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West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River Loop

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Roseland Park

West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut that features a lake 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.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 400 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bridge out

Muddy

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Getting There

On the west side you have a looped trail. One is closer to the water the other is higher in elevation looking over the lake.

The park service office is on the east side near the entrance of the park. If you'd like a guided tour give me a shout.

Not far from Gilbertville (Thomspon CT) off of 395.

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Amanda Barrette
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Benjamin Thomas
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Hiking

Great loop that encompasses a lot of different scenery/trail types. Bug spray is a must. Boat launch area was busy but only saw a few people on the actual trail. Good half-day hike. Took about three and a half hours total.

Alyssa Friedrich
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Nice and fairly easy trail but remember to bring bug spray

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Lynn Valentin
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Hiking

What a beautiful area. The views are stunning from so many different points. And there are a lot of places to stop and relax and take it all in. We actually didn’t do the full loop and were surprised that the dotted line that crosses about halfway up isn’t in fact a connected trail. There is no bridge and you can’t cross the river there. So it’s complete the whole 8 mile loop or turn back. Next time we’ll complete the whole loop.

Amanda Grzyb
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Amanda Grzyb
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Ellen Browne
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Melissa Lepage
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Sean Tomany
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Good trail lot of people at the beginning. Lots of rocks.

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Andrew Costanzo
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Mountain biking: There was a bad storm the night before so the trail was extremely muddy and flooded. So flooded that it was waist deep. I had to detour to the road to continue the trail. Lots of huge downed trees every half mile or so. Other than those conditions I will come back once it is cleaned up.

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Carlos Antonio Castro
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Jeff Ratcliffe
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Jason Bonin
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Stephanie Medine
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Ryan C
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Hiking

Nice trail around the reservoir. Don’t think you can cut the loop in half by cutting across mid-way. The bridge doesn’t exist.

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Kelly Vignali
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Hiking

Easy trail to bring a dog along with you! Clear paths, great for hiking, walking or running!

Roger Barthelet
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Roger Barthelet
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This relatively easy to moderate trail is a terrific family friendly and dog friendly trail. Trail winds through the woods and along the lake and then river providing scenic glimpses of the lake and connecting Quinebaug River. The return trail along the east side of the river is a bit rocky in places and probably the most challenging part of the hike. We parked at the garage on the West side of the Dam and started our hike there going clockwise around the loop. It worked out great as we were able to stop on the East side of the lake and enjoy our trail lunch using one of the benches provided by the State. Hi visibility orange is necessary now because hunting season has started. This enjoyable hike is an annual favorite for fall hiking.

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