Whitestone Cliffs Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Whitestone Cliffs Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Plymouth, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
295 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers

The Whitestone Cliffs trail is a loop trail with spurs at the loop's bottom leading to CT Route 262 in both the east and west directions. The eastern spur terminates at the trails parking lot. The western spur is the Jericho Connector trail.

3 months ago

Nice short hike, trails were a little flooded. I took the wrong one at first, so make sure to stay right on your way up. The top has views in all directions and cool rocks and trees :) recommended

3 months ago

With rain, I went for a shorter hike with my two pups. I was not disappointed! Despite the trail being a bit flooded and trees down, I really enjoyed the loop. Has a beautiful view at the top and a nice little traverse through the woods. I will absolutely be back again. Did it in a walking boot, but I’m looking forward to coming back.

5 months ago

As the others said, this hike definitely depends on which trail you take. We intended on taking the blue trail to bring us to the top to see the views, however, we just ended up going in one big loop. PS there was a ton of nats!

5 months ago

A sunset hike with excursion off the Blue Blaze up to the high-tension power lines. Sighted a bobcat at the power lines. Trail conditions are not great at the moment. Many downed trees and debris made some sections difficult to traverse. Great hike overall though!

6 months ago

Good trail! Just knowing which direction to take makes the big difference. It's steep but its rewarding. You can see Route 8 from the top.

7 months ago

lots of bugs but a good afternoon hike

10 months ago

Fun, challenging. Very forgiving in terms of the path you can take.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Also accessible from the Jericho Whitestone connector trail. Minimal parking on Waterbury Road near #2057. I like approaching from that side because it's uphill on the way in , downhill on the way out.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Walked through a giant spider web. Wasn't too happy about that. Other than that it was a great hike. Perfect early autumn hike

Monday, June 13, 2016

My 11 and 9 year olds joined me on this hike yesterday. It was great! The trail was marked by blue paint on the trees... (Please follow this; we didn't the first time and got lost). It was minimum difficulty until we got to the rocks. However, there is a visible, alternate path to the right that we enjoyed taking. The view from the top was great. We wish we would've brought a trash bag as there were beer bottles and food wrappers under a pile of wood. We were also angered by the graffiti on the side of the cliff. Other than that, it was perfect and my children really enjoyed it!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Loved it .. lot's of trash and grafitti I wanna go back and clean ..Lived here 36 years and never knew this gorgeous place existed. so my five stars made be a lil bias by my excitement!! I lost me headphones if anyone sees them before it rains!! Thanks

Sunday, February 28, 2016

This was an awesome little hike. Small parking area fits 5-6 cars at best. Completed with 2 adults, 16 y/old, 13 y/old and 7 y/old. It says easy but its certainly not . We are avid and experienced hikers and this trail had was certainly not flat, lots of elevation change, rick scrambling etc. Fine for adults and older kids harder and need for a spotter and a boost for 8 and under. Not good for 5 and under. great views at the top excellent flat rocks for picnicking. Well marked blue blazes. Take the one mark blue blaze trail to the right on your way up. Only complaint overused by ATVS so the middle of a trail is a muddy wet mess making you have to walk the sides, annoying and ankle twisting at times. Quiet. Not busy. GORGEOUS unexpected tall waterfall on the way down!!! Would definitely do again perhaps in dryer season. Namaste

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This is an amazing hike...for grown ups lol, took the kids and it was a lil rough, had to bushwhack around some of the steep peeks where the climb would have been an issue. Still got them up to see the view but it was work. Def would love to do it again without the munchkins cause it's def a hike that has everything packing into a small trek. Streams, cliffs, views etc but I don't recombined bringing kids or a dog.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

I think this trail has the potential to be one of the best short hikes in the state. The views from the cliffs are great and the cliff ridge itself is quite unique in appearance. In addition, the immediate approach and descent from the cliffs was lots of fun. The disappointment for me was that 75% of the hike seem to be on ATV traveled paths so not very challenging. The exception was a new section of trail cut that brings you up and across a ridge. This section was fantastic in all respects. If more of the hike was new trail like this section instead of the Sunday walk dirt path it would be a 5 star for sure.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Went around the back way.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

would'vebeen a great hike if the mosquitos weren't so thick! also lots of rock faceon the trail so steer clear after rain...
I would do it again but not when its wet out.....very slick!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This is a beautiful hike in the fall! Nice short hike but the rocky portions add a challenge...will definitely do this again next fall!

Saturday, October 05, 2013

To do the loop you need to take the trail to the right when you come to the intersection. Follow the blue trail markers. We went straight and walked along the power line's access road. Not great views but a nice walk with view of the changing leaves.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nice short hike with several more challenging rocky areas to climb and a little waterfall to go over. Had 2 small dogs with us and they both did fairly well though they did need some help up one of the rock areas because it was just a flat rock with no foot holds up a fairly steep incline. There were a fair amount of gnats and such in a couple of swampy areas; the path is also a bit overgrown in some sections so make sure to have some very good deet or other repellant on you.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

We hiked up into the mountain where there were some steep rock formations. One part of the trail got really steep. We even saw some Blair Witch looking rock statues. At the top there is a excellent view overlooking Route 8 valley about 100 vertical feet high.

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