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

12 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.

It was pretty enough but the trail is overgrown and hasn’t had upkeep in a while it seems. The trail takes you on the edge of some backyards, there is highway noise the whole trail, and the last part of the loop is the actual road.

on Westwoods Trail

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Hiked green rectangle off Dunk Rock, picked up Yellow, and looped back on Blue Rectangle. Beautiful New England forest, Yellow could have been marked better.

One of my favorite trails... Many trail choices for everybody's liking.

Pretty trail with easy access to salt water lake and adjoining marsh. We saw a great egret and other birds. Close to train and houses, so quiet, but you can hear civilization. Trails can be confusing - make sure to get a map. The white trail had several offshoots which were also part of the white trail. If we hadn't had a map it would have been pretty confusing.

This trail needs an update. It is no longer a loop, & a quick hour hike turned into a 3 hour into sunset in high 30°end-to-end. I ended up getting a ride back to trail head from a local resident, who said he'd grown up hiking there, and confirmed it's no longer a loop.

10 months ago

visiting from Maine, walked the white trail by lost lake and returned on orange trail. a little over 3 miles. trailed marked ok, but can be confusing at times; same color circle vs. square. dogs had fun as usual! beautiful weather!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The menunkatuck connection terminates at the southern gateway on the harbor. Unfortunately the trail runs very close to suburban backyards but to counter that there are quite a few pastoral vistas which will make you stop and take a look. The marshes and fields along the trail support a suprising shift in the variety of wildlife encountered in the preceding cockaponset forest.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I love everything about these woods. The trails are all very well marked and Maintained. The views are incredible. Make sure to make the trek down to lost lake!

Quiet peaceful great glacial rocks!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Not a tough trail (at least not for those of us from the White Mountains!) but fun to clamber around the rocks and view the lake.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I really enjoyed my Christmas day hike on these trails. There were some good challenging parts but mostly it seemed like it was just a walk-through a nice forest. There's some great views from a cliff and it gets a little technical up there. I'll be back another time to explore more of the trail. Happy holidays!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Had a blast today! Went a little over eight miles and just twisted throughout the maze of trails. I ran my map quest since I messed up recording using AllTrails app again and that gave me a sense of where I was and how to get back. So much to see and fun exploring. Picked raspberries when done then bought an apple pie to bring home. Can't wait to go back. :)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Different at every turn. Loved the fact that we could go a different way every time we are there. Beautiful and fun.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Beautiful views and great hiking trials

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The map led me to nowhere.. I randomly found the entrance in Branford..

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Westwoods is a wonderful little hike with much to offer. The trails are mostly moderate but there are some challenging areas. There were a couple of tight squeezes and an area that required a little crawling to get through. Maps are a must as there are miles of interconnecting trails that can be confusing at times. During our hike today, we enjoyed the beautiful forest, rocky outcroppings, caves, scenic lake vista, and the numerous points of interest listed on the map from Dep. Mosquito repellent is a must in this area. Luckily the mosquitos weren't too bad today as it was pretty dry in the marshy areas.
The hike was interesting enough that I will be back to hike areas I wasn't able to get to today.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good trails to get lost on. If you like just mess around and hike where your feet take you this is a good one for you. Bring a map and relax and have fun

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Absolutely wonderful little hike. Lost lake and the several vistas overlooking it where spectacular. Make sure to see each of the "destinations" on the trail map, they were all really great. Would go again!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Westwoods Preserve offers you a trip through history: diverse choice of trails, stunning views and a sense that you've walked back in time.

See the CT DEP site for a great trail map to make sure you miss nothing. My tribe and I have been there 100s of times; every hike unique -- we've rarely run into other hikers or bikers. At one end you'll find the historic caves -- at the other you'll find Lost Lake.

The following is paraphrased the Westwoods entry in Wikipedia; see also the CT DEP website for a trail map.

Westwoods encompasses 39 miles (63 km) of trails alongside caves, lakes, streams, rivers, and rock formations. The preserve, owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, converges into other preserves from LI to Northern CT.

The well-marked and well-tended trails are perfect for walking, running, biking and horseback. Kayaking through Lost Lake looks like fun as well.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

We used to live adjacent to this preserve and hiked it regularly. It offers 40+ miles/1200 acres of well-maintained hiking trails of easy-to-moderate difficulty. Lots of natural rock formations and waterfalls. Hike toward the marsh and tidal areas to glimpse osprey and other beautiful critters!

Friday, July 04, 2014

This is a great hiking area right in the middle of Guilford, just off of Highway 95. I believe there are 39 miles of trails, so definitely bring a map! If you stop at Bishop's Orchard you can pick one up, along with some lunch. Definitely check out the yellow trail. There are multiple trailheads and you can opt to do a quick loop or hike for several hours.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Nice trail. Couldn't find the waterfall though and lake was pretty smelly but nice hike.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The driving directions sent you to Three Mile Course to hike the Lost Lake Trail but we found it much more convenient to park on Sam Hill Road. It starts you right off on the White trails that lead you to the beautiful Lost Lake and the Carved Rocks. The rocks are a little hard to find but it was a beautiful walk.

on Westwoods Trail

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trails ranged from good easy walks to pretty challenging hikes depending on where you went. Did 6 miles and there was plenty more to see than that. I parked near Bishops Pond, free parking for about 10 cars.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hiked this trail with my fianc and our dog. Moderate trail that was quiet and not over crowded for a weekend. We only came across three other hikers and it was beautiful out.

Friday, November 04, 2011

This is a BEAUTIFUL trail! Not very hard. The white square is a bit more difficult than the white circle trail, and that is mostly because of the big rocks that you have to climb up at the end, but it takes about 60-70 minutes at a novice pace to reach the vista, which is stunning. This is a very accessible trail, with an OK parking lot, but it gets very crowded after about 10am on the weekends. Very neat terrain, you literally walk right next to the train tracks for about a quarter of a mile, which is interesting...

This is part of the Westwoods trail system in Guilford/Branford, which extends for thousands of acres and contains cave like rock formations of which you can crawl under/over, vistas, hidden lakes, rock quarry's and more.... You can take this trail to the rest of the trails and hike all day if you wanted to. Living in Guilford myself, this is by far my favorite trail due to how easily accessible/beautiful it is year round.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Westwoods has around 50 miles of trails ranging from pleasant paths in the woods to difficult rock-climbing challenges.

28 days ago

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