Sugar Brook Loop Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Sugar Brook Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Plainfield, Connecticut that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.8 miles
288 feet

dog friendly


trail running



wild flowers



Varied terrain. Trail follows river and passes beaver pond.

1 day ago

Don't recommend in late summer. Extremely buggy. Be prepared to walk through walls of webs for most of the trail. Part of the trail is along river which is pretty. rest of the trail doesn't offer much. I recommend this as a late fall or winter hike.

4 months ago

Nice trail. Minimal bugs in early spring. We did see a doe but not any other wildlife.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Sugar Brook Loop trail is relatively easy, with only a couple of relatively short steep sections.

A couple of very short sections can get muddy after rains, but they are not difficult to walk through or around.

There are a couple of stream crossings. The smaller one has a rock to step on. The larger is a footbridge over Sugar Brook. The bridge has been shored up recently, but may not safely support more than one person at a time. Be careful crossing, especially in winter. A replacement structure may be needed soon.

The trail takes you through the woods, then follows along the Quinebaug river for about 1/4 mile. After crossing over Sugar Brook, it passes by a small abandoned beaver dam. A bit further downstream, a larger beaver dam can be seen at the far edge of the pond after the leaves are gone in the fall. The beaver pond looks more like a swamp during the summer, due to grass growth. Beavers are currently maintaining the dam (2017). Recently cut stumps can be seen alongside the trail, and a scuffed area where the beavers dragged the cuttings across the trail into the nearby water.

Animals that can be spotted during this hike include ducks, geese, turkeys, deer, beavers and muskrat, as well as the more common species that occur almost everywhere in the area,

Some unusually large ant mounds can be spotted near the trail as it passes through a small meadow.

The most annoying insect problem here is mosquitoes. Ticks are also common here. Repellents usually keep them away.

The last section of the hike (if going clockwise) is the least interesting. Consider walking the trail counter clockwise, so that the later sections of the trail will be more appealing.

Overall, this is a nice walk. My thanks to the trail maintainer(s).

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