Natchaug Trail around Pine Acres Lake

EASY 28 reviews

Natchaug Trail around Pine Acres Lake is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hampton, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful park! I ended up taking blue to white/blue (the white/blue trail was VERY rocky on the way back). Easy to moderate hike with well marked/maintained trails and lots of signage and maps to help you along the way. There were a multitude of ferns, asters and giant old trees. I did this in the fall and the foliage was gorgeous. I'd love to come back in the winter and explore it again with snowshoes.

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road biking
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hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

camping
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

walking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

walking
Monday, June 20, 2016

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Make sure you look at a map before you start your hike. There are a lot of different ways to get to the "island". The hike out to the island and back is quite a ways, my Fitbit said 5.9 miles total. This was a lot further than we anticipated. There were a lot of snakes around the marshy area leading up to the island platform. The parking lot is small and I am sure it fills up in the summer time. These trails would be great to bike on, they are very flat and wide.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

This well marked picturesque hike featured woodlands and marshes, and ponds. The trails are speckled with kiosks denoting your current location. This is a great feature for hikers that failed to bring a map. Like other reviewers mentioned, we parked off of Potter Road and followed several trails that took us up and around Pine Acres Pond and then around Brown Hill Marsh before completing the loop and getting back to the car. Governor's Island featured an observation platform that we enjoyed a picnic lunch on. I would rate the trails as easy to hike and easy to follow. Some of these hiking trails are shared with horses so you have to be alert at all times as to where you are stepping. This is quite annoying as your attention is drawn away from the scenery, and wildlife and refocused on avoiding these droppings. We did this hike in early March and look forward to returning again when the leaves are out and the wildlife more active. The kiosk near the Potter Street Parking lot has some maps (black and white). This is good except it's hard to tell the difference when the trails are color coded. I recommend going to http ://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/education/goodwin/goodwintrailsmap.pdf and printing out your own map.

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016