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Guillaume Fichot reviewed Montgomery Pinetum Loops
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Jesse Miller reviewed Bulls Bridge Loop
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Had to turn back at the first major incline due to frozen granular surface. Will come back on dry ground.

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JAIME CROSKEY reviewed Burnham Brook Preserve Trail
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William Carroll reviewed Barn Island Loop
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Barn Island never disappoints. Year round marvel. Dress appropriately and you will always be astonished and you soul replenished. Beautiful piece of nature.... Trails are easy and wide, vistas are varied and vast. A variety of overlapping loops to take as much or as little as you like.

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Linda Dupre reviewed Copp park
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Going back to finish up the orange/purple trails Did the main yellow path and the red and part of the blue.Also went off main marked routes to explore the smaller trails.Beaver activity was awesome to see.

J Piol reviewed Sugar Brook Loop Trail
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February 10, 2019: The water level in the beaver pond has dropped significantly, making me fairly sure that beavers are no longer present. It's a shame, because the beaver lodge was so close to the trail that it was almost under it, as evidenced by the now exposed canals leading to/from the former lodge. I saw a beaver at that exact spot some time ago. 11/11/2018 Note: See my GPS trace from Nov. 2018. It shows the complete trail after the partial relocation. The path along the new section is not yet very distinct, but it is marked well enough (with blue blazes) to follow. ------- The Sugar Brook Loop trail is relatively easy, with only a few relatively short steep sections. A couple of small areas can get muddy after rains, but they are not difficult to walk through or around. There are three stream crossings. The smaller one has an exposed rock to step on (if the water level is not too high). The other two are footbridges over Sugar Brook. The second of those is made of logs tied together. Be careful crossing, especially in winter. The trail takes you through the woods, then follows the Quinebaug river for about 1/4 mile. Shortly after the first crossing of Sugar Brook, it passes a small beaver dam. A bit further downstream, a larger beaver dam can be seen at the far edge of the pond after the leaves are gone in the fall. The beaver pond looks more like a swamp during the summer, due to grass growth. I found evidence of beaver activity alongside the trail in 2017, but did not find any in 2018. I hope they haven't disappeared. Animals that can be spotted during this hike include ducks, geese, turkeys, deer, beavers and muskrat, as well as the more common species that occur almost everywhere in the area, Some unusually large ant mounds (probably from fire ants) can be spotted near the trail as it passes through a small meadow. The most annoying insect problem here is mosquitoes. Ticks are also common here. Repellents usually keep them away. Apparently due to landowner objection, the last part of the trail has been relocated, with a second crossing of Sugar Brook added. The trail now ends at a point directly across the approach road from the start of the trail. The length of the trail has been reduced to 4.1 Miles, and omits the most difficult climb, though the added stream crossing can be a challenge for some. Overall, this is a nice walk. My thanks to the trail maintainer(s).

K Simms reviewed Pomperaug Trail
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Really enjoyed this 2 hour hike, good workout and a few nice views of the lake and streams. Well marked for the most part. Will definitely do it again.

Carolyn Morrison reviewed Nehantic State Forest Trail
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Easy wide trail.

Michelle Young reviewed Paffard Woods Loop
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Great sunset/moonrise hike

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Carolyn Morrison reviewed Nehantic State Forest Trail
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Easy wide trail.

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Melinda O'Brien reviewed Mianus Maze Trail
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love this hike!

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Roy Sabo reviewed Mount Archer Loop
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very nice trail, nothing overly difficult. I combined both trails, doing the entire Moore Trail, at 9.2 miles.

Jonathan Velasquez reviewed Devil's Den Preserve Trail
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Great hike, with a few challenging spots

Jill DiFusco reviewed Mukluk Old Road Loop
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There are a lot of beautiful things to see out on this trail and it is an amazing workout. I would not rate this as moderate, it's pretty hard. The trails are not well marked, and the link for directions from this app sent us down a private dead end street. We had to Google the trail and found an article from a news station on how to get there.

