Richard Goodwin Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near East Haddam, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,335 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Richard Goodwin trail start to finish.

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2 months ago

We hiked this trail with 10 children ranging from ages 3-12. There is a small river along the side of the trail so there was a lot for the kids to see and they even went wading in one part of the river. The trails are beautiful and it was great exercise for the kids. Although the hike was great the trail was overgrown in some parts. Also, beware of poison ivy and mosquitoes.

running
4 months ago

awesome trail! my long run go to. just enough up and down to keep it interesting.

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4 months ago

Cute little lollipop over the Eight Mile river but a lot of other trail to explore still.

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11 months ago

Awesome trail. I came across this trail looking for a place to get a decent long run in. Had just a bit of everything from paved rolling road to soft single track. A few tough climbs but short enough to keep motivated to go on. I would also plan on your feet getting wet. It had rained the day before I arrived but there was still a good amount of creek crossings and marshy areas to navigate. And oh yeah about 3000’ of elevation gain. I ran the entire out and back and my GPS put me at 26.1 miles. Do pay attention to the yellow Goodwin Trail markers, they are hard to spot in the changing autumn colors. I ran right past a few of them but I can’t complain about it, there were plenty of markers, missing them was my own fault. Lastly, parts of the single track trail are very hard to navigate due to the amount of leaves that had fallen, the entire forest floor looked like a mix of reds and yellows, which does hide the rocks and roots that I call ankle breakers. Keep your head up (or down) and you’ll be fine. Overall Richard Goodwin Trail is a must for anyone looking for a good day long adventure. I will certainly be going back. Happy running- Ultra Ryan

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

it is well marked. when I went today there was quite a few spots that were flooded over but not super deep. also I didn't see anyone on the trail. I will be going back to this trail for sure

running
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Beautiful trail. Thank you to the volunteers who keep it so nice!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Awesome hike, great all day adventure. Steep hills reaching the halfway mark and then pretty steady easy incline all the way to the end

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Perfect hiking weather the day we chose to hike this well marked trail. Challenging yet fun trail. Was surprised that we did not see another hiker the entire trek. Well worth checking the trail system out.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

We picked a perfect day to hike this trail. The trail is well marked but you need to pay attention due to several intersecting trails. We did the trail in 4 hours and 15 minutes.We did not see another soul during the trip,

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Backpacked through this in one day. My original intention was to use this as a testing ground to see how well I'd do with backpacking. For a first time hike with an extra 40lbs worth of backpack, I'd say it was difficult. Without the added weight I would guess that this would have been a fairly easy trail. There is a long portion of gravel road in the middle that does get a little boring, but for what I wanted to learn I'd say this was an excellent hike.

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