Pine Knob via Appalachian Trail Loop

MODERATE 65 reviews

Pine Knob via Appalachian Trail Loop is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Cornwall, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
770 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

hiking
20 days ago

Great winter hike - loop trail is strenuous enough for a work out and quick enough (90-120 min) to squeeze into a busy day. Nice views of the surrounding hills and a few streams and small waterfalls. Trail is well marked and dovetails with the AT for ~0.5 mile.

23 days ago

Magical especially after a snowfall...

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with beautiful views on top and a nice stream on the way down. Very strenuous in certain points, steep going up to the top

2 months ago

Good workout, nice vistas, well-marked trail, with an interesting brook.

2 months ago

Beautiful views, not a long hike but definitely gets your heart racing. Well marked

2 months ago

Pretty hike, did it counter clockwise, two beautiful views, varied terrain, definitely a heart racing hike so agree with all who say drink plenty of water and pace yourself. Clocked this at 3.9 miles, not 2.6.

3 months ago

Was a really cool quicker hike that still really gets you winded. Decent views, cool topography.

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail with amazing views! I am not sure I agree 100% with the kid friendly aspect, as there are some cliff faces and sheer drops you have to climb as well as go down. Perhaps tweens and up, not too sure about younger though. My dog was able to do this with ease though haha!

hiking
4 months ago

awesome loop trail, fun terrain

hiking
4 months ago

awesome loop trail, fun terrain

4 months ago

Beautiful views, nice climb, the southern leg of the loop features beautiful brook. Lots of hikers today

5 months ago

fabulous !

5 months ago

Beautiful views. Some sections a little difficult but overall a nice hike.

5 months ago

very nice. rough trail. prepare to scramble or climb.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike with 2 seven year olds

6 months ago

Great day hike. Good views of Housitonic River valley

6 months ago

Great day hike. Good views of Housitonic River valley

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome little hike! Gets your blood pumping and your legs working!

6 months ago

Lovely shortish loop. Some steep sections. I agree with another reviewer that the blue blazes were a bit sparse in sections. We had to backtrack once or twice to regain the trail.

I love this loop. It's local to me, so it's my go-to if I just want to get out for a quick hike. For a fairly short and easy loop it offers two nice lookouts with views of the Housatonic river below.
For a longer hike, park at the overnight lot and take the Mohawk trail up to Breadloaf and then follow the AT north to PineKnob.

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