Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near East Haddam with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is an easy dog friendly and family friendly hike. It's a short 2.1 mile hike that is so green and lush in May that it makes one think that they are in Ireland. The parking at the trail head is very limited. We found room for 1 car only!! See included Photos. The plaque on the huge boulder near the end of the hike was a nice touch.

trail running
3 days ago

Beautiful trail. Thank you to the volunteers who keep it so nice!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely some challenging incline areas for true novices. We did the loop clockwise & towards the end, there were some areas not clearly marked due to trees falling, but that was a challenge my kids enjoyed! Also some boggy/wet areas but those will dry out in due time.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on a sunny 41 degree day. Trail is well marked with blue blazes. Several stream crossings with well-placed stones. I am 67, wife is 66 and we found this to be enjoyable. It's more than just a walk in the woods, but not overly strenuous. Some nice canopies of tall laurel. Road to parking lot is heavily rutted, so we parked on River Road and hiked in the short distance to the trailhead. Lots of trees were down from winter storms but it was obvious that the preserve managers had been there clearing the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail series with waterfall, bridges, and skyline views. Took a few questionable turns but made it back to original trail. 4.2 miles overall with extra turns. Trails need some updating and clearing for the warm weather, but otherwise this is an absolute must!

Awesome hike, great all day adventure. Steep hills reaching the halfway mark and then pretty steady easy incline all the way to the end

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with some moderate challenges, especially along the river bank. Great vista view on clear days. Note: For best route following, do NOT use the park's orange blazes as they only cover the main route - not the more interesting hike.

hiking
3 months ago

easy trail. good views. the castle was closed when we went.

Perfect hiking weather the day we chose to hike this well marked trail. Challenging yet fun trail. Was surprised that we did not see another hiker the entire trek. Well worth checking the trail system out.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view of the river below when the leaves are gone.

This place is gorgeous! I loved it all. Trails well marked, amazing waterfall! Highly recommend!

Great day!

hiking
6 months ago

We picked a perfect day to hike this trail. The trail is well marked but you need to pay attention due to several intersecting trails. We did the trail in 4 hours and 15 minutes.We did not see another soul during the trip,

Absolutely lovely

6 months ago

Very busy

The orange trail is good for hiking.. specially the steep climbing of devils oven ..

8 months ago

fun trail , many variations if you want it to be longer, takes about 30 mins of a moderately steep climb to get to the view .. saw lots of wild life taking some side trails back!

Cool place

backpacking
8 months ago

Backpacked through this in one day. My original intention was to use this as a testing ground to see how well I'd do with backpacking. For a first time hike with an extra 40lbs worth of backpack, I'd say it was difficult. Without the added weight I would guess that this would have been a fairly easy trail. There is a long portion of gravel road in the middle that does get a little boring, but for what I wanted to learn I'd say this was an excellent hike.

I wish I could give this a 3.5 stars. It's nice, not great, no outstanding features but the fern beds everywhere are nice. You're also very unlikely to see anyone else while you're out there.

Our family followed the white trail to the red trail. A couple of semi-challenging inclines for kids and out of shape mommies. Beautiful scenery and water sounds.

Well marked trail. There are some steep areas on the trail that would be hard for younger kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Gillette Castle state park is a nice place to visit and hike. You can tour the Castle home then hike the trails. Well worth seeing the building.
Our hike followed the personnel mini railroad that Gillette built, he was an actor who made big money in the early 1900's.
There are many trails on the property, some go down to the CT river, others follow the old RR bed and others wind around the property.
I always like following the RR bed trail. To each there own.
Oh yes, the views from the Castle are amazing of the CT river and beyond!
Well worth it for this alone. Enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

We came the week before the museum and castle were open for the summer, so I can't speak to those, but the trails were sub par. They mostly just intersect across a small section of woods. There's a good view of the river and the castle is cool on the outside. I wouldn't recommend here for the hiking.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Devils hopyard will take you out of Connecticut and into Vermont with its similar river and tree views. One of Connecticut's best hikes.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Decent uphill climb going up to the vista. Made it challenging, but fun. Gorgeous view though!

A quick hike, not super challenging, good for beginners or people who don't usually like the outdoors. Would be fun to come back and have a picnic after the hike and hang out down by the water.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Really easy and had a great view.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful view, lovely place to go see, but it's not so much of a hike, when you drive up you see the building right away it wasn't as exciting to just see it and walk away

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