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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.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,735 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Getting There

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.

Picnic Pavilions, Camp Sites, Camp Office, Water

Camp Office is (860) 424-3238

Follow Route 341 west from the intersection of Route 341 and Route 7 in the center of Kent. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook Road and Fuller Mountain Road. Look for park signs.

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Reviews (358)
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Carina Damm
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HikingGreat!

Great hike! Easiest to walk clock wise. Quite difficult in the end getting down (sliding on big rocks) - mainly among the trees - but stunning views twice

Adela Mou
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Hiking

Very solid trail with short challenging sections. There are a lot of downed trees that you have to by pass because of the recent storm

Joe Lafleur
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Decent hike with limited over looks. Good shoes are a must have and there are some technical parts. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Lots of trees to climb over due to the recent storm. Bring bug spray!

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Steve (hikertrashsteve)
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Hiking

Not bad at all. Only two views.

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Allison Holder
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HikingRockyScramble
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Yi Pu
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Hiking

Definitely a nice and challenging trail. Did it counter clockwise on 6/20 and there weren’t many people on the trail at all. It doesn’t have a tons of views and most of the time hiking in the woods.

Kim K
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HikingBugsOver grown

Clockwise is easier, 2 x views (180 degress), wasn't crowded at all, hiked on Jun 13th Sat at 10 am. 35% hiked with dogs, stopped by Hilltops Pond for snacks. It wasn't hard at all.

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joseph tatusko
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Majerli Becker
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HikingBugsRocky

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.

Eric Battista
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Hiking

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

Susan Martin
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Scramble

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

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Monica Sciacca
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Hiking

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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Jaime Willadsen
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HikingBugsScramble
christopher parrella
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Thomas Sy
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Hiking

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.

Joanne Amomonpon
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Hiking

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

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Charlie Meredith
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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.

Nic K
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HikingRockyScramble

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.

Carlos Antonio Castro
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HikingRockyScramble

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.

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Sarah P.
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HikingBugsRocky

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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