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To be fair, I was sort of all over the place within the park. I didn’t stick with one color and instead wove in and out depending on the terrain. It’s not a bad hike—lots of river crossings, some with only a log, and pretty rock formations—I just prefer hikes with more scenic overlooks. The best part of this trail for me was the rock scrambling and the walk around the small lake. It is scenic and probably really beautiful in the summer and fall.

Nice 3-4 hour in/out hike today. Might have been quicker except for ice/mud. The top offers a great view!

Great trail and two fantastic view points (with two heart pumping climbs!)
Did it with a decent amount of snow and ice on the trail which made for a difficult hike!

hiking
scramble
snow
30 days ago

Lots of fun. Went with the fiance some of the trail was a little difficult covered in ice and snow but not horrible

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Good snowy 4 mile hike. Some steep inclines. Very clean park. Great for dogs.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I started on Pendleton Hill Rd (RT 49) in North Stonington. The trail is easy top follow as it is well marked. There are, however, several large trees down across the trail and some maintenance is needed for this. I was only able to do 7.6 miles of the trail as the final 3.1 miles was closed just after crossing CT RT 2. Would've gotten 5 stars if I could have finished...

A good hike with the crest trail offering some nice scenic views on the back half. Well marked, and kudus to the local staff for clearing the paths after significant storm damage.

The trailhead has parking and there is even a privy at the beginning of the trail. The trail was a little muddy after the previous days rain (some light snow squalls on the morning of our hike as well) but overall it is in great shape. The steepest part at the end was handled by my dog and my 11 year old daughter without incident. Great views even without perfect weather. Plan to spend some time taking in the view at the top.

Superb hike this December 27, 2018 day. No snow on the ground. Pretty dry on the trail. But the water in the Housatonic was flowing like crazy. Glad to be able to see it at the start and finish. I could imagine how great this hike would be in the summer and the fall. But it was just great in the winter when you could see out thorough the trees. We started at Bulls Bridge and took the AT to Hoyt Rd. Then we doubled back to Rt 55 and unlike the gentlemen below we walked on the road to Evans Hill. Took the Herrick Trail from there and then hooked up with the AT back to Bulls Head.

trail running
3 months ago

There’s way more to the trail than just around the lake. A lot of abandoned architecture!

trail running
3 months ago

Must have been on a different trail because I followed the blue markings and it was about a 3.5 mile loop. The directions from above lead you to Gay City trail head. Not sure if that’s the same as shenipsit or not.
The trail that I did follow was great. A few climbs and rocks to look out for but soft ground made it a very enjoyable run. Saw a few mountain bikers and folks hiking with their dogs but not too many to be a bother.
Great little trail.

Happy running,
Ultra Ryan

Great walk but not an easy hike.

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

Nice hike. Not always well marked and hard to see trail with all the leaves on the ground but used common sense and path of least resistance and trail was easy to follow. Tons of downed trees from the storm in the spring, kudos to maintenance for clearing a path and keeping the trail open

trail running
4 months ago

Always enjoy running the blue loop. It’s not easy but a very cool run with ups and downs and river crossings.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with some amazing views near and around Cobble Mtn. Started from the lower half and went counter so that I saved the views for the 2nd half of the hike. Perfect hike to do in the fall, the colors are beautiful and pictures cant do it justice. Easy trail to follow and i personally didnt find it extremely hard, did it on a late Saturday Morning after a few showers and had the whole trail to myself until the end where I passed a few people heading up Cobble Mtn in the early PM. By the time I was finishing the weather really cleared up, the sun was shining and the parking lot was starting to get packed, so I expect this hike gets busy when the weather is nice, luckily I dont mind hiking in the rain and the sun was out by the time I started the 2nd half of the hike, so I was able to enjoy Cobble Mtn for myself. This trail has a lot of boulder crossings which were very slippery after the rain and a few of the trails acted as streams, so I highly recommend you have waterproof boots with good traction. Great place to go after this hike is Kent Falls Brewery, its a working farm brewery and they have some great beer on tap made right there for a very reasonable price, plus the workers there are super friendly, youll thank me later!

trail running
4 months ago

This is a wonderful spot to get in your long distance run. I’ve been a number of times and I am never disappointed. I have yet to run the entire out and back but have completed about 30 miles of it. It is a packed dirt/gravel trail that slopes very casually making the elevation gain go unnoticed. In the winter I’ve seen folks out there with cross country skies and snow shoes.
This trail is good for everyone and anything.

Happy trails-
Ultra Ryan

trail running
4 months ago

Awesome trail. I came across this trail looking for a place to get a decent long run in. Had just a bit of everything from paved rolling road to soft single track. A few tough climbs but short enough to keep motivated to go on. I would also plan on your feet getting wet. It had rained the day before I arrived but there was still a good amount of creek crossings and marshy areas to navigate. And oh yeah about 3000’ of elevation gain.
I ran the entire out and back and my GPS put me at 26.1 miles. Do pay attention to the yellow Goodwin Trail markers, they are hard to spot in the changing autumn colors. I ran right past a few of them but I can’t complain about it, there were plenty of markers, missing them was my own fault.
Lastly, parts of the single track trail are very hard to navigate due to the amount of leaves that had fallen, the entire forest floor looked like a mix of reds and yellows, which does hide the rocks and roots that I call ankle breakers. Keep your head up (or down) and you’ll be fine.
Overall Richard Goodwin Trail is a must for anyone looking for a good day long adventure. I will certainly be going back.

Happy running-
Ultra Ryan

What an awesome spot we trained here before heading out west to hike Havasu Falls great spot challenging at times with elevation change great scenic overlooks best in the fall in my opinion nice and cool and the foliage was amazing. Highly recommended

Long beautiful trail. Really quiet but the sun still shines brightly thru the trees.
There's different trail difficulties.
Definitely a place for a long quiet walk or even birding.
Only found one point that really over looks the trees.

amazing

Started at Pine Knob loop and Finished at the parking area for St Johns Ledges. Nice hike for a total of 8 miles one way.

A really nice day on this trail. Easy,not too many others gonna do this again when the foliage is brighter

The Saturday I was there was overcast and dreary with no view of the Berkshires from Rand's view and a slight view from Mount Prospect. On the plus side The Great Falls were RAGIN!! Had a nice picnic at Rand's view will definitely return one day when the weather is nice!!

Such a beautiful hike. It was the first big hike I've done this year, it had just enough challenge but still for all skill levels. My dog also loved it.

it is well marked. when I went today there was quite a few spots that were flooded over but not super deep. also I didn't see anyone on the trail. I will be going back to this trail for sure

some great views and terrain challenges

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