Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area Trail

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Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burlington, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
288 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips




State education center with nature exhibits of birds and various regional mammals.

12 days ago

Took the Beaver Pond Trail. Great educational hike for the kids. Then stop off at the main building and look at the exhibits inside,

nature trips
1 month ago

Great for a hike, walk, or run. Trails are designed for hiking, walking, or running depending on where you go. Great for Nature walks with small children. Would recommend this to others!

1 month ago

great everyday hiking/walking trails. if you go to the trails on the right huge fern field in the woods

2 months ago

This place is great. Initially I had a challenging time figuring out the entrance and came across a ton of bear traps... but then I found my way. Loved the little offshoots to include the boardwalk to the pond and view of the beaver dam, the waterfall and the fire lookout. Wide and well-groomed train path. Everything is exceptionally well marked and it shows that a lot of effort goes into the maintenance of this park. Great place to take kids to burn off some energy.

3 months ago

Make sure to explore some of the offshoots.
Check out the fire tower this trail will lead into the center of the loop.
Check out the waterfall as well!

5 months ago

Easy to follow trail. Mostly walking with some slight hills.

5 months ago

Beautiful walk, some gentle hills. Easy and quick with some pretty water scenery.

11 months ago

Great place to bring your leashed dog!

11 months ago

Great trail with lots of stops on the way. A fire tower with a great view, a waterfall, and a beautiful pond. You feel like you're completly lost in the woods but it's a loop so it's easy to find your way back. I'll definitely be back again!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

First time hiking last year here.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Nice wide open trails with beautiful views on the side trails.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great for dog walking!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy and family friendly

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I visit Sessions Woods regularly since I first moved to CT in '09. I live 15 minutes away from it in the City of Bristol. It's nice to get away from the urban setting and appreciate the peace and tranquility of nature. There is ample parking area and information center. Though there are several trails, I usually walk the Beaver Pond Trail. Part of the trail is along the stream and it's a pleasure to see and hear the soothing water streams. There are also mini trails to explore, that branch out from the main one,. My favorite are the Beaver pond, the fire tower view point and the Waterfall (mind your steps going down to the waterfall, it is steep). In the Fall, you can appreciate the leaves changing color and the fallen leaves create a path of bright yellow and red which appears glorious to say the least. I have a special place in my heart for Sessions Woods and I hope you have an enjoyable time visiting there too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

scenic but a little too easy if you are interested in a workout. great for kids

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Love it so very pretty. Great kid friendly easy trail. Great for families!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beautiful! Don't miss the Boardwalk.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It was a great trail with several side trails off the main loop. There is a waterfall, wildlife observatory, and so much more I have to go back. My opinion start with the beaver trail entrance and explore the side trails as you go. Terrain is pretty good as it's mostly gravel if you stay on the main trail (people bring strollers/kids/dogs). Few tougher inclines too.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Pretty nice to trail run this, hills can be a challenge. This is my go to spot till I explore more

Sunday, June 12, 2016

This was a very pleasant well marked trail. Excellent for families. Offers a cool rock waterfall, cool fire tower to climb, beaver dams to view, small wooden boardwalk surrounded by lily pads and turtles. There is one porta potty on the trail right before the turn off to the wildlife blind and the Firetower.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

It's such an easy nice walk with different options.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is a beautiful and easy trail to walk with anybody.

Monday, April 04, 2016

I love this hike. There are so many things to see right off the trail like the waterfalls, fire tower, beaver marsh, etc.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Good quick hike in my neighborhood. Great for starting off. Good for the family. Under 3 mile hike in 45 minutes if you don't go off the main trail.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Had a great hike today, if was my second time here. Main gravel trail loop is about 3 miles and a mix of hills and flat terrain, very scenic and a great place for a hike. I'll definitely be back!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Great trail and lots of hills for a great workout!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

This trail was pretty nice, I like that it has other side trails marked to explore. I've yet to check out the waterfall (on my to do list!) but it's pretty neat that there's camp sites for youth groups and it teaches you about nature as you walk the trails!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

I am new to hiking and this was one of my first ever hikes that I did by myself- and I am so glad I found it! This is a relatively easy loop, well marked with great side trails that then go right back to the main loop. Some of the side trails I did included falls, a beautiful beaver pond overview (complete with white and pink water lily's), a small tower and others!

Without a doubt recommend this trail!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

very nice has informative plaques along the way and a specific trail for tree identification which was interesting. Seems kid friendly

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Sessions Woods is rather unique hiking area that I've visited quite a few times over the last few years. What it lacks in "remoteness" it makes up for with abundant animal life, diverse habitats and some really interesting on-trail demonstrations of wildlife and forest management techniques.

Animals that I've been lucky enough to see along the Sessions Woods gravel trail include a wild turkey, a few snakes, a wide variety of birds, and even a painted turtle in the process of laying its eggs (a pretty rare sight).

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