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HikingBlowdown

A great park, and for the most part, a fairly easy hike... We parked along the road and took the BLUE trail south. Lots of trees down but someone took the time to clear the trail. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the return trip north on the RED trail... it was completely blocked with down trees. Not to be dissuaded, we managed to traverse several dozen fallen trees and had to go off-trail a bit for easier routing, but managed to get back to the road. We then crossed the road and trekked further north on the RED trail and got to the turn-around with a spectacular view of the lake. Fairly easy walk down a sloping trail that was well marked. What goes down must eventually come back up, and we confirmed that on the BLUE trail on the return trip south back toward the road again. If I had to do it again, I think I would reverse my routing on this section. The hike back up the BLUE trail seemed more extreme than the hike down the RED trail, most likely due to the shorter distance. Would have given it 5-stars if not for the blocked trail on the southern section of the trail and the climbing we had to do to get past it.

Lynn Sheeran reviewed Zoar Trail
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Nice trail. Lots of ups. Beautiful walk by lake and waterfall.

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Linda Dupre reviewed Perry Natural Area Loop
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As an archeology buff this preserve has it all! Home foundations, with a hand dug well nearby an unmarked cemetery and Native American markers(large cairn rock shaped formations). The trails wind thru the pristine forest and are well marked. Better to walk them when the foliage is down to better see all the grorgeous ledges and stone walls.

Christopher Smith reviewed Blue Blaze and Old Country Road Loop
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Not a bad hike. AllTails parking always leave it up to your imagination. From parking spot head north up the street to trail entrance. We traveled counterclockwise at ~3 mile mark tail merges with a forest road stay on road don’t follow blue. Trail marking and signage is limited.

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Clare Hargrove reviewed Portland Reservoir Loop (Red Blazes)
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great dog friendly trail! quick loop with minimal incline.

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Amber Hopps reviewed Green Falls Pond
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This is a very pretty trail. Great off season when there are not too many people there. Road is closed so you have to park at the gate and hike in. It adds around 3 extra miles round trip

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Shelly Maritzer-Lawrence reviewed Falls Trail to Knapp Way Loop
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George Chorny reviewed Lillinonah Upper Half Loop
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Nice, dog-friendly trail with awesome views of Hudson River. Some ups and downs but generally flat. Watch out for icy spots when hiking in winter.

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Callum B. reviewed Bear Mountain Trail
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Tracey Haley reviewed Green Fall Pond
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This trail was fun. A lot of different terrain. There are areas of arborvitae, areas, of rocky ledge and pine forest. There are areas where the arborvitae have grown low, and you need to duck down slightly. It was a nice trail though. I definitely recommend this trail, and I wouldn’t worry about the moderate rating. It’s fairly easy.

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I dont recommend the second half to barrack mtn unless you have gps/compass. The trail becomes unmarked after the viewpoint, but fun if you are prepared to bushwhack. Steep rocks at points.

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ED Taupier reviewed Oswegathie Hills Blue Trail
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There are many trails, some moderate...some easy. I had two dogs on leash...and they pulled up and down hills. trails were dry, had some ice ..one biker.

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Ken Wagner reviewed Topstone Park
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With the recent rains and warmer weather, we were expecting fairly muddy conditions, but were pleasantly surprised to find the trails in very good shape. We did the Pond Loop with our dog and while she ended up a little muddy, she wasn’t a total mess. Quick question - does anyone know what happened to the small footbridge that covered the small brook at the top (mid-point) of the lake loop? It’s still passable, but the bridge was very well made and I hope it wasn’t vandalized or stolen...

Scott Hokunson reviewed Jones Mountain
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Nice short trail, petty Connecticut woodland, only slightly strenuous. White blaze trail takes you off the carriage road and through stands of native Mountain Laurel. View of New Hartford from the top is great, although artificially created. The mountain side was clear cut (I assume for the view). but on the plus side, Mountain Laurel has either taken hold or been planted to fill the area. Minimal traffic and friendly hikers, with a nice spot for lunch at the top. A little confusing on the south side of the loop, as there are several blazed trails that cross.

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This trail gets 2 stars for the lack of parking at the trail head, but other than that, nice hike. The trail head is literally where there is a stream and guardrails, so you need to park prior to that going southbound on Rte. 17. Make sure you get right on the blue blazed trail, as there are trails on private property there as well, and a lot of gun fire can be heard. The Blue trail goes over and to the left of the stream. It is a good workout, you are either going up or down, not much in between. The views are worth it though, and very peaceful up top.

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