Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

First the positives. There are some beautiful spots throughout this hike. I saw 3 different species of butterfly and all sorts of wild flowers, apple trees, and grapevine. There are places you can sit and enjoy nature's splendor. Most of the hike is clearly labeled. The negatives. Part of the hike is very rocky, trees are down and there isn't a clear path. I took my mother (who has some slight knee problems) and she had a hard time with this hike. Also unless your dog is an experienced hiker I wouldn't recommend this hike for them.

This is a meet up spot for men. Not family friendly. Wish it was because it’s a very nice trail. We did it but were very uncomfortable when we returned to the parking lot. I googled around and confirmed what I thought was going on.

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Very humid August day and rocks were a little slick. Short scrambles over low glacier ridges were a nice mix in, even having to lift the dog up onto some. Canopy covers well and there is minimal sun. If your into mushrooms....this is a good trail for you. The Orange circle trail on the way back cuts through some large boulders which kids would love.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a deceptively large patch of woods. There are some great trails (on west side) and some rocky ones (south and down the middle). Groton Parks and Rec is looking to decommission some of the poor or unmarked trails to improve the park. Great place for a dog walk or several mile loop hike.

Worth it for the bridge and view from the “leap” point as well. Yes the main trail is pretty short but there are a bunch of other trails to explore in the park.

Excellent mountainbike specific trail. Very difficult. If not very skilled do not go alone.

10 days ago

Good hike, more buggy than I expected. Trail is pretty well defined but in some parts it is definitely not as clear, most likely due to the storm. I went off trail two times and went back to find the trail. The fire tower has an okay view, you can’t see much with all the trees in the way. Also, some parts have trees in the way that you have to go underneath/above and it’s a fun adventure. Wish the trail was better marked at some parts, but overall I really enjoyed this short and quick hike.

Great hike with my daughter. Excellent views and lots of nature. On our way down, 100 meters off the trail we saw a large man like animal eating berries from a Bush. It wasn't until later that we realized we had seen big foot. Great hike.

Bugs pretty heavy in swamp and its a swamp but dry right now.Bet its real pretty in the fall. Will come back.

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.

Really liked this spot. Lots of parking, picnic tables, and pretty views even if you just hang around the entrance. Pretty waterfalls and rock formations, and covered bridge. I did the big loop, beginning on the covered bridge part with my 12 year old and our dog. It’s a good, moderate hike that’s a little more challenging (and fun!) due to all the downed trees and tornado damage. There are a few spots where the markings aren’t super clear - we got slightly off track towards the southern part. All in all, a great spot!

walking
17 days ago

Actually boring. The cave is closed so there is really nothing to see.

hiking
17 days ago

Turned right towards Paradise lane, came up the back, a little longer and harder, first time out hope to return soon.

Glorious start to the weekend - refreshing and inspiring!

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

Trailhead is across the street from the entrance to Chatfield Hollow State Park - you can park there or in the lot by the state park entrance. Beautiful rocks, fun, small, climbing spots — and vultures!! Well marked until the very end — if you follow the sign that says “rt 80 .5 miles” (which is what you should do if you parked on rt 80), there won’t be any trail markers on that half-mile, but you’ll eventually find your car ;)

Did this going from lions head to bear mountain in December. Light snow, a bit icy and windy but definitely worth the view for a CT hike. My dog and I were able to take our time and enjoy the view. Took about 5 hours all around including stops

trail running
25 days ago

Trail was in great shape. Beautiful views from the top.

I'm sure the trail(s) are incredible. But with ZERO trail markers, I can't tell you. The trail map at the park is a piece of wood wolith no markings at all. Walked roadways for an hour and saw nothing other than the same cars and people apparently looking for the same thing.

hiked it with my dog today awesome

Great hike on the lower blue blaze with the kids until they saw the vultures! Lots of awesome cliffs and rock formations.

Great trail through mixed forest with challenging boulders and buzzards Fun

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..

on Westwoods Trail

1 month ago

nice woody trails,lots of mosquitoes.
easy to get lost for a beginner.

walking
1 month ago

Great easy walk for dogs lots of benches for rest

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

Won’t be back unless the trail is maintained. 10 mins in we turned around because it was completely overgrown.

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