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

Be prepared for a really quick intense rock scramble! Starting from here will give you a serious workout before you loosen up... highly satisfying and you will meet some great through hikers. Bring some trail magic.

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21 days ago

We do this trail every summer and it never fails to please. Even the hard part has started feeling easier. Definitely more overgrown this year!!

Great easy hike for you and the family with beautiful waterfalls and rocks. I’m not sure why you have to pay 20 bucks for parking on the weekends when it’s a state and public park? And those porto John’s bathrooms are gross, you’d think with the money they collect from people and government they would have built a new restroom for the park. Other than that, it’s nice.

this trail had a great New England feel. stayed at campground with 3 kids for father's day for weekend which was perfectly rustic.
I echo others advice to start at northend and go counterclockwise to avoid step rocky descend, especially with non teens. excellent river walking stops down before park ranger cabin, westside had nice low cascading falls. the other side down further by pull off had natural pool which were swam in cause it was hot. we'll be back, even with 1.5 half drive from greater Hartford. stop at Dottie's Diner in Woodbury for doughnuts, their best in state.

It was HOT!!! 1st bit is quite steep. Great time nice trail. Good training for my Long Trail trek in September

Great hike! We did the blue trail counter clockwise. 3 of the 4 of us were in sneakers, the other in hiking boots. The sneakers were OK, we just had to go a bit slower. Beautiful views at the top where we stopped to have our packed lunch. At one point around the campground, there are some facilities if you need a bathroom, complete with toilet paper.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop with different terrain and great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick, easy, took the dog for a swim. Nice 2 hour hike. Taking time to enjoy.

Good hike, although I'm confused about the 1,735 ft. elevation gain stated on AllTrails--maybe we climbed that much in total ascending/descending, but Cobble Mountain itself certainly isn't that far from the valley floor. We started up on the yellow blazed trail from the Macedonia Brook SP visitor's center and did the blue loop counterclockwise from there. The yellow blazed trail was seriously overgrown with downed trees, but we figured it was a less trafficked trail and therefore less maintained. However, some sections of the blue trail also were pretty overgrown, which we found surprising considering that Macedonia Brook SP is (1) pretty well trafficked and (2) at the epicenter of tick country! The first ~3 miles counterclockwise from the south end of the park were rather boring forest hiking; after recrossing the park's main road, the hike's second half was more interesting: ferns and the brook and the small scramble up to Cobble Mountain were highlights. We spent 2.5 hours completing the loop at a quick clip. BRING BUG SPRAY! Lots of standing water in the park = free arm workout swatting at mosquitos/flies.

hiking
1 month ago

This loop trail was a nice way to pass our Sunday afternoon. Though the parking lot near the trail was almost full, we only encountered a few people while we were hiking. We hopped off the trail at a few points to walk down to the river. There are several opportunities for awesome views as you walk. The trees provided some much-needed shade from the sun, but I could see it becoming buggy enough to require some bug spray. Our pup had a fun time climbing up and down the rocks. This was a win for me.

Great for trail running!

Very nice park, kept nice and clean. If you do plan on going on the trail, I suggest good nonslip shoes. I saw way too many people wearing flip flops and tripping and falling when it could’ve been avoided. Waterfalls are great, trails are nice and shady. There are areas on the grass in front to have cook out with family but I suggest bringing chairs to sit. Fee for out of state visitors so keep that in mind. There is also a person that comes and sells ice cream.

Super easy hike. Wasn’t completely impressed with the fall...there wasn’t a lot of water

Wonderful view of the Catskills and the Taconic range at the top of Cobble Mountain. Some great scrambling continuing north on the blue trail. Hiking shoes definitely recommended. After this section it’s just some light descending, not bad at all. Full loop is roughly 6 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

