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

I love the Scout Camp. I just wouldn’t call this a hiking trail in it. Most of this “trail” is the unpaved road leading into Deer Lake Scout Reservation, then a left turn at the parking lot to follow the road to the Cedars Camp Site. This is a good camp with lots of trails, but this isn’t one of them.

4 days ago

Easy/Moderate hike- nice variety of elevation gains/losses and far enough away from most of the crowds by the lake.

27 days ago

great walk with my dog. beaitiful area,
i mostly stayed on main road.
which was easy.

Hiked the beautiful Upper Chatfield Blue Blazed Trail including the Alternate, Blue and Orange trail from Route 80 to Coughlin Road and back. The trail is in excellent condition which is remarkable considering the devastating winter storms this year. There are a couple of blowdowns but they are easily navigated by going over, under or around the tree trunks. The trail is well marked but don't confuse this Connecticut Forest and Park Blue Blazed trail with the trails inside Chatfield Hollow State Park, which are also very nice. (I did see some reviews of those trails incorrectly posted here.) Love the ledges but keep a lookout for the Turkey Vultures, they are harmless but can startle you!

Great moderate hike. We kept on going for about 2 hours, not realizing how far in you can get. The views are quickly spectacular and on hot days, you can swim in the park across the way or just hike the shorter trails there!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice but was a little difficult to find the trail at first. Wear repellent!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Easy trail, walked the white trail circle, plenty of fun but not the breathtaking views I have experienced from other local hikes.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful. Trail is well marked. Fun hike.

on Deep Woods Trail

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Very woody. Not much in terms of elevation or views, but a nice tour of the forested area around the park. Would recommend long sleeves and pants. No water along the trail either, so bring plenty.

on Deep Woods Trail

Saturday, June 11, 2016

great cardio trail and perfect for solitude. Passed only two other people and a dog. Combined with the Covered Bridge Trail and you clock about 5 miles. Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingsworth, CT

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This review is for the Chatfield Trail only. Deep Woods Trail was reviewed previously. The Trail Head for this hike is across from the Chatfield Hollow State Park Entrance. There is limited parking outside of the entrance so no parking fee is required. This moderate trail is well marked at times and at other times, not so much. We took numerous wrong turns as other unmarked trails blended with the one we were following. Thank goodness for the All TrailsGPS so we could get back on track. The trail wound between boulders and ledges and sometimes up and over them. We crawled through a tight rocky opening and squeezed through other boulders. Some places, the trail opened up into a wide path as it wound its way through the woods. This is a dog friendly trail with very few steep climbs although the boulders section of the trail was a challenge for my Golden Retriever. We had our sights set on getting to the bottom of the trail at Chatfield Hollow Brook, but the heat and humidity started getting to us and we cut the hike a little short. It will give us the opportunity to do it again and see something different. It was a good day on the trail.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

First off, let me say that this is just one of 11 different trails in Chatfield Hollow State Park. It was one of three trails my grandson and I used to complete our 4.5 mile loop hike today. We started our hike near the lake on Ridge Trail (Red) and followed it until it ended at a small pond at the Northern end of the Park. From that point, we picked up the (Blue) West Crest Trail and followed it until it met up with the (orange) Deep Woods Trail .We followed this back to the area where we parked. All the trails were dog friendly, family friendly, fairly easy, well marked and maintained. The southern end of the Deep Woods Trail had some areas where there were steep drop offs.
Hikers with children should be aware of this. The drop off were steep enough that rock climbers were conducting a class at the bottom of the rock face. At the center of the Park where many of the trails begin, are restrooms, the lake, dressing rooms, and many picnic tables. Several fishermen were taking advantage of this gorgeous area before the crowds come for summer. As recommended in other posts, download the pdf map from DEEP http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/chatfieldhollow.pdf This will give you a complete map of the park and all the trails available. Today we completed the western half of the park. I am anxious to return and do the eastern half.

trail running
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Steep and rocky on some trails and flat and rocky on others. Good variety to select. Trails are not very well marked.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Love this. Place. And the fact that it's 3 mins awAy from my house

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This place is great I come here with my family every time were our this way. There is so much to do here and it's beautiful. Defiantly a great place for a day trip.

Monday, July 16, 2012

great place to go and do a BBQ and swim

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just a great place to go, any time of the year. It is usually very quiet any season except summer. There is a beautiful lake that you can hike around. The trails range from very easy to moderately difficult. You can usually see some kind of interesting birds, deer, other forest creatures there. There is also a beach that is open in the summer where you can go swimming, etc.. Though it gets pretty packed during the warmer months.

Great place to live near!

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