Explore the most popular wheelchair friendly trails in Connecticut with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Have walked and biked on this rail-trail many times over the years. Well kept, smooth (a few parts get very slightly rocky near Bolton Notch, but that's considered the Hop River Trail at that point). Nearly flat as this used to be a railroad track, the only inclines happen EXTREMELY gradually. I can only notice the incline on my bike as one direction I'll average 13mph or so while having to pedal constantly, and on the way back I can coast up to 20mph and maintain it with little effort. Great for biking as well as hiking as there are several offshoot trails in both Valley Falls and Bolton Notch parks which offer expansive lookouts and challenging climbs less than a half mile from the rail-trail.

There are several street crossings and the trail is very popular amongst local residents, these are the only major drawbacks keeping me from rating this 5 stars.

Great for people who want to get out and move but don't want to trip over rocks or climb steep slopes (unless you venture off on one of the side trails).

Simple,enjoyable loop by the sound. Great sites,clean, & an outdoor Fitness center that looks new for a bonus workout!

Always love this trail, esp the stretch from Cheshire to Hamden.

Not much to write home about. Just a paved trail through a harbor. You can see Long Island across the way.

8 months ago

Very small trail. I usually enter on the Stony Creek side near a field. the entrance is directly across the street from the library. this trail is definitely all about the views. goes over an old bridge and has a path that goes over the water overlooking the ocean. has a couple of side trails through the woods that are also pretty easy. I really like this trail a lot for the casual walk out side with tons of visual stimulation.

9 months ago

This is a flat paved 1 mile long loop alongside a beach park. Beautiful views of the Long Island sound. Good for a (very) short walk with the kids, but definitely not for hiking or biking.

9 months ago

Super easy trail but the views are spectacular

11 months ago

Nice but was a little difficult to find the trail at first. Wear repellent!

Friday, August 05, 2016

very technical trail, if you're mountain biking

on Deep Woods Trail

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Very woody. Not much in terms of elevation or views, but a nice tour of the forested area around the park. Would recommend long sleeves and pants. No water along the trail either, so bring plenty.

on Deep Woods Trail

Saturday, June 11, 2016

great cardio trail and perfect for solitude. Passed only two other people and a dog. Combined with the Covered Bridge Trail and you clock about 5 miles. Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingsworth, CT

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This review is for the Chatfield Trail only. Deep Woods Trail was reviewed previously. The Trail Head for this hike is across from the Chatfield Hollow State Park Entrance. There is limited parking outside of the entrance so no parking fee is required. This moderate trail is well marked at times and at other times, not so much. We took numerous wrong turns as other unmarked trails blended with the one we were following. Thank goodness for the All TrailsGPS so we could get back on track. The trail wound between boulders and ledges and sometimes up and over them. We crawled through a tight rocky opening and squeezed through other boulders. Some places, the trail opened up into a wide path as it wound its way through the woods. This is a dog friendly trail with very few steep climbs although the boulders section of the trail was a challenge for my Golden Retriever. We had our sights set on getting to the bottom of the trail at Chatfield Hollow Brook, but the heat and humidity started getting to us and we cut the hike a little short. It will give us the opportunity to do it again and see something different. It was a good day on the trail.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

First off, let me say that this is just one of 11 different trails in Chatfield Hollow State Park. It was one of three trails my grandson and I used to complete our 4.5 mile loop hike today. We started our hike near the lake on Ridge Trail (Red) and followed it until it ended at a small pond at the Northern end of the Park. From that point, we picked up the (Blue) West Crest Trail and followed it until it met up with the (orange) Deep Woods Trail .We followed this back to the area where we parked. All the trails were dog friendly, family friendly, fairly easy, well marked and maintained. The southern end of the Deep Woods Trail had some areas where there were steep drop offs.
Hikers with children should be aware of this. The drop off were steep enough that rock climbers were conducting a class at the bottom of the rock face. At the center of the Park where many of the trails begin, are restrooms, the lake, dressing rooms, and many picnic tables. Several fishermen were taking advantage of this gorgeous area before the crowds come for summer. As recommended in other posts, download the pdf map from DEEP http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/chatfieldhollow.pdf This will give you a complete map of the park and all the trails available. Today we completed the western half of the park. I am anxious to return and do the eastern half.

trail running
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Steep and rocky on some trails and flat and rocky on others. Good variety to select. Trails are not very well marked.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Did 20 miles on it today. It was just an ok walk. But it sure was nice out for the start of November.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

When I want to take a long ride to New Haven, its by this trail. I really love the partial shade and the restaurants nearby.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It was a great hike, very clean and the views were beautiful.

scenic driving
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Scenic route along the Connecticut coast with lots of beach access, and good seafood in the small towns along the way.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I've lived in Vernon all my life and the trails have always been a great way to just be alone and calmed. They go all over town and you can pretty much get anywhere on them. Great for biking, hiking, running, or walking.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Love this. Place. And the fact that it's 3 mins awAy from my house

I love this trail! I've been on it since I was a little girl. I've recently gotten back into walking everyday and it's really not that crowded and the people you do see always smile as you walk by. Very friendly! And a beautiful trail!

Very nice

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This is a rather long trail that begins in Prospect, and goes through Cheshire (north/south) and Hamden CT (east/west) through Sleeping Giant St. Park. The trail takes a sharp turn where it intersects with the Regicide Trail that comes up from New Haven. The Regicide trail starts on West Rock and continues north to the Quinnipiac Trail. From the intersection of those two trails, the Q trail (north bound) is a easy trail with a few accents and descents until you get to Mt. Sanford. The trail ends at Rt. 43 in Prospect just past Mt. Sanford. Heading East from the Regicide trail intersection, you cross a number of streets and Rt. 10 (Whitney Ave) before heading into Sleeping Giant - an AWESOME hiking Mecca! After some serious hiking across the park (not for beginners) the trail heads down to the Quinnipiac River in North Haven by the Wilbur Cross Parkway. The trail follows the river to the rest stop near Rt. 22. The section along the river is not well marked or properly cared for and boring.

scenic driving
Thursday, May 16, 2013

From big cities to beach towns to country to historic Mystic. You could spend 4 hours or 4 months on this drive. I have done this drive many times and would still go again.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This place is great I come here with my family every time were our this way. There is so much to do here and it's beautiful. Defiantly a great place for a day trip.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I've been on this trail many a times. It's a flat walk on pavement and is very crowded. It has alot of roller blading, biking, and activity. It's a great walk NOT a hike I think. I think it's great for families with baby stollers that want to get outside. I personally like to stick to the woods with hills and views :)

road biking
Sunday, August 26, 2012

What a great find. We started in Cheshire and headed down to Hamden, just after the Stop & Shop. We parked in the lot across the street from the trail-head. Bike trail is great! mostly flat, paved asphalt, a couple hills but not bad at all. Lock 13 was an excellent view of what the locks looked like back in the late 1800's.

Monday, July 16, 2012

great place to go and do a BBQ and swim

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just a great place to go, any time of the year. It is usually very quiet any season except summer. There is a beautiful lake that you can hike around. The trails range from very easy to moderately difficult. You can usually see some kind of interesting birds, deer, other forest creatures there. There is also a beach that is open in the summer where you can go swimming, etc.. Though it gets pretty packed during the warmer months.

Great place to live near!

1 month ago

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