Sugar Brook Loop Trail

MODERATE 3 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
344 feet

dog friendly


trail running



wild flowers



Varied terrain. Trail follows river and passes beaver pond.

5 hours ago

16 days ago

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 has a pair of wooden beams placed across it that serve as a bridge.

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 after the leaves are gone in the fall. The beaver pond looks more like a swamp during the summer, due to grass growth. I have not seen beavers in the area recently, but from the appearance of the cuttings, it appears that beavers probably have been active there within the past couple of years.

Other animals that can be spotted during this hike include ducks, geese, turkeys and deer, 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. Repellent usually keeps them away. Reports from other hikers indicate that ticks are also common here, but I have not seen any of them after several hikes. Still, use caution.

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.

Some sections of the trail have been created recently, so pay attention to the blue blazes. Some of the older double-blazed turn signs were made incorrectly, but it appears that they are in the process of being corrected.

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

19 days ago