Saugatuck Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Weston, 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.

Distance: 10.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,486 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Beautiful hike along the reservoir with a few peaks and forested areas. WARNING: The trail from Tudor Rd north to Route 53 is closed from February to July. During this time, there are Northern Goshawks that are nesting in the area. They have very sharp claws and are known to approach hikers. Must have trail map as permit - can print out from website or use map from CT Walk Book.

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22 days ago

Awesome trail! Well marked, peaceful and def moderate. I will hike there again and highly recommend it.

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1 month ago

Nice, easy hike with only moderate hills. A little buggy, but not bad at this point of spring. Moderately busy due to quarantine visitors. Parking areas are full, so be patient and expect to hunt for a spot. Lots of fiddlehead ferns coming out now. Wonderful stretches along the reservoir!

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1 month ago

As hikes go, this is a good stand-by if you live in the local area. You get a mix of up, down, and flat, so in your off-seasons (winter for me) if you get a stretch of good weather it’s nice to throw on the pack and do a bit of conditioning outside of the gym. And with plenty of parking spots for cars all along the route, you can really customize what length of hike you’re looking to do. My only gripe is it can get really crowded when the warm weather comes, but with the views of the reservoir and nicely maintained trails I can’t really blame people for wanting to experience it!

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1 month ago

Quarantine hike with the girls. Views of water in distance. Several areas near hike to park. Fairly flat with a few steep parts. About 20min from home

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail, well marked- took our three kids and had a good time. Beautiful views.

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1 month ago

trail from rte 58 to newtown tpk (4.2 miles) impeccably maintained, new signage on all 4 bridges. Healthy looking forest, variety with rocky scrambles, vernal ponds and reservoir views. This side of the trail is far more secluded and natural than the heavily used west side. 1 1/2 hrs.

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7 months ago

pretty good overall

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9 months ago

Aug 25, 2019 Very rocky. Trail not clearly marked so not sure if we went the correct way. No water at waterfall. Area was pretty but sad to see the litter.

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Tue May 28 2019

Beautiful, quiet hike! Didn’t see any other people at all. Saw quite a bit of wildlife, including a fox!

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Sat Apr 06 2019

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Mon Jan 28 2019

Ran late Jan ‘19. Only had time to run a short two mile out and back from the trail head but thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite a few frozen and semi-frozen streams to navigate but that made it all the more fun. The only issue was, as others have noted, there appeared to be a target range not far away. The constant bangs were a little disconcerting.

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Sun Jan 06 2019

Most of it is very runnable. .

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Thu Nov 08 2018

It’s a wonderful place in terms of terrain and views etc. and there are a few challenging spots. I ran in from route 58 today (Nov 7th mid afternoon) up to the trails intersection with 53 and back. Unfortunately the experience wasn’t quite as pleasant as it could have been due to the constant sound of rifle fire that seemed to be coming from someone target shooting a little south of the trail. While the area is open to hunting and it is fall, I assumed only bow hunting. And well, this was definitely not hunting anyway. I wondered if perhaps there is a police shooting range somewhere in the area or if this was simply recreational target shooting.

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Tue Oct 23 2018

This has always been one of my favorite running trails. It is lightly trafficked and the chances of running into someone are slim. The trail is not overly technical, but you have to watch your footing in many spots. I can’t speak to the views because I am usually back in the woods, but you can always get in your car afterwards and find some nice scenery. Bow hunting is something to be keenly aware of. There are several areas the trail goes through that are open to bow hunting (just in the fall). Just yesterday I crested a hill and saw something to my right (I thought it was Bigfoot!) and it turned out to be a bow hunter in full camouflage heading to his car. We waived and kept moving. I would wear some type of blaze orange/high-vis shirt and/or hat so you are more visible. From a distance a hunter will only hear your footsteps!

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Sat Jul 08 2017

great place

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Sat Jul 08 2017

This was a nice trail and lightly trafficked, but incredibly buggy

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Fri Jun 02 2017

Fri Dec 02 2016

Great hike.

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Mon Jul 11 2016

I did a short out/back from Davis Hill Dr to Rt 53. Excellent short hike with just the right balance of challenge and relaxation. There were a few changes of elevation that were fairly steep, but short, and a few sections of rocky/uneven terrain. The shore of the Saugautuck Resevior makes a great place to stop and catch your breath.

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Fri Dec 05 2014

My wife and I did a 7-mile walk that included the new southernmost section of the Aspetuck trail and the easternmost section of the Saugatuck that leads to the scenic overlook at the midpoint of the eastern shore of the Saugatuck reservoir. Parking and maps are in ample supply at the Aspetuck parking area on Rock House Road in Easton. You can't miss it as there are trail info boards, map holders, and a large "CT State Forest" sign at the area. I have never seen anywhere near as many cars parked there as there are spaces, so no worries there. You'll want to grab a map or print one before you go as it is your hiking permit. No dogs are allowed, either, as this is reservoir watershed green space. The first mile is the new Aspetuck section (heading south and west from the Rock House Road parking) that was just opened in fall 2014. It includes a spectacular falls area that makes the trip worthwhile (I am uploading a picture). When the trail reaches Black Rock Turnpike, where there is also ample parking, it connects to and becomes the Saugatuck Trail. It is well marked and has several newly built (rebuilt?) footbridges. When we were there, the bridges were so new, they still had the price tags on the lumber. That's new! The walk from Black Rock Turnpike to the scenic overlook will get your heart beating, but it is not difficult. You will know when you have arrived at the overlook as there are rustic bench seats carved into logs. Take a break, enjoy the view, and treasure this enjoyable trail that is close to home for so many.

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