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Pootatuck State Forest Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Fairfield, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 787 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Hilly terrain with great features. Pootatuck State Forest is almost 1,200 acres. It is located primarily in New Fairfield, with a small portion in Sherman. The main block of the Forest rises steeply from the western shore of Squantz Pond. Most of the Forest was acquired in the 1920s for about $10 per acre. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established a work camp at nearby Squantz Pond State Park. The CCC was very active in the Forest. They planted trees, built roads and fire ponds, salvaged dying chestnut trees for posts and poles, and did forest thinning to produce firewood.

Access is through Squantz Pond State Park. Additional non-paved parking and access is available off Shortwoods Road and Pine Hill Road.

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Marisa Hernandez
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Hiking

Section with pebble road is boring, but other side of trail is great. Pretty challenging hike too.

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Hans Vredeling
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HikingGreat!

The most beautiful hike I have been on since visiting New Zealand!

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Michael Schaner
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Erica Digrazia
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Great location, parking was easy. Definitely moderate. (Especially with three kids, not an easy trail!!!) Great hills though!!

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Joseph Higham
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Jess Paoli
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Not easy, really more like moderate. Tail blazes are confusing, if you take a right at the beginning goes from red to yellow to blue. couldn't find the blue blazes after the overlook and ended to looping back and not completing trail. Beautiful overlook. Will hike again, start on left side next time along the fire trail.

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Tina Valentine
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Not an easy trail.

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KI .
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HikingRocky

Great views of the lake and valleys below worth going a bit further than alltrails map suggests.

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Lynn Sheeran
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Short hike with little elevation to a beautiful scenic overlook. I took the blue all the way down to the lake and then the forest road back up. Added a little mileage and a lot of elevation gain. View all along are probably stunning in winter.

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Tingwei Chang
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice trail! Arrived around the noon time and got the 2nd last parking spot. Trees are mostly just about to sprout, so we didn't see the best spring scenery as we anticipated. Maybe in 2-3 weeks will be better. Wanted to hike longer distance so we took the bigger loop (Orange - Yellow - Blue) and also descended to the lake shore. The "trail" down to the shore is not maintained. Lots of logs and you need to find your way down. But it's not impossible. The view by the shore is much better and great for the lunch break. We hiked back up to the road along the stream that flows into the lake. Going up is actually easier and you can see the beautiful (small) waterfall. The viewpoint on the blue trail was the highlight for sure. Bring a binocular if you have one. We also saw a beautiful blue jay on our way back.

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Kevin Pimpinelli
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Hiking

Fun trail. Add on the blue and yellow trails to add a bigger loop and more elevation.

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Matthew Conroy
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice short hike to a pretty spectacular view of Squantz Pond and Candlewood Lake. I took the red to the blue trail - out to the great open overview - then back on the yellow trail until you reach the woods road. Hang a left there and it’ll take you back to the parking area. There were quite a number of unmarked side trails going off in various directions. I took one small detour off the red trail but otherwise stuck to the marked trails. There are no maps available at the trailhead and the map that is there is really poor, so having AllTrails up was very handy. A very nice reward on this hike for minimal effort. Not crowded at all.

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Amina Bursese
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Hiking

Very easy trail should be marked easy not moderate in my opinion. Very beautiful! Also a bit disappointed because I choose it based on the fact dogs didn’t have to be on leash from the description but when we arrived it is posted that dogs must be on leash.

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Jennifer Port
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Hiking

easy to make into a longer Loop with various options colon using the Fire Road and the blue and yellow trails.

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Ita K
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Walking

We found this last minute, and weren't disappointed. Cute little trail, great for dogs, very lightly trafficked. if you're looking to not see many people at all. I suggest this.

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Ej Mac
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Hiking

This is a great trail for hikers of most abilities! limited steep points and very dog friendly. Starting from the pine hill parking lot go right at the first fork then follow anyway you please until you find the sign for the blue trail! Has been almost completely cleared since the tornado

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Val Finley
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loved it, scenic moderate hike, nice workout going back up the mountain!

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Samantha Gotthardt
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Brenna Plank
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trails not marked well

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David Rysz
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Hiking

Good place to get some serious exercise with the trails going up and down the mountain.

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Andrew Davis
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There are other patches of land off of the main section. They're on Short Woods and Beaver Bog. Parking for the main section is always free on Pine Hill Road plus it puts you at the top of the mountain. It cost around $6 to park at Squantz Pond.

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Geoffrey Hearn
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There are many trails available in this area. You can spend 30 mins doing a loop or go exploring and spend a good amount of the day in the woods. Nothing special unless you are making the trek to the lookout by Squantz Pond, then there is a spectacular view.

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Lynne Allen
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Patrick Izzo
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Michael Tricarico
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Brian Gannon
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Chris Clisby
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Nicholas Kaufman
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