Shade Swamp Sanctuary Blue Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife. 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.

Length1.1 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestWildlife
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Christina Hupfer
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My kids loved hopping inside each of the cages.

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Stephanie Turner
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Very very cool abandoned zoo, right near the entrance. Word to the wise, this place would likely be an overgrown bug paradise in the summer / early fall. Come while the leaves are down, and you'll be able to see a lot further from the scenic overlooks. Stay on the main trail until you've gotten the lay of the land. there are a lot of short cuts, go-betweens, and side trails off of it. It would be pretty easy to get turned around in here. The main trail loop is a fun hike. It gets steep briefly, but most hikers should be able to handle it. Definitely worth checking out! Wear long pants and DEET.

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Farren Balzer
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Terri Granger
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Lyndon Mclellan
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Matt Schillberg
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Andrea Hernandez
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Nice little hike. Interesting to see some of the old cages. A little steep at times, simple out and back with what looked like some alternate routes we didn’t try

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Anthony Spoon
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Tory Bauer-Pisani
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Ben Wilkes
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Sara Liptak
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Nice workout walking trail

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Shari mahon
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Mark Bowers
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Nice day. Something spooked my dog and he only wanted to turn around.

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Beard Baron
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This is our 2nd time here. both in winter. the snow wasn't bad but slushy on the south facing incline. the zoo is more run down than three years ago. quick hike for the afternoon.

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Douglas T.
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Laura Adamowich
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Jason Hastey
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Nice place

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Jason Lingner
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Miranda Dupont
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jason kelly
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short, not well marked, lots of down trees, wear boots, some side trails, over grown

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Nancy Simone
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several trees down, not well marked. nice little hike but could stand some tlc

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kevin matt
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Elias Zraik
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Nicole Wahl
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Narrow trail, gorgeous forest and not too many ups and downs. The abandoned zoo and swamp add some nice viewing.

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Andrew Chic
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will batayte
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Matthew Carey
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Jason User
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Saw a pond. Took some pics. Left. Better things to see in CT, but nice exercise for the locals.

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Virge Kask
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Myungchul Shin
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