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Really nice trails around a beautiful nature preserve, with an abundance of streams and waterfalls. I walked the entire loop with the exception of the trail up to Hardscrabble Road. It was just too hot and I didn't have time. Trails are generally well-marked. If you visit, you have to cross over into the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area on the New York side and see the lovely waterfall. When I was there it was flowing to the point where I could not cross to the other side, so I had to retrace my steps back on the Orange Trail. Probably my favorite local falls because they are not overrun with people.

loved the views, liked the slight difficulty,cave was awesome, felt spirit of the leatherman

Nice trail. Took my four year old and 14 year old and they both loved in. Not too easy but not too difficult. Waterfall was awesome. Even had a picnic. Would go again!

I agree with previous comments, not difficult at all. Summit view was beautiful.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail enjoyed moderate in spots but easy overall

hiked it with my dog today awesome

hiking
30 days ago

Echoing everyone, especially Matthew’s review. I did all the trail and the loop. One of my new favorites! The trail, especially on the nature loop and carters, was only a foot wide, if that. It fits the natural contours and landscape. Beautiful!
The history made it unique.

Beautiful views, and great hike..

Wider then average and better maintained then average trails make it easier to minimize exposure to ticks and poison ivy. Curvy and hilly but not steep. A pleasant walk that’s not to long or to short. My dog and I enjoyed it and will be back.

The trail had a lot of inclinations and some steep hills

hiking
1 month ago

A good, challenging (at times) trail. A little confusing returning to the parking lot. Perhaps more signage would help. Don't forget the bug spray.

I think you have the wrong trail in the map. Millington trail is the red blazes. I know this, because I passed the green trail twice like the devil’s hopyard map says. I think it might be the green trail or blue. The trail listed which is green is the woodcutters trail and the blue it’s just blue. It’s easy to see when you look at the devil’s hopyard map they provide. Great trail I just wanted to bring attention to this and make it so others weren’t as confused as I was. It says that it is connected to the orange trail, but it goes out to the left of the map out of any crossing. Or maybe it’s labeled wrong as the upper loop of the orange trail where you go down a bit to the end of the second loop go back up and skip devil’s oven. Just fallow the red blazes after the waterfall.

on Regicides Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great afternoon hike! Took us about 2.5 hours at a good clip with a few pauses to take in the view. Pretty wildflowers. Will be back to explore more!

Easy trail until you hike up to devils oven. Which has a big incline. Brought a dog and the dog could keep up.

Great for an after work walk!! Not hard but great to be outdoors and near a lake. They charge to park so that’s the only pitfall!!!

Second time going here. Absolutely my favorite. It's a work out climbing up the steep inclines. We
saw tons of red spotted purple butterflies and some turkey! my Wife almost stepped on a garden snake. lol

good trail took dogs had a nice time. not easy, but not too hard either.

hiking
2 months ago

Very unique place. After a brief walk from the trail head you reach the furnace area. You can either check it out immediately - which I did - or leave it for the end of the loop. There are signs explaining the history of the site and the iron mining operation that once existed there. The furnace is pretty impressive. After that I headed back up to the blue-blazed Donkey Trail and continued to follow it gradually uphill until I reached the yellow-blazed "nature trail" - a nice diversion with lots of beautiful mountain laurel in bloom. That eventually hooks back up with the blue trail and continues gradually uphill until you come to the first of the mine entrances, closed up. At that point you have the choice to either continue on the blue trail or take the unmarked trail that leads up into the hills - that's what I did. Eventually that too spits you back out onto the blue trail near the last of the bat cages. If you just continue around the blue loop you eventually start going downhill to Hodge Road and that leads you back to the Furnace. But if you are adventurous you can also add the 2-mile Carter Trail (red). It's worth it - a sea of ferns, lots more mountain laurel and some nice elevation rises. All told the route I took was 7.2 miles. If you like nice shady hikes with some history and natural beauty this is a good choice.

really beautiful hike that isn’t too difficult but still a good workout. you’re above the tree line for a lot of it and there’s a good bit of scrambling which is always fun. go down the mattatuck (probably misspelled that) trail after you reach the top to get to the caves

much easier than moderate. easy plus, maybe.

hiking
2 months ago

Some great views along the ridge! Trail is well marked. Go early and avoid weekends to get away from the crowds.

The directions to the trail didn't bring us to the trail head. We pulled into the picnic area and went to the end. Go over the bridge and stay straight. As you ascend the mountain you will see the red markings. Trail was a bit muddy

A beautiful easy walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Views this time of years are a little bit obscured by the thick foliage but it was a good 2 hour, 2.5 mile workout. Close to home in Watertown - we really enjoyed it. On to the next trail on the list. Make the trip you’ll enjoy it

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day to hike with my wife and dog. Well marked trails with good views.

This trail was more challenging than I expected! Lots of climbing up hills. There was some bad parts of the trail where you are unstable on the side of the hill and other parts you are just climbing rocks. I would classify it as a more difficult hike, but doable!!

this is my all time favorite place to go for a hike. LOVE it. but c'mon people... pick up your dog poop bags. Why do you even bag it if your just gonna leave it on the ground?

We did the blue to red trails with side track to a cave and quartz pit. Trail had pretty pond views and a couple of small brook crossings. I enjoyed it because it was pretty rocky with big flat rocks to walk on in places. Very well marked trails. No real breathtaking views but a nice short hike. Easy side of moderate.

Moderate trail, great hike to the vista! One of the few Connecticut’s gem.

hiking
3 months ago

You can now take this trail all the way to Beardsley Park, Bridgeport.
We rode our bikes from Monroe (Pepper street) to Beardsley Park, Bridgeport.
Coming out of Indian Ledge Park Trumbull, heading south towards Bridgeport, the trail becomes a side walk (still safe for biking/walking) then crosses under Rt. 25 connecting the new portion with tunnels (very nicely done) past the Trumbull Marquis cinemas to Beardsley Park.
This is a good trail for all ages.

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