Salmon River Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colchester, Connecticut that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 232 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

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snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

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river

The Forest now contains nearly 6,000 acres located in the towns of Hebron, Marlborough Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton. The easy accessibility of the Salmon River and its tributaries has made the forest a very popular fishing area. This hike is part of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association's blue blazed trails. This is a great trail because there is a park roughly half way through the hike near the pond where there are picnic tables. It's a great place to sit down and have a bite to eat in the middle of the hike. This hike is unique in that you may be lucky in spotting the flower called Lady Slippers along the way. This is a protected plant and should not be picked! They are a delight to see during the hike. This hike is also unique because there is a covered bridge dating from the 1800's at the beginning of the hike. The first purchase of lands which comprise the Salmon River Forest was made by the State Board of Fisheries and Game in 1934. The Forest now contains nearly 6,000 acres located in the towns of Hebron, Marlborough Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton. Included in the forest area is 1,300 acres that are leased from the United States Government. The important tributaries of the Salmon River are the Dickenson Stream, Blackledge River, Jeremy River, and Fawn Brook, all of which enter the main river above Comstock Bridge. The Salmon River joins the Connecticut River a short distance from East Haddam. It is probably the largest stream and watershed whose sources and mouth are entirely within the limits of the State. One of the early and notable settlers in this area was John Carrier who was reputed to be the executioner of Charles the First and who fled England when the monarchy was restored. His family name still exists on the land records of the area. The towns in this area were settled during the early part of 1700 and were typical of the early New England settlements. Streams and ponds were dammed to furnish waterpower for grist mills, tanneries, and later paper mills. The Salmon River and its tributaries each had more mills trying to operate by the middle of the nineteenth century than the water supply could support during periods of minimal precipitation. At North Westchester, for example, during low periods the grist mills had to operate at night and the paper mill by the day.

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rocky
2 months ago

Easy service road out and back. Walked with my cousin and the baby on my back. Not very exciting but good to move our legs and pretty easy.

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Sat May 18 2019

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muddy
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Sat May 18 2019

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Sat Jan 12 2019

Pretty boring. Not much to see, basically a state fire road.

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Sat Nov 11 2017

Not part of Salmon River State Park. Easy hike up a fireroad.

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Mon Oct 23 2017

Beautiful scenery, but definitely a hike it’s a great workout. The trail is well marked.

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Sun Jun 04 2017

Did this walk pushing a stroller. A bit overgrown and there were a couple dozen hanging caterpillars. You could hear the caterpillars eating away the leaves. Sounded like light rain. Uphill almost all the way out. Several different off shoots to different trails that you can explore on future visits.

Sun May 21 2017

Not really what I expected. This trail seemed more like a path state vehicles used to access nearby land.. Also ran in to ticks and mosquitos pretty heavy.

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recorded Salmon River Trail

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