Jessie Gerard Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Jessie Gerard Trail is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Barkhamsted, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

The starts at East River Road near the old Indian Settlement known as Barkhamsted Lighthouse. The right trail fork goes through the lighthouse site and continues northerly to the Chaugham Lookouts. The left trail fork climbs more directly to the overlooks by 299 stone steps. The views from this area are some of the best in the state. Continuing north, the trail passes between the Veeder Boulders to the picnic area on Greenwoods Road. Distance - 1.3 miles.

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25 days ago

First 800 feet is all vertical over natural and man-made Stone steps. The rest of the way along the trail is easy with multiple viewpoints including a chance to sign in the logbook. Took the Quarry Road to lighthouse trail. Halfway down the Quarry Road I startled a beer which was 50 feet to the right of me. Connected to the lighthouse trail back to the starting point.

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2 months ago

A good bit of time is spent on a paved road, but it's otherwise a very nice trail with some open views. We saw two bear cubs from a safe distance!

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2 months ago

Great little trail that can be completed in a couple of hours on a nice day. The initial part from the River Road trailhead is great to get the heart pumping. Takes about 30 mins to get to the 1st overlook and then it's an easy walk the rest of the way. Start from the other end if you want a gentler hike.

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2 months ago

Very nice views

2 months ago

Great trail- cool views at the top. saw coyotes and a porcupine when I went a few days ago!

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3 months ago

Incredibly well marked, and easy to follow. There were a couple steep parts, but the views from both outlooks were 100% worth it.

3 months ago