Pomperaug - Oxford Loop Trail

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Jackson Cove Park

Pomperaug - Oxford Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stevenson, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.1 miElevation gain856 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsBlowdownRockyScramble
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There is very limited parking on Fiddlehead Rd and you may need a parking pass to park at Jackson's Cove depending on season. The trail offers nice views of the lake and streams, it is well marked with blue blazes and has a scenic overlook over Lake Zoar. Be aware you will have to cross the streams in some parts. Pomperaug Trail, blue blaze from Jackson's Cove to Fiddlehead Rd.

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Judy Ferri
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Hiking

The trails are very clearly marked with a good amount of switchbacks to make it challenging.

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Meghan Krebs
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Hiking

Little wet and leaves were a little slick, but nice short trek...great for kids who want something with a little challenge

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Stephen Gelinas
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HikingGreat!

very difficult and dangerous.Many rocks and difficult areas.Very strenuous.

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Travis Ruggiero
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I did this last Saturday, after a week of rain. The abundance of wet leaves made this pretty technical, but all-in-all this was a great hike and pretty challenging on the way back. The only issue I had, was that it is more of an out and back with a loop at the end, there was not a complete loop that I could find.

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Patrick Tutek
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Hiking

A little slippery due to the recent rain but overall a good time.

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Mark Davis
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Hiking

First time on this trail. Beautiful trail, but wouldn't recommend it unless you like hiking for hiking's sake. which I do. highly variable up and down trail, which kept things interesting. came tantalizingly close to nice views of Lake Zoar, but never rewarded one with a true view. that is the reason I gave it only 4 stars. make sure you allocate almost two hrs for the hike. it took me 1:43. at normal pace would have been 1:20. the trail is often hard to follow and footing can often be very tricky, especially this time of year when leaves obscure the path. I would not want to be on this trail at dusk. it was hard to follow trail markings even in late afternoon fall sunshine. lots of trail markings, but don't follow normal conventions and often aren't where you would expect them or need them. hiking boots and poles highly recommended.

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Caitlyn Hauswirth
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Hiking

Stay to the left when you enter and you’ll be on the trail. Fairly rocky, nice loop!

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Lisa C
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HikingRockyScramble

Well marked trail - if you are looking for a challenging hike in the woods with inclines and rocks, this is it for- for parking when you get to the fiddlehead cul de sac, look for the trail marker in the woods - there are two parking spaces for hikers but it seems that you could park on the street without a problem

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Mary Miller
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Hiking

Nice walk in the woods. Limited views this time of year. Lots of up and downs with rocks.

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Taniya Singh
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HikingScramble

Good challenging hike. A lot of ups and downs which is exactly what we were looking for. Not easy to see the views. Also you need to park at the cul-de-sac which confused us at first because we thought it was going to be along a road but worked out well. the trail is also really well marked!

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Nate Roth
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Hiking

Nice quite trail. If there are boaters out on the river you can hear them for portions of the hike. Some nice rock climbs. Only downside is that there are not many good views of the river.

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Alexandra Wilcox
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Hiking

Great trail!!

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Brian Kimmey
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RunningBlowdownRockyScramble

A very fun technical hiking trail that is sure to keep you on your toes. Plenty of rugged singletrack, rocky scrambles and stream crossings to keep you engaged. A few downed trees from the last storm were on the trail as well. Unfortunately the views weren’t that great and mostly obscured by trees. The trail is 3.7 miles (not 4.5 as others seem to suggest) as long as you don’t get lost.

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stuart ratcliff
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HikingMuddyOff trailPrivate propertyRockyScramble

By all means yes its a moderate hike I would not say in any terms this is easy. Its a challenge in places you got some steep incline hills and a few where your going rocks and around cliffs. the good news is you get the view of the lake in two sections one is better than the other . second plus is yes their was a loop but you don't know about the loop unless you follow blue all the way to Jackson cove beach because it blue and white which no one mentioned. the down falls is the parking one little space blocks the trail you can park on the road but do not block the drive way. I gave it a four since its marked and blazed well. many trees down with the hurricane

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Ming Li
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Hiking

The entrance of this trail is a little bit hard to find out. All the signs along the trail are pretty good. The trail is well maintained. It is a very quiet trail and we didn't see a lot of people there.

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Kris K
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HikingBugsRocky

Seems like a nice trail, moderate terrain as it’s somewhat rocky. Bugs were a bit much today. Will return to go further on a less hot and humid day! Dog-friendly!

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Tommy T
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Hiking

Nice moderate trail with lots of different types of terrain. you can go from rock heavy to a mossy grove in 10 minutes. WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES. You will be crossing through water, and some of the rocks can be a bit rough. will definitely be back for the fall

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Mia Sara
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HikingRocky

Great trail! Lots of fun changes in terrain - definitely keeps you on your toes! There are a few challenging spots - a couple due to erosion and about half of the little loop at the end is very steep. Overall, I would say moderate is right on.

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Jeffrey Coyle
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HikingRocky

Distance of trails on this app are ALWAYS wrong along with elevation. Always tack on an extra mile with any trail you do. This one was 4.5 miles and elevation was closer to 1,150. Decent trail. Won’t be back.

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- 7 months ago

Thanks for your feedback. This trail has been reviewed and updated to reflect the comments in this review.

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Natalie Asarisi
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HikingBugsRockyWashed out

Very rocky. And it is not even close to 3.7 miles or 800+ elevation. I got 4.28 miles with 1,154 feet. Do not listen to other recordings they are always wrong. Just my advise. I wanted a short quick hike this was not that because I followed a review.

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