Lilinonah Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Lilinonah Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

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.

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18 days 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.

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

birding
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago