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Penwood State Park Trail

MODERATE 229 reviews
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Penwood State Park Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Simsbury, Connecticut that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,617 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers

off trail
28 days ago

Highly recommend the Metacomet trail. Beautiful views. Dry and rocky.

3 months ago

Nice easy trail

raining and 60 degrees, but knew that going in. still fall in new england and beautiful. highly recommend trekking poles if following blue or purple blazed trails in fall and wet!

mountain biking
4 months ago

recorded Penwood State Park Trail

4 months ago

Beautiful views, awesome trail! Didn’t get to do the whole thing but will definitely be back to walk the entire trail!

over grown
6 months ago

it's a good trekking

8 months ago

Really nice easy hike

9 months ago

It's a good trail in Simsbury area, which is well-maintained and it is not so hard. Nice and scenic outlooks on Simsbury, especially from The Pinnacle will inspire all beauty of Farmington Valley. Recommended.

Mon Jan 14 2019

Went on a rainy day, very foggy, so couldn’t see the view, but gorgeous trails and very easy, would love to do again.

Sun Nov 18 2018

this is the 3rd leg of metacomet,started on wintonbury rd ended up at W H reservoir #6. 8.7 miles, awesome hike ,Penn wood great elevation,great in line hiking,burned1800cals....great day,

Thu Nov 01 2018

Great and challenging trail. I run it quite often because it is the site of the Traprock 50. Make sure you download a map because there are some remote areas that can be confusing.

Tue Sep 25 2018

Was. I e people and dogs . Was just a drop in

Sat Aug 25 2018

Hiked it , liked it. one of my go to hikes when you just need to get out in any season. Take the blue out of the parking lot and follow past the lake, continue on blue up the "stairs ", to the north parking area. Going back south, take the orange to the yellow on the backside of the lake. Yellow gives nice views of the valley below. 7 miles in four hours with time for enjoying the park.

Fri Aug 10 2018

Good hike, 5 miles and back in the rain

Mon Jun 04 2018

Great hike, we did a little over four miles in and out. Used the yellow trail, easy to follow, with a great view at the top.

Fri Apr 13 2018

yellow trail is awesome with nice views

Sun Feb 25 2018

Loved it. Rain and all!

Fri Jul 28 2017

A moderate trail with a view of Hublein tower to the south if on the metacomet. Some loose rock out on the stone staircase passing the wildlife sanctuary. The new england trail dumps out on mountain rd heading north.

Sat Jul 08 2017

Hiked it today with our 13 year old,9 year old and 1 year old puppy!! Great trail, not for the novice hiker. Unlike many of the reviews we did not find the trail to be poorly marked, but rather the opposite. We went on the hike to go geocaching and found 3 out of the 4 we were looking for. We hiked about 4 miles total and we were primarily on the Blue Trail.

Thu May 11 2017

Close to home, and I'm a novice. Will be back, looking forward to conquering all of the trails.

Thu Jul 14 2016

Great easy to moderate trail, we did the blue and orange trails. Only downside is the trees are poorly marked at some areas making it difficult to stay on path. We hiked for a total of 4 hours and I would definitely do it again and recommend it to hikers at all levels. The view is much better than Talcott too!! 5 stars.

Mon Jul 04 2016

I did a 4 mile hike and on way back hiked portion of Metacomet trail. The blue blazed trails are well marked. However the trails are not marked. Would love doing it again.

Sat Apr 30 2016

challenging but awesome

Mon Apr 18 2016

Great experience! We did the blue trail. The peek at the end was well worth it! And loved the option for the road walk on the way back.

Thu Apr 14 2016

Blue trail (Metacomet) is a moderate hike. A few hills to climb. If you hike north past Lake Louise you get the best scenery overlooking the valley.

Mon Apr 04 2016

I have done this hike with a friend, who had a baby in a backpack. We ended up hiking over 4 miles. The only reason I gave it 4 starts and not 5, is the trails aren't always clearly marked and you almost feel as if you are lost. Now that I have done the trail once, it should make the next time easier. The views are beautiful once you get higher up.

Sat Mar 26 2016

Great for exploring through the woods with kids. great balance of challenge and ease.

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