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overgrown bushes on trail, not really passable:(

on Lilinonah Trail

5 days ago

I hiked this trail a few days ago. It was a really fun one! My dog and I did took the road to the blue trail since we couldn't figure out where it actually started. The scenery was amazing! He loved all of the little streams you came across. Even though it's in the middle of summer, the views were still awesome. I had read recent reviews before we went and knew that there would be some storm damage. It was definitely there, especially towards the end of the hike. Be prepared if you're following the blue trail, once you pass the boat, heading South East, you're going to hit a ton of down trees. Lots of going under and over. My dog and I loved it, but for others,it may be a little too much. We are definitely going to come back! We loved it.

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.

Excellent Place to Run! It’s my go to every morning. There are so many varieties of trails at this park it’s amazing. Depending on my mood I can so 3- 8 miles and elevations can be very challenging depending on which trail you take. There’s also the possibility of getting lost but just follow the color your sticking with or always have you mike tracker on with a map and you’ll know which way to go back in no time. The perk to this park are the amazing views within each trail. It’s definitely something that makes you want to run even more and lifts the spirit.

this was a really nice place. it even has a small parking area. the entrance is just at the top of the small parking area...it's hard to see when the leaves come in

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail...beautiful along Burr pond and the Housatonic River. Excellent for birding as well...stopped and watched a Belted Kingfisher by the trailhead at Burr pond.. also saw several Pileated Woodpeckers and a large red tailed hawk. Like previous reviewers stated there is severe damage to the trail system from the May storms that ravaged the area in May. It's very easy to lose the trail in these sections.

Way too many different little trails, easy to get lost. 2 and a half hours total, easy/easy-moderate, very few steep hills. Good markings. Good amount of dogs (must be leashed).

A really good trail for families. I have a 14, 11, and 8 year old and they loved it. It is mostly flat and spends about 80% of the time in the woods. The other part is at the half way point at the beach/pavilion area. It was a very crowded beach day and I was the only person with a hiking bag. They have picnic tables at the beach area so we were able to have snacks/lunch there. We saw only one person in the wooded area but a TON of people at the beach area.

backpacking
21 days ago

great little 1.5 mile hike up. views of the east and west at the top ! 270° viewing I would have to say as well, which is always worthy of a good hike

22 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Good if you live in Fairfield County and don’t feel like driving too far to get into the woods for exercise...some broken glass at the only lookout spot, though.

hiking
24 days ago

A nice option for a short hike; it was easy to find and took us about an hour (with our dog, who loved it!). As others have said, try to stay on the red (loop) train. It was easy to follow , and had some nice ups and downs. We went on a summer Saturday - there were a few other people there, but not many. Suspect views would be nicer in late fall / winter, and/or after some rain.

hiking
26 days ago

One of my fave spots with the pup though signage is confusing - no blazes just names and signs are wonky so I always get lost. Always. But I always find my way out eventually too. Great river playing for Dogs too. Easy enough but a beautiful space

Not rigorous, but beautiful, and a great place to decompress

An easy loop trail with good views and an enjoyable hike.

Love this place; some steep parts but a great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A gem

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike lotsa trees down from 5/18 storm. Had to leave trail (or lost it) for about 500 yards but got it back. Had a nice afternoon

A lot of ups and downs. Definitely some parts that require a little scrambling or butt-sliding if you don't feel confident walking down rocky slopes. Not too busy either; small parking lot on the north side with a handful of cars. Unfortunately, lots of broken glass and litter (including fire works, plastic bottles) and graffiti at the top with some questionable wording... also the railing at the peak needs some work, but not a big deal. Great view at the top and got some good exercise. Not a bad time at all.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful little hidden gem. Impeccably marked. Can't wait to go trail running here! As previous comments state, the actual Taylor Pond Trail is only about .75 miles, but if you take the connectors, it adds up to a little over 2 miles.

walking
1 month ago

Great walk! Actually got 4 miles in by looping around the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a 90 degree day humidity had to make it over 100 degree. Me and pearly got 3/4 of the way had to turn around. Way to hot out. Almost fainted and we’re both avid hikers. Long stretches of open field trail in the beginning, No shade. Had to coach the dog back it was that HOT. Great hike if a little cooler. Will attempt again IG: tess_pearly2dajammy

hiking
1 month ago

very nice trail. its long. walked in the summer. must be nicer in the spring where you can see the view better. we still have to go around fallen down trees from the storm.

Great and local. As another commenter said, lots of bugs in Spring/early Summer. Almost none in fall.

Nice lake. Some rocks for kids to scramble up. Great vibe as other hikers share the road, parking lot, and trails.

walking
1 month ago

Good 1/1.5 hour trail. Little bit of elevation mixed in with half flat but rough terrain. About 1/5th you’re walking along the pond, though some views obstructed. Good amount of parking

hiking
1 month ago

I want to go back. Beware the Lillinonah Trail is closed because of storm damage.

This hike had lots of different trails, things to see, easy directions, and parking.

Very pretty, but make *sure* you bring your bug spray!

on Meeker Trail

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

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