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

Great view, great zen

Great trail with amazing views from Rattlesnake Cliff! Highly recommend this trail.

Took the dog up. Some tricky spots but overall a nice up hill hike in. Slippery hike out but the view is worth it. Always fun to continue on to Pinnacle Mt via the Metacomet.

First time here - we (my puppy and I) loved it!

Beautiful scenery. Trail poorly maintained

Great hike with the kids. Saw a bear climb down from a tree and run up the hill in front of us!

Excellent trail on Autumn day. slight ups and downs, no big deal

a hidden gem! pretty steep parts, lots of rocks. it was challenging for a beginner like myself but doable. The view at the end was totally worth the hike up. beautiful. also the entrance is a little hidden, basically on the side of the main road.

Outstanding trail with varied and difficult terrain. Can't wait to. Come back and run this trail

Trails not very well marked. Not sure if I was on the white or blue trail.

Trails not very well marked. Not sure if I was on the white or blue trail.

Good hike. Tricky in certain parts due to rocky terrain you have to climb over and around. And because of the rocky terrain, it can be easy to lose the trail since it's not always a clear path through the woods. All in all, though, I'd do it again.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful grassy trails on the grounds of the Hillstead Museum, also a must see. Grounds are open to the public year round. Park at the museum. Lots of birds and wildflowers.

Well marked trail, few challenge areas.

Great view from the summit! Make sure to leave a note in the journal up there.

Fun. Nostalgic. Not overcrowded. terrain changes often and the ledges and caves are suprising landscapes considering their proximity to the surrounding towns.

Nice views and some varied, but not too difficult, terrain. Also some neat history in this area! Hospital Rock off nearby Red trail and Will Warren's Den.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

I'm not a very active person, so for me this was a challenging hike. It got a bit rocky at times and there was a little bit of scrambling.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

From Pinnacle Rock,you may wish to explore the lower fire trails south to what is known as "Hospital Rock", an outcropping of traprock containing the names of smallpox patients who were impounded there to take "the cure" and carved their names in the rock to pass the time as they waited for the inoculation to do it's work.Most of the names date from 1794-1796. While you are there,please resist the urge to scratch your own names on the rock to try to carve out a slice of your own immortality. This rock is a state historical preserve, and this would be considered VANDALIZIM. I refuse to visit this site anymore, as I am enraged and heartbroken over what some thoughtless and inconsiderate hikers have done to the rock. It's location should never have been made general knowledge back in 1974 by Plainville historian Ruth Hummel. She never anticipated the consequences of that decision. How sad.Another sign of the sad times in which we live.

Lots of broken glass & some graffiti :/ otherwise nice views from the top

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice little hike, a lot of side hilling at one point, grades are only moderate and not difficult at all.
There is no waterfall and this icon should be removed.

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

This was a nice quick hike to meet a friend. Moderate to easy

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great trail, would rate it more moderate. Great views of downtown Hartford. I did bring my mountain goat pup, she picked up a few ticks, otherwise I would of given it a 5 star.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

the directions bring you to what looks like a trail head with nowhere to park?

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

This is a very nice hike. It has good views. I wouldn’t rate it “hard”. Depends upon your frame of context. It IS one of the more technical trails in the general Hartford area. A lot of ups and downs and some rocks. Good fun here. Don’t let the rating scare you. It’s a nice feeling looking back at the towers from anywhere in the Hartford area and say “I did that”

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Overall good trail. A little steep at times, good vistas. I did route six to the Nike Missile silo and back. I didn't have too much time to explore but the Missile silo wasn't much to see from the trail, but pinnacle rock was cool. LOTS OF POISON IVY! So watch out. It also gets slippery in the rain, especially the roots.

hiked from RT 6 to rattlesnake mountain where the Nike Missle base was formerly located. There are some terrific views and it is definitely a Moderate hike not sure about the Hard rating.

hiking
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is a great trail and i think the main description is misleading somewhat... The Metacomet trail (blue marks) can be accessed from rt. 6 in Farmington or off of Pinacle street in Plainfield. I live near it so I hike it all the time. From rt. 6 you climb up to where the towers are and then continue on to the Rattlesnake cliff, then decend down and go through bunch of up and downs valleys to the Pinacle cliff. That's about 2.2 miles of decent hiking. From there you can keep going all the way to Plainville which is maybe another 3 miles (that's my best estimate so don't quote me on it), or just turn back and call it a day. You definitely get your heart pumping hiking just 4.5 miles to the second cliff.

There is another trail (more like a dirt road) there that is used for road biking, 4 wheelers and dirt bikes but i never tried it and have no idea how long it is or where it's going.

hiking
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Walked blue trail with 3 kids, (7 yrs and two 5 yrs). Walked up about an hour, a few spots a little intimidating for kids but they loved the trail. Definitely will be going back when we have more time to walk further. Trail was marked well.

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