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


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Hiked this counter clockwise.About 3/4 quarters of the hike is logging road but decent views to the East when you reach the peak of Pine Mountain .Solid rock ground at the top

I hiked this one a couple weeks ago. I would rate its difficulty as moderate.Nice forest setting but no peaks or outcrops to view the landscape.The caves were pretty cool but a little treacherous to climb down to. I was disappointed not to see the Indians in the cave.We must of arrived while they were out hunting game

Great hiking here! Gives you a great work out and our dog loves it too!

Great views, great family hike, we had kids ages 6-12. Trails easy to follow.

Really nice trail, bit of elevation gain/loss but not too bad. Lots of geocaches along the way. Not a ton of views.

4 months ago

it wasn't so hard, and a lot of fun. the view was nice! definitely would do it again

This trail was listed as a 7 mile trail. However after my girlfriend and I finished the loop, it was a total of 9.4 miles. Beautiful hike from the beginning to the end. Breathtaking views from the south and north peaks. Along the trail we came upon the Cut Off Falls Trail. The falls were beautiful and only detoured us for about 100 feet. We came across two boulders on the path. In another review on this app, I read the boulders were nicknamed “ Gods Dice “. We were exhausted after the hike but as always it was worth it!

5 months ago

I loved this trail. I took the left fork, Fall Cutoff trail on the way up. It was rocky and somewhat steep, but I enjoyed the workout. Views at the top are well worth it. I took the Jesse Girard/Lighthouse trail down, which was easier in terms of a more gradual descent. I hike every weekend, and this might be my favorite in CT so far.

Great hike! Tried a shorter trail today got turned around

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6 months ago

This should not be rated hard. It's a great trail run but definitely not hard.

6 months ago

Quick hike to a decent view.

Well marked trail and easy to follow. Fun is in the hike rather the caves. Had a good time.

Sweet, steep, great views but not very long!!

7 months ago

First 800 feet is all vertical over natural and man-made Stone steps. The rest of the way along the trail is easy with multiple viewpoints including a chance to sign in the logbook. Took the Quarry Road to lighthouse trail. Halfway down the Quarry Road I startled a beer which was 50 feet to the right of me. Connected to the lighthouse trail back to the starting point.

Definitely want to hike this in its entirety. Picked this trail because we only had enough time for a 5 mile hike. Thought it was going to be 4.9 in and out, but that's only 1 way. It was a good hike.

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Beautiful hike, very well marked once you are on the trail. Follow everyone's instructions here to cross the street and look for a foot bridge to get to the trail head. The street you will be crossing is kind of busy. Terrain changes so often, breath taking views. Certain part of the hike reminded us of Sequoia national park. Lot of bugs specially if it has rained recently. Also everyone in our group had ticks when we got back so make sure to check for those. I would rate this hike easy-moderate. Not difficult at all.

A good bit of time is spent on a paved road, but it's otherwise a very nice trail with some open views. We saw two bear cubs from a safe distance!

9 months ago

Great little trail that can be completed in a couple of hours on a nice day. The initial part from the River Road trailhead is great to get the heart pumping. Takes about 30 mins to get to the 1st overlook and then it's an easy walk the rest of the way. Start from the other end if you want a gentler hike.

Very nice hike, with some decent ups and downs. Uneven terrain not ideal for trail run. Massive rocks and old stone foundations. 5+ mile round trip.

9 months ago

Very nice views

One of the best trails in CT in my opinion. I start at the large parking lot by the river and shoot up through the woods to the nature center. Then it's up ~2.5 miles on the blue trail with steady ascents and descents until the Falls Cutoff trail. Once you pass this it gets steeper and rockier as you approach the first viewpoint. It's easy to forget you're in CT with the sweeping view of rolling hills. Continue onward to another good lookout and through two huge boulders which a hiker I met on the trail called God's Dice. After the lookouts it's mostly gradual downhill or level trail. Be sure to bring a map and sync with the All Trails map if possible, as it can be difficult to continue the right way at the junction with blue/orange (I think) near a bridge in the last third of the hike.

Great trail- cool views at the top. saw coyotes and a porcupine when I went a few days ago!

Went on this hike looking for something difficult. The trail is not hard at all. There were some wet areas to cross but overall the trail was very easy. Once you reach the "caves" it was a little treacherous climbing down due to the wet rocks. Fun trail as a warm up, but next time I will try the full 9 miles.

Incredibly well marked, and easy to follow. There were a couple steep parts, but the views from both outlooks were 100% worth it.

I was looking for a decent workout and thought this would fit the bill because it's rated as difficult. It is not. It's a moderate all day long. Not to say it wasn't cool. Just not what I expected.

This is quite the climb!

I hiled thus loop with AMC this week and really enjoyed it. The soft pine needle covered trails were much nicer than anything I could find near my home town of Southington. Check out my video recap on my LightWalker Channel.

For those looking for more detail.... I parked at the lot by Hillcrest/Hartland intersection. Was looking for the 9mi hike but went to the wrong spot. Hopped the guardrail across the street from the lot. This was about 2 miles to the natural caves, then I turned around and came back. It rained the last couple days, but trail was mostly dry/damp. There was a few pretty wet spots but I was able to get around them. It definitely was a bit buggy. Trail has a lot of roots and rocks, some flatter spots but not many. I absolutely adored this trail, it was so beautiful I stopped and took a lot of pictures. I'm pretty out of shape, so the uphill areas I needed to catch my breath but otherwise a pretty moderate trail.

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