Lilinonah Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Lilinonah Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newtown, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

The Lillinonah Trail is a 5.9-mile (9.5 km) Blue-Blazed hiking trail "system" in the lower Housatonic River valley in Fairfield County and, today, is entirely in Newtown. Most of the trail is in the upper block of Paugussett State Forest. The western section of the Lillinonah Trail parallels Pond Brook on high eastern bank running south to north. The northern Lillinonah trail section follows the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah from west to east but turns inland to the southeast before the junction of the Housatonic River with the Shepaug River. Inland the trail traverses a hill to a high point of 480 feet and descends south-east until it reaches the western bank of the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah. The eastern section of the trail follows the western bank of the Housatonic River/Lake Lillinonah until just before a point on the shore to which is anchored a line of buoys to the Shepaug Dam at the southern end of Lake Lillinonah. The southern section of the Lillinonah Trail begins at the Paugussett State Forest parking lot at the end of Echo Valley Road. After skirting a private property lot it generally travel north and west along the Paugussett State Forest upper block boundary.

hiking
19 days ago

What a great day for our first hike of the Spring. Did the entire loop. Took us almost 4 hrs. Would rate on the higher end of moderate in certain area. Overall what a great hike. Definitely one of the best in the area.

2 months ago

Lovely hike, although more challenging than I expected. About 3 miles in I saw a sign saying the trail is closed November to March. Whoops! Posting that sign at the trail head would’ve been nice!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy to walk. Nice view.

trail running
6 months ago

Love this trail. Gorgeous views, low traffic, good blend of technical single-track, decent elevation.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my local favorites. Despite its moderate rating, overall length and terrain make this one of the more challenging hikes in the area. Interesting features include lake views, narrow gorges, boulder fields, forest flats and some steep pitches. Footing is rough in many places due to exposed tree roots and many small rocks.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a lot more challenging than I expected. There wasn't much total gain but was pretty hilly along the back side of the trail by the lake. There were a lot of intersecting trails and I wasn't sure which direction to go in so having this app was really helpful. Bring bug spray! The bugs were really intense. I would also recommend trail shoes or trail boots as there are a lot of really rocky spots and steep hills.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lovely trail through the woods on a sunny 40 degrees day. Went with two friends. Parking lot not plowed but you can get a couple cars in and off the road. Luckily, a smart snowshoer had hit the trail earlier that day or we would have had quite a workout breaking the trail ourselves, not to mention more trouble sticking to the right path. We inadvertently cut across the loop on the map's "dotted" line which shortened the trip but it was still an over 4 mile hike, a large part of which was bordering the lake. As there is currently lots of snow, best to wear higher than ankle boots. You will cross a few small streams.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

I hiked it on a 65 degree February day, and saw a wooden trail sign that said closed December 15 - March 15. Ironically, that sign was probably 1/2 mile in from the Hanover Road entrance.

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not sure why the listing says accessible from April to November. Just finished it few hours ago came across a few billboard areas and never saw mention of that. If there is a lot of snow I could see it being a lot more difficult but it was 40 today and trail was great.

birding
Monday, January 02, 2017

I absolutely love this loop and use it for training for other more serious hikes. It's a great mix of terrain, some lovely views.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Excellent trail on the outer loop with some great challenges. Conflicting info about dogs on/off leash. Saw one sign say "on" yet another said "in control". The information in the app leads me to believe that off leash is fine. That said, it's an awesome trail to bring your dog.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Took my son and did a combination hike and geocaching. Many geocache searches along the way. Moderate hike with ups and downs.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Overall, this was a good hike. We got a good work out despite the fact that there aren't any huge elevation gains, but there are abundant ups and downs. There were many stream crossings, so make sure you have a good pair of waterproof hiking boots on. The picturesque Housatonic River looms in the background through the forest, offering the occasional cool summer breeze.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fun hike with great terrain. The 3.1 miles of the trail that runs along side the lake is great and offers best views and biggest elevation changes. That section is closed until March 15 ( sign posted). Overall nice hike!

trail running
Sunday, October 18, 2015

We did two loops while running the blue blaze loop trail, which totaled approx. 12mi. This is a technical single track trail that is loops and hugs lake Lilinonah for approx 3mi. The trail is ideal for seasoned hikers and experienced trail-runners due its distance and rough terrain in some parts. The full loop offers approx. 900ft of elevation gain and 3 good hill climbs. The trail does intersect with sections freq. used by Mtn. bikers and crosses some yellow blazed trails.

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