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Great family hike. 4, 5 and 7 year old. 3.4 miles with dog. Right after snow melt and rain, falls were flowing! Will go again.

Nice hike with family. Very busy, which is a pro and a con. Great for dogs as there were a bunch of dogs on this trail. Nice views from the tower.

Nice family hike with family and dog. Waterfall was the best park. Busy, popular spot. Nice for picnics too.

We did this as our 1st hike of 2018.
Took the Red trail, as the map says it's to the Overlook, but we only came upon railroad tracks.
Luckily we met a woman who advised us to take the Red to Blue/Purple. THAT led us to the top overlooking the Housatonic River.

From the lower parking lot, follow the 'road' to the left. Half a mile up, you can pick the Red trail on the Left. Go up the mountain. At the Red & Blue/Purple intersection, bare Right onto Blue. The overlook is a short stroll. As of today, if you took the trail in the woods, the log bridge to cross the water was blocked off, you could not continue.

Will go back in the Fall to get a better view of the foliage.

Great snowy hike today. We parked in the commuter lot, crossed the street and walked up a side street to find the trail head. It was easy to find and everything was very clearly marked. We will definitely go again.

Great winter hike - loop trail is strenuous enough for a work out and quick enough (90-120 min) to squeeze into a busy day. Nice views of the surrounding hills and a few streams and small waterfalls. Trail is well marked and dovetails with the AT for ~0.5 mile.

Magical especially after a snowfall...

22 days ago

Pretty hike, took me about 50 mins front to back including ~5-10 mins at the top. Love the tower! Very cool.

24 days ago

Nice little walk around the pond. Not too strenuous.

29 days ago

it wasn't so hard, and a lot of fun. the view was nice! definitely would do it again

1 month ago

The trail wasn't well marked, but it was beautiful in the snow.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Technical, flow, and some fun features to play on.
This place has it all!

It was amazing. I only walked about 2 miles in but I intend on going back next weekend for the whole round trip. I’m looking forward to this hike. It is flat or downhill in most places so far, so deeming it Easy was definitely appropriate. Looking forward to doing it this weekend!!!

1 month ago

Nice easy walk especially if you’re bring older dogs that may fatigue quickly.

Quick and nice!

1 month ago

I love this trail! It feels like a moderate hike to me with outstanding views of the lake. It's well marked and there are a number of options to take. Park in the boat launch area if you don't want to pay.

1 month ago

Scenic Walk along the beach, there is ample parking in December. I'm not sure the same would be true in the summer.

This should actually be known as part of the 1,000 Acre Preserve, an area recently preserved by the towns of Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Essex. It’s a nice LONG walk through the woods. Nothing strenuous other than distance. Named Pequot, I guess, because it wraps around Pequot Swamp - not sure how else it might have gotten it’s name. The entire Preserve has other connecting trails but these are in the process of being officially established. Amazing and huge forest. Dogs required to be on leash. Bikes not permitted.

Beautiful scenery. Trail poorly maintained

Easy hike and good views. It's a bit crowded though. There are lots of families and people of all ages on the trail. There is a picnic spot near the tower.

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