I've done Macedonia Brook State Park so many times I've lost track but it's definitely a favorite. Today I found it more overgrown then I've ever seen it which means I was picking ticks off myself and my dog, unfortunately. I usually do the blue trail up to Cobble Mountain and back but decided today to continue past Cobble Mountain. I wasn't really interested in doing the entire loop but was more interested in seeing what I had never done before. Cobble Mountain really is the highlight of Macedonia Brook State Park in my opinion. I was hiking alone with my dog and discovered a crazy decent down a rock scramble that I'd have to say was pretty sketchy. So sketchy and so sheer at one point, my dog wasn't having any of it. I had to shimmy my way down on my butt to a safe spot where I could then lift her and place her down. We paced ourselves with our wobbly legs and paws and did it. This is definitely not a hike for a novice or anyone afraid of heights (which I am) and/or rock scrambles. I'd consider it a moderate hike to Cobble and then moderate-to-hard if you continue past Cobble. We continued down the blue a bit more, then took the green to the green-orange. We played in the brook for a bit and ended up taking the gravel road back to the start of the blue trail where the car was parked. Too tired after doing that insane rock scramble down to continue exploring the trails we'd never done. Level ground to calm our weary legs. All in all, did 4 miles in 2 hours, seeing beautiful views, scrambling crazy rocks and seeing NO ONE, starting from the blue trail, going clockwise. Enjoy!

Love this hike. Close to home, challenging but just short enough that it isn’t too bad. The views are absolutely stunning at the top, and you can see as far as the Catskills. Definitely worth checking out~

Great hiking, very easy. Some of the trail is paved but not the majority free parking for all CT license plates

So many different Falls to look at and a nice easy path right alongside them which goes up until reaching a bridge. Very Majestic. The park offers some shade and a nice picnicking area.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike. I started at the north end of the blue loop and went counterclockwise, and I think that's the best way to tackle it. Would not want to come down Cobble Mountain the opposite way. There is one very tricky section just as you start to climb up Cobble Mountain where you have to hoist yourself up some big rocks. I managed to do it hiking alone but it was a little hairy. The views from the top were worth the effort. After Cobble Mountain there are some more vistas along the way, then you head down into forest and descend down to the brook. A bit more rock scrambling there. I took a quick break for a snack at the brook then headed up the other side of the blue trail, which has some sustained, gradual climbing but no real views. Just some nice forest hiking. Eventually the blue trail descends again down toward a campsite. You can walk along the road there and cut the loop short if you want, but I did the entire blue loop back to my car, with some more ups and downs and a little more rock scrambling at the very end. Rewarding hike, but I would not do it in any kind of bad weather. Proper footwear a must.

hiking
3 months ago

The route where you see the concave curve on upper right hand side is so hard. one section had us climbing down boulders. not fun but with 2 dogs...almost impossible. We baled out and joined the gravel road route. Very pretty place but the trails aren't trails.

nice trail with waterfalls, not many decent views but when you do see one it's amazing. give yourself about 5rs time and bring snacks.

just short of rock climbing. great workout.

Cool bridge nice waterfall

hiking
3 months ago

Nice climb with a great view at the top watch out for snakes

Wow. Easily the biggest payoff for least effort hike I've done. Spectacular series of waterfalls. As you ascend the very nicely constructed (mostly paved) trail there are benches and lookout areas along the way. The money spot is at the very top, where the water spills over a cliff edge and down into a sort of cave, then cascades down further. There was a photographer down below taking photos of the uppermost falls from a tripod. There are signs telling people not to leave the trails, which he ignored. Happy to report he made it back to his car. When the paved trail ends it pays to take the root-bound trail up to the right, where you can see the stream that leads down to the falls, and even walk out above the falls if you have the guts. I ventured out a little bit but wanted to be mindful of my footing on a wet day. At the end of the trail you cross a little bridge and can descend down the other side of the falls on the red trail, which doesn't have any great views but is a nice peaceful stroll back to the parking lot, with the sound of the woods keeping you company all the way. There was also a yellow trail that led back into the woods, but I'll leave that for another time. If you want a great spot to visit or take kids, with some absolutely majestic views this is it. Picnic tables near the parking area, and totally immaculate. 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure! You can also fish for trout there if you want. Not sure why you'd do the red and yellow loop. All the views are on the other side of the falls - take the main (paved) trail up and the red trail back IMO.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail.

I very much Enjoyed this hike. Not very difficult...great for folks with not much experience hiking as well as families. Calebs Peak is a wonderful spot to stop and enjoy the view south through the Housatonic valley...pack a lunch!!

Great moderate hike..started from small parking lot off of route 341. Went up and over both St John's ledges and Calebs peak. Took about 4 hours with a stop for lunch on Calebs Peak...plenty of rocks to sit on and enjoy the view south of the Housatonic Valley

Hiking to Caleb peak was about a 1 mile rock scramble with nice views at the top. We continued on the AT just to get some distance in, although views weren’t as nice after the peak. A good day hike!

Waterfalls get nicer higher you climb. Go when there's snow or after rain

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