiful. Did lose an earring though. If anyone finds it please let me know at austinsl79@gmail.com :-)

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Mary Bernegger
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1st time here... Maybe it’s different in warmer weather. Short, sweet... Maybe there’s more scenic trails I missed.

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Emily Archambault
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At one point walking along a field was a nice surprise

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Parker Smith
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Walking

Cute well maintained trail with an opportunity to see some sheep if you take one of the offshoots. Watch for ice though!

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Deborah Powers
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Steven Rothman
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A little mud and a bit close to automobile traffic, but it's better than sitting on my butt watching Netflix.

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Alexandra Allen
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Jerrod Cattey
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Beautiful little network that makes for an easy connection to the Metacomet

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Brandi Wirz
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Hiking

Awesome trails for snow showing! Beautiful scenery. Well marked!

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jason kelly
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Hiking

nice, easy, bring your boots

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Jason User
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Kiki Nugent
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Beautiful, just very rocky under the leaves.

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Shari mahon
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Jamie Meyers
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Nature trips

Easy trails to walk, pretty well-maintained. Pretty grounds. Sometimes the trails are a little bit wet when there’s been rain but we don’t have to worry about that right now. There are more trails than mapped so you can walk further if you so desire.

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Heather Price
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The trails close at 5:30. I tried to check it out one day after work and as soon as I pulled in I was asked to leave.

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Deanna Steeves Dewey
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Walking

Good little trail. Took bittersweet loop to woodland trail. Some grass trails some rocky dirt trails. Easy, quick walk with the dog. Property around the house is quite pretty. Sunken garden is pretty too.

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Allicia Breton
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Allicia Breton
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Nishanth C
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Julianne Yue
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WalkingGreat!
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Amanda Brown
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this place is beautiful!!!! nice afternoon walk!!! small hills but nothing crazy!!!! would love to go back in and see the art!!!!! Someday!!!!!

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Gareth Fell
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WalkingGreat!

nice after work walk . on a warm August evening.

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Amy Eveland
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Running

cute trail. some muddy spots but easily maneuvered around them. quiet, relaxing jog through nature

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Mellie Dexter
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Susan Powers
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Very lovely grounds and trails. They are very muddy for long stretches. No way around the mud and it is over your shoes. This is the second time I have been there this spring. I won’t go back again to hike. Just for the gardens and scenery.

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