Salmon River Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews

Salmon River Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colchester, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

The Salmon River Trail is primarily used for hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and in the winter, snowshoeing. Portions of the trail are suitable for, and are used for, cross-country skiing and geocaching. Site-specific activities enjoyed along the route include bird watching, hunting (very limited), fishing, horseback riding, bouldering and rock climbing (limited). The mainline trail is blazed with blue rectangles. Trail descriptions are available from a number of commercial and non-commercial sources, and a complete guidebook is published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Weather along the route is typical of Connecticut. Conditions on exposed ridge tops and summits may be harsher during cold or stormy weather.[2] Lightning is a hazard on exposed summits and ledges during thunderstorms. Snow is common in the winter and may necessitate the use of snowshoes. Ice can form on exposed ledges and summits, making hiking dangerous without special equipment. Biting insects can be bothersome during warm weather. Parasitic deer ticks (which are known to carry Lyme disease) are a potential hazard. Wearing bright orange clothing during the hunting season (Fall through December) is recommended.

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3 months ago

Beautiful place to take a long hike

3 months ago

This was a good hike. Lots of up hills. It was just over 7 miles, so I don't know where the 5.4 mile statement came from. A little off the regular path there is a beautiful cascading waterfall. It is small, but still very pretty. The trail is clearly marked and is easy to follow. Will be pretty in a few weeks with the changing of the leaves.

5 months ago

beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Well marked trail. Short inclines. I did the loop, parking at Salmon River State Forest (next to day pond state park). Nice trail. Next time I'll find the covered bridge to complete the whole trail. Overall, I did 3 miles of it (the loop).

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6 months ago

I started at the Comstock covered bridge and hiked to the Day Pond Loop. I completed the south loop and then the north loop, stopping for a water break at the Day Pond State Park between the two. Very beautiful spot and midway point. I also took a short trail off of the north loop which led to the Day Pond Falls, a very beautiful waterfall worth the half mile hike down and back to the loop trail. It is important to rate the entire seven mile hike as hard. Completing sections can be considered moderate depending on length. The hike took my dog and I three hours with almost no stopping. The majority of the trail is tree covered and you are only in direct sun when crossing the power lines briefly on the north loop. Well marked with blue blaze. The beginning of the trail by the Comstock covered bridge goes along the Salmon Ride before climbing up to a view of the river and then turning away from the river to head towards Day Pond. Plenty of parking at both the Comstock bridge and Day Pond state park. The Comstock bridge has beautiful wooden gates that make for a lovely photo silhouette. Overall an awesome workout!

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Loved this trail

Monday, November 28, 2016

I love it

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great trail

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nice hike with nice views of the Salmon River at the beginning. Good for trail running.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

very nice trail, clearly marked. Our app clocked us at 7.2 miles by the time we finished rather than the 5 we were expecting.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

We loved this trail. Added some of the North loop of salmon river trail in day pond state park, and the spur to day pond falls. Very well marked for a state trail. We ended up with just over 6 miles

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

As mentioned in Emily Proctors review, the trail begins at the Comstock Covered Bridge. It's a nice walk along the Salmon River and then heads uphill into the wooded area. It is a pretty good cardio workout to the crest of the hill. This scenic trail brings you through woodlands, across babbling brooks, to the Day Pond Brook Falls and then onto Day Pond. There, you can have lunch as there are picnic tables and a sandy beach for swimming before finishing the hike. This hiker friendly trail is well marked. But just in case you get turned around, there are signs scattered throughout the trail that show your exact position. I look forward to doing this hike again in the warmer weather.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The trail begins at an awesome historic covered bridge. Eventually, you come upon a fantastic view of the river from atop the crest of the hill you have to climb. I didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked. Definitely coming back.

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