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Shenipsit Forest Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Somers, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 570 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Alice Ann Robertson
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery. It goes up a paved road which isn't ideal, and I couldn't find a side path. We're took a different way down to avoid the paved road which was nice.

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Tracey Santos
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Hiking

Nice

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Colin Casler
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Hiking

Great work out! plenty of trail options for all skill levels. A few huff n puffs make it fun for moderate to advanced hikers.

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miro jurgasik
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Hiking

very nice!!!! great view from observation tower, highly recommended, HIKE ON!!!!

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Josh Gibbs
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Nice hike!

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Robert Russell
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Mountain biking

Could definitely use some markers for the trails. Spent more time looking at All Trails than the trail itself.

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Tiffany Christner
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HikingBugs

This particular trail starts at a gravel road just past a residential neighborhood. If you want a real parking lot vs picking an extra wide place on the gravel paths then go to the main parking lot on Gulf Rd. There really are plenty of places to park within the driveable paths within the forest, but I would not recommend driving far on the gravel roads within the Forest unless your vehicle can handle some ruts and rocks.

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Amanda Alyce
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Janet sullivan
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Hiking

not well marked, but worth it for the views

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Amy S
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Really beautiful this time of year. Very rocky and sometimes a little muddy but nothing a newbie can’t deal with.

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Christopher Smith
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Interesting...lots of roads and people! Otherwise somewhat entertaining.

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Elaine Sullivan
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Kevin R
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Haley Adams
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Dawn Mackinnon
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We liked the wildlife and trails were not strenuous. There was a lot of shade. However the trails are not clearly marked. The trail was overgrown and not marked at all in some areas causing us to be lost for several. Families beware.

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Meg Rao
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Hiking

Lightly trafficked trail with so many bugs that it was difficult to see ahead. Besides, until you reach the actual trail, which is about a mile from the parking, the passing cars and trucks kick up a lot of dust. We went there end of August, and unless there’s a better time to visit, we won’t be going back again!

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Lori Ivanicki
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Hiking

Quite buggy today but a fairly easy hike through beautiful country! Went in through Parker Rd, little difficult finding white dot trail, had to back track down Soapstone Rd but was worth following through woods and off road. Will definitely go back and explore other trails through park and looking forward to see fire tower refurbished and reopened again.

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Renee Lassow
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Great for walking with dogs. Not very crowded and plenty of trails for exploring.

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angel martinez
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Mountain biking

has nice technical climbs and decent decents for biking

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Joanne Britton
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Hiking

Nice Sunday afternoon walk. My GPS cut out and we ended up tacking on 2 miles to the hike. Lots of summer woodland blooms and butterflies.

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Brian Jeffries
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Hiking

Nice trails in the area, low traffic for a beautiful Saturday. Fire tower at top is closed and is covered in graffiti. Fresh tree removal near the picnic area at the top, nice views. Looks like some drive up but most were parking at bottom and hiking around.

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Audrey Farr
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Hiking

Good trail, a bit of a mix of paved road, dirt road, horse/mountain biking trail, and regular foot trail. The view from the top was nice, even though we went while it was cloudy and rainy out. I would suggest this trail as a running trail as well for those that don't mind the rocky parts and the up and down hills. The only thing that was a little annoying was the lack of markings. There were tons of different trails branching off of the main trail I was trying to follow, none of them were marked, including the trail on the map here, so you have to really pay attention to your GPS and try to stick with the trail on the map, unless you feel like exploring of course. Besides that it was a beautiful little trail, I carried my baby and a backpack up it, along with having my dog with me.

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Austin Vernesoni
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Hiking

Good, easy hike, only took a couple of hours with relaxing breaks at points. Would definitely recommend for families and/or people who want to have a nice hike with their dog!

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Sarah McClelland
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Great for young kids!

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Dana Picard
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Hiking

It was a nice scenic hike, peaceful as well. I would recommend it.

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