Ross's Cliff Trail Loop

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Old Furnace State Park

Ross's Cliff Trail Loop is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dayville, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 285 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

muddy

rocky

Ross's Cliff Trail features a nice loop around Old Furnace State Park. The highlight is the view from the top of Half Hill. It then continues down towards Ross Pond and continues beneath Ross's cliff in a very rocky section of trail.

hiking
4 days ago

very beautiful place, would have been a 5 start but the highway noise destroys the zen the place gives out. but all in all its a beautiful place

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bugs
8 days ago

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bugs
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Would have given this 5 stars except for the fact that highway noise can be heard throughout a good part of the hike, and also because it was very crowded, although it was a holiday weekend. Otherwise, it is a gorgeous trail that packs a lot of interesting features into such a short hike: high rock outcroppings that offer great views, babbling brooks, marshland and two ponds. There are a lot of little trails off the main ones that are worth exploring.

hiking
11 days ago

I went through this trail but there is also another trail but isn’t shown in this map I wish I was able to post on this map

walking
rocky
14 days ago

Loved this one! Terrain was varied with rocks and roots and climbs galore. Beautiful views from the cliff top with lots of different vantage points. Two ponds with lily pads and very clear water. Babbling brooks with rock crossovers and wooden bridges to cross too. Pretty well marked, easy to follow with lots of side options as well. I'd definitely do this one again!

hiking
bugs
rocky
15 days ago

Great trail with light traffic. Multiple routes throughout the loop with very nice Views.

hiking
19 days ago

It’s a nice place

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked 5/3/2020: Very nice hike, rocky and muddy in places, well marked. Definitely need to watch your steps to avoid any injuries. Only saw a hand full of people on the trail. Keep in mind that when you’re following this loop to pay attention to the map/gps recording, if you follow the blazes, it will take you way off the trail. Great views at the top, very relaxing.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Excellent trail! The view is wonderful and I like that it is near the water! My dog loved the hike as well.

hiking
1 month ago

We LOVED this hike! It's so sweet with it's ponds, little waterfalls and greenery. There's even a cliff you can hike up, with a great overlook and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view. We would definitely come back again.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trial- heavily wooded area but great views and easy to navigate

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Really cool waterfalls

hiking
1 month ago

Would recommend this hike for sure. Lots of cool streams and mini falls. Would recommend following trail map for sure. Would absolutely hike again. Great for a local trail

running
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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

incredible views from the top, but confusing trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with streams and rocky outcroppings. Worth the visit.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is a hikers dream. My only two minor issues was highway noise, and trail maps. Be sure you print one, download one, or something. There is one trail map in the entire park, right at the entrance. The major trails are well marked, but you do end up switching between blue and orange a few times. There is many many smaller offshoot trails as well so I found it a bit confusing. That being said, I have a hard time finding my way on every trail no matter how well marked they are. This trail is beautiful, it really has it all! Inclined, descents, rugged terrain, beautiful views, evergreen forest, wildlife, water features...I absolutely loved it, even though I got off course by a mile or 3.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful scenery and well marked. Nice to see folks out enjoying nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail. Always nice and quiet until late morning. Don't be a fucking douchebag. Bring out your trash and pick up your dog's shit. This will soon become the norm since all the wannabes will be out disrespecting nature.

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of scenic cliff and lakeside views packed in a nice, short hike.

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