Macedonia Brook Loop is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kent, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet Route Type: Loop

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This park is also a campground with enough space between campsites to give privacy. Camping is in designated space only and off-trail. Note: If you have a dog, especially a larger one, we recommend going clockwise since it may be easier to help your dog down the rocky ledges rather than up.

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 days ago

So, if you plan to do the entire loop, it’ll take you about four hours. It’s extremely strenuous if you’re not an experienced hiker. You’ll go up and down several mountains. You go down hill for a while and right back up. I loved how long the hike was because I like a challenge, however this trail doesn’t offer very much with the exception of the cobble Mountain View of the Catskills. It’s really just good if you want an intense workout. It was hot today so it was very buggy all around and parts of the loop seem so far out into the woods, I started getting nervous, however the trail is VERY well marked and we made it back with plenty of blisters. I would not characterize this as a leisurely hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Views were limited to the beginning for me. Recommend going clockwise

scramble
13 days ago

Great trail. Go counter clockwise scramble at the beginning but wasn’t super hard. A lot of uphills

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely do this counter clockwise. The other way would be murder on the knees. Only one real nice vantage point about 1/3 of the way.

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bugs
scramble
20 days ago

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rocky
scramble
21 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

I would rate this a medium and not hard. Very straightforward trail and not technical at all. There were even many joggers/runners on the trail. Generally agree with everyone to go counter clockwise. But if you have a dog, especially a larger breed, I would recommend going clockwise. Easier to help the dog go down the scramble vs. carrying him/her up on those two specific ledges that are impossible for any dog to climb on their own.

hiking
24 days ago

i love this trail. did counterclockwise. ill rate it moderate. bit of scrambling involved. enjoy!

26 days ago

definitely go counterclockwise - it's easier to ascend the rocky parts early on than desend later on. Also, very few people go counterclockwise so you don't have as much traffic.

hiking
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Very nice place to hike. We went clockwise starting at the southern tip of the loop. Probably easier climbing going counterclockwise so as to climb up the hardest spots rather than down.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Going counterclockwise you do all the hard parts first. It can be a very technical climb so I wouldn’t bring a dog, at least for the climb up cobble mountain. Very well marked.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike! Went on a Wednesday- arrived around 9:30 and finished trail at about 12:45. There were only a few other cars in the entire park and we ran into only one other couple on the trail. We did the trail counterclockwise so that we were going up the scramble to top of Cobble Mtn. Definitely agree w/ others that this part of hike is tough with a dog, but not impossible, especially if your dog is athletic. We brought our 30lb dog and were able to help her up in two spots but she was able to jump up on most parts herself. I will say (although I don’t promote going off trail!) that you could likely go around these tougher spots if you have a dog you can’t lift. Overall an awesome hike, not too challenging.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Nice loop- very wet this morning! Going counter clockwise you start with the difficult parts first- nice scrambling on steep rocks, both up and down. Second half is much easier trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail! Hike closer to 8 miles! Nice views and well marked

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of flies, but amazing trail.

hiking
1 month ago

What an awesome trail! We started counterclockwise from the Southern entrance. We arrived at 9am and there were four other cars in the lot. By the time we left, around 12:15pm, there were easily 20+ cars in just that parking area and along the road, so best to come early! For the most part everyone was mindful of social distancing, it was very easy to pull off to the side if we saw another hiking group. Most of the trail is of moderate intensity, but the stretch up to Cobble Mountain is definitely hard! We weren’t able to stop at the top for long as the bugs were very bad today. We didn’t have cell service at the parking area but my phone picked it up a little ways into the hike. We saw many dogs off leash.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Good hike that was both fun and challenging. There are sections that are more difficult to navigate, especially the rocky scramble on the northeastern part of the loop. We went counterclockwise, so the payoff after the most difficult part of the hike is the view at the top of Cobble Mountain. There are seven ascents along the route, so descents can be challenging as well.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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