Westwoods Trail

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Westwoods Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Guilford, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles
646 feet

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




5 months ago

visiting from Maine, walked the white trail by lost lake and returned on orange trail. a little over 3 miles. trailed marked ok, but can be confusing at times; same color circle vs. square. dogs had fun as usual! beautiful weather!

7 months ago

I love everything about these woods. The trails are all very well marked and Maintained. The views are incredible. Make sure to make the trek down to lost lake!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Had a blast today! Went a little over eight miles and just twisted throughout the maze of trails. I ran my map quest since I messed up recording using AllTrails app again and that gave me a sense of where I was and how to get back. So much to see and fun exploring. Picked raspberries when done then bought an apple pie to bring home. Can't wait to go back. :)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Different at every turn. Loved the fact that we could go a different way every time we are there. Beautiful and fun.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Beautiful views and great hiking trials

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The map led me to nowhere.. I randomly found the entrance in Branford..

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Westwoods is a wonderful little hike with much to offer. The trails are mostly moderate but there are some challenging areas. There were a couple of tight squeezes and an area that required a little crawling to get through. Maps are a must as there are miles of interconnecting trails that can be confusing at times. During our hike today, we enjoyed the beautiful forest, rocky outcroppings, caves, scenic lake vista, and the numerous points of interest listed on the map from Dep. Mosquito repellent is a must in this area. Luckily the mosquitos weren't too bad today as it was pretty dry in the marshy areas.
The hike was interesting enough that I will be back to hike areas I wasn't able to get to today.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good trails to get lost on. If you like just mess around and hike where your feet take you this is a good one for you. Bring a map and relax and have fun

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Absolutely wonderful little hike. Lost lake and the several vistas overlooking it where spectacular. Make sure to see each of the "destinations" on the trail map, they were all really great. Would go again!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Westwoods Preserve offers you a trip through history: diverse choice of trails, stunning views and a sense that you've walked back in time.

See the CT DEP site for a great trail map to make sure you miss nothing. My tribe and I have been there 100s of times; every hike unique -- we've rarely run into other hikers or bikers. At one end you'll find the historic caves -- at the other you'll find Lost Lake.

The following is paraphrased the Westwoods entry in Wikipedia; see also the CT DEP website for a trail map.

Westwoods encompasses 39 miles (63 km) of trails alongside caves, lakes, streams, rivers, and rock formations. The preserve, owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, converges into other preserves from LI to Northern CT.

The well-marked and well-tended trails are perfect for walking, running, biking and horseback. Kayaking through Lost Lake looks like fun as well.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

We used to live adjacent to this preserve and hiked it regularly. It offers 40+ miles/1200 acres of well-maintained hiking trails of easy-to-moderate difficulty. Lots of natural rock formations and waterfalls. Hike toward the marsh and tidal areas to glimpse osprey and other beautiful critters!

Friday, July 04, 2014

This is a great hiking area right in the middle of Guilford, just off of Highway 95. I believe there are 39 miles of trails, so definitely bring a map! If you stop at Bishop's Orchard you can pick one up, along with some lunch. Definitely check out the yellow trail. There are multiple trailheads and you can opt to do a quick loop or hike for several hours.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trails ranged from good easy walks to pretty challenging hikes depending on where you went. Did 6 miles and there was plenty more to see than that. I parked near Bishops Pond, free parking for about 10 cars.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hiked this trail with my fianc and our dog. Moderate trail that was quiet and not over crowded for a weekend. We only came across three other hikers and it was beautiful out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Westwoods has around 50 miles of trails ranging from pleasant paths in the woods to difficult rock-climbing challenges.

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