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Hop Brook Dam Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Naugatuck, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

Very easy, kid friendly hike around Hop Brook Lake. Trail maps available at park entrance and trail head at top of dam/ranger station.

Route 84 to Route 63 Naugatuck/Middlebury. Take Rt 63 towards Naugatuck and follow signs to Hop Brook Dam. Park is aprox. 5 minutes down Route 63 on the left. The ranger station/dam is another minute or two up the road.

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Reviews (118)
Photos (130)
Recordings (103)
Completed (150)
Anna Paulhamus
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Hiking

This trail is a little bit unusual. It starts off really nice and it’s beautiful but then it switches to a paved public path around the lake. Some areas are close to the road and there are a lot of people in some areas. Also this trail includes portions that are literally in the water and it’s very difficult to navigate if you don’t swim. I would say that you have to blaze your own trail sometimes since I wasn’t swimming. I can see how it would be very fun if you are going to swim some of it and then walk some of it though. I may come back and do that again sometime. But I wasn’t planning on swimming today and I didn’t read thoroughly that parts of the trail are through the lake and of course the lake is shut down right now. Nobody’s allowed to get into the water because of Covid. Overall it wasn’t for me but it’s not a bad trail. It’pretty pup

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Robert DiNicola-Guerrera
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Hiking

The trail outlined on this app is terrible. It brings you up by the rocks at dam, into the woods with unmarked trails and than you’ll find yourself walking through 3ft + weeds to get to the other side where the asphalt starts again. Other than that, easy way to start the day. Not as many buds as I expected. Some noise pollution from Straits Turnpike can be heard but isn’t too bothersome. Seating by the water can be used for meditation. I got here at 7:30am and saw 3 other people walking the the paved strips.

Emily Dore
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HikingOff trail
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Taylor Boucher
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Hiking

Poorly marked and hard to follow on the map once you hit the dam, had to double back and go through grassy area with barely any trail to get back to the paved area. Dog had fun, but don’t think I’d return, not woodsy enough.

Cathy Carmichael
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Hiking

Try as I might I still cannot find the portion of this trail that takes you over the dam. Nice hike though. Many birds and wildflowers.

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Kaitlyn Sengphilom
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

Nice trail to walk on the pavement, but once you get to the tip you have to cross the dam and there’s no clear cut trail to get back on track. So we had to walk off trail through brush and trees, and the land isn’t very flat. But once you get back on track it’s a paved trail

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Linda Steck
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Hiking

Have walked all trails. On the North Trail saw three white tailed deer. They were beautiful. My dog enjoys the trails very much. Some are a little muddy but not bad.

Caitlyn G
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Hiking

Great hike! Muddy in parts. Good for all ages. Take the blue trail for easy and take red for hard.

Michael L
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Walking

Great walk with lots of options

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Michael grandieri
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Hiking

nice hilly trail that's easy to do. links to a few other loops.

K inoa
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not crossings under the dam need to return to the starting point near the beach ....nice hiking area i like the wetlands trail...

George Rivera
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HikingIcySnow

The park is closed so there is not maintained. Too much ice on the road. We need to wait the the snow the melt.

Clara Giroux
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Hiking

Great trail! It was mostly a gravel/tarmac path around the water, I was only in the woods for a little bit. It’s great for a nice leisurely walk. My 8 year old dog did more than fine on it.

John Gribbin
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HikingBridge outFloodedMuddy

Park is very flooded today, blue trail (wetlands) is flooded at the bridge. Had to double back.

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John Gribbin
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Hiking

Fun, generally flat easy trail. This was my first time out on this one, I ignored the AllTrails suggested trail and followed the blue trail out of the parking lot, followed by circling back on the yellow and then red trail. Definitely would have explored more if it weren’t for sunset, looking forward to coming back soon and checking out some of the other trails I passed today. Lots of wildlife, my dog was enthralled by our many deer and squirrel sightings. Would recommend!

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Cathy Carmichael
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Hiking

This is my second try. I cannot find the trail that leads over the dam. There are signs for trails but nothing for the hop brook dam trail. I will keep trying though as the area is beautiful.

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Kate Costello
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HikingBugs

I have no idea how anyone could follow your terrible map. I did my own thing.

Jennie Gilbert
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Hiking

My favorite go to spot only because it’s close to home. Nice workout but not much to see. Clearly marked and no matter which trail you go on it all loops back.

Leonela Rivera
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Hiking

Was a great workout this am and saw more of the park than I knew was available for picnicking with grills set up. So happy I downloaded this app

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Elgin Clock
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HikingOff trail

It took a bit of doing to get this hike "Verified Complete" status, as the original trail doesn't exist along the back side of the lake, and/or the person recording this went on a restricted area under the tower near the dam. None-the-less, the hike I took was pretty nice (albeit much longer) and my route took me from the entrance parking lot of the park, all the way down past the lake, up to the Oronoke Road gate, and then back to the meadow / spillway area. I then took the blue trail overlooking the back side of the lake (through the trees) over the paved road on top of the dam, followed Rt. 63 for a bit right before the Middlebury line, and went back down to the lake via the yellow trail. Once along the lake again, I went to the bottom of the dam (down the hill from the admin. building near the dam) and that's when it started pouring out! I ran to the closest picnic pavilion I found where I randomly stumbled upon a party attended by a friend. Small world... After the rain let up a bit, I made my way to one of the park bathrooms, made use of the hand dryer to dry out all my gear, and at least my hands since the rest of my body was soaked, and then I made my way to "West Trail" up along Rt. 63 through the woods. Came out back on the main road in the park, and worked my way back up to the parking lot near the entrance again. All in all, a fun day, but I need to go back and finish taking pictures of the last 25% of the hike & see that last portion again in a non-drenched state.

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Melissa Headrick
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Hiking

Trail 5 Wetland to a VERY STEEP North Trail 6. Recommend 5 back and forth for beginners.

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Melissa Headrick
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Hiking

Meadow Trail (yellow dot) seems pretty steep but short. Did not take West Trail this time. Trail 5, 7 and 6 last time was awesome.

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Edgar Hankel
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The disc golf baskets are a plus

D Keyworth
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Hiking

First time here. Easy walking but no maps anywhere. Noise from the road traffic was bothersome. Be aware of lots of dead trees. Trails are not well marked so we didn't venture too far off the road itself. Might try it again in the spring.

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