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

Beautiful and excellent run. It is not 5.3mi but 6.338mi for the full round circuit. Follow the blue Marks throughout the way and you will be in for a treat with stunning vistas and superb running terrain.

This is my favorite hike!!!

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

I hiked here today and it was great! It had snowed last night, so the trail was coated, but it was only moderately slippery in a few spots. The views on this trail are incredible - there are a bunch of overlooks! Definitely recommend this hike.

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1 month ago

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

Nice trail, not a lot of traffic. Beautiful trail for colors in the fall. Family friendly, took a bunch of kids ages 8-12 and it wasn’t too strenuous for them.

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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.

Beautiful nature preserve. Hikes aren’t too strenuous. The trail map I was given wasn’t really a trail map so I had to explore for about a half an hour before I found the real trails (lots of smaller trails for kids right behind the center). Once I did, I was very pleased with the scenery and the level of difficulty.

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1 month ago

I recommend parking at the Spring St lot. My major gripe with this place is between the parking lot and the summit of Lookout Mountain (the view) the park is very popular and therefore littered with broken glass and lots of foot traffic. I suggest veering right off of the white trail toward the pink trail for a bit more of a challenging and secluded route. After reaching the summit of Lookout Mountain venture beyond the viewpoint onto the yellow trail (which starts in the treeline 180° from the view on Lookout Mountain) toward