Explore the most popular beach 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.

Love this place. There is sandy and rocky beach to walk, wooded trails and wide paths, historic ruins, beautiful vistas and even low flying prop planes overhead. Be sure to wander off on many of the side trails.

hiking
14 days ago

So much to see, and explore. Definitely an amazing crystal clear pond, lots of little streams, and some really cool geological features. Great for kids. I can't wait to go back in the summer.

Little bit wet after rain the night before. Good views of the sound. Free in the winter.

Nice hike ... not difficult at all .. perfect if you’re looking for a short hike

Easy loop, clearly marked and well traveled

The disc golf baskets are a plus

Simply beautiful. We hiked in from a parking lot north of the railroad tracks. The underpass regularly floods and today it was impassable for short vehicles but the sidewalk was above water.

NOTE!!! The waterfront trail floods severely at high tide cutting you off. The water depth at peak high tide is deep enough to go over boots. Some people in warm weather take their shoes off - but in the cold you have to take the long way around or double back.

The trails are very nicely kept. We hiked into the area and took the left trail split. This trail has some significant elevation changes we decided to tackle it while fresh. We also confirmed that high tide was at our starting point and with the flooding we took the high trail hoping for the water level to drop as we hiked the wooded trails.

The view at the end is worth the walk. We were correct in our planning that hiking the woods took long enough for the high tide to recede. We still walked through flooding but it was barely over our toes on our hiking boots - sneakers would not stay dry even 2.5 hours past high tide.

This was my first hike since moving to Connecticut and it didn’t disappoint! Beautiful views, easy hike but long enough to feel like a good work out, and very dog friendly! Bathrooms halfway through the trail were a nice surprise. Also, the GPS directions to the trail head from this app were right on and it was easy to find!

nature trips
1 month ago

Scenic, dog friendly, 10/10 would do again

525 not 480 for address. nice walk but a small Brook needs a little bridge to go across.

Nice easy walk through the woods and over and around water. Dog friendly. I great spot in Fairfield ct.

Nice leisurely bike ride. Easy to follow and wide trail. Don't expect any mind-blowing views. Would be a great trail for trail running.

Easy trail , clearly marked , great views , little elevation and beach

Love this place. Easy loop . This is our go to place to put some steps in.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice place

walking
2 months ago

You need a Stamford parking permit from 1 May through 30 September. Or else it’s $25 to park. Which is kinda expensive to go for a late September walk. You can walk in for free, but most street parking nearby is permit only. Chelsea Piers is about 1/2 mile away and has free parking. But you need to endure the walk through a slightly skanky neighborhood.

It’s a decent walk. Nice water views. Mostly paved trails. Separate lanes for foot power vs wheel power, plus a special lane for littles on wheels.

I’m sure I would enjoy it more sans the parking fee.

A nice walk, and the views were amazing. So very fun with the kids. there was lots for them to see.

We LOVE the ocean, and this hike gives the best of both worlds. Look for the "artist" that does the rock pile statues.... awesome to say the least. We weren't prepared for the sun and didn't realize this has a beach. Great walk although BUSY with lots of people. We will going back many more times this fall. Beautiful !

hiking
2 months ago

First time here. Easy walking but no maps anywhere. Noise from the road traffic was bothersome. Be aware of lots of dead trees. Trails are not well marked so we didn't venture too far off the road itself. Might try it again in the spring.

Still my favorite in the area,

hiking
2 months ago

Great when you're in the mood for something easy that has lovely views. Impossible to get lost. Do check out the penninsula trail.

Even with the map in hands, we had some trouble at the beginning to find the blue trail, and got to wrong trail two times wasting a lot of time. It was supposed to take 3 hours and we took 5. We finally gave up on the map and GPS helped a lot. The trail itself its well market, however right on forks its bad signalised and confusing.

The difficulty is moderate, however as we took a lot more time it felt like hard.

As it was a beautiful day, the pond was like a mirror of the sky, which made all the trouble worth it.

I followed the Nipmuck Trail from the main parking lot and connected to the Breakneck Pond Loop Trail. If you approach this way, be careful--you will get to a meadow, make sure you bear right and find where the Nipmuck Trail picks back up (you will find a baby blue blaze). The white trail and a feeder road also stem from here. The trail itself is not demanding but you will find some narrow/mucky spots you have to scramble over. Pay attention to the blazes, as there are some break off trails.A fairly long and interesting trail, with some nice views. I did not find many bugs and did not come across another soul, despite going on a cloudless weekend day. I will do this loop again, as it certainly tires my dog out, but it's not my favorite at Bigelow. I'd like to take the white trail sometime when it's a bit cooler and my pup won't be so hot, as that looks more fun and challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

loved the trail, not long but lots of rocky areas with small elevation climbs. Can get busy in summer which unfortunately meant there were several areas littered with beer bottles and cans.

Not so much a hike as a walk on the beach. It’s beautiful and very relaxing!! Only downfall was there were bees

Me and my 9 year old daughter hiked the blue trail on a Monday morning. We had a great time. Trails are clearly marked. We will definitely return.

walking
3 months ago

Had a wonderful time walking the beach & the grounds of Sherwood Isl. State park.
With Bruce Toole & Lynne Stevison Toole. Thank you both for celebrating my birthday in a special way @ a special place.

trail running
3 months ago

it's a great, flat run. will do it again. scenic.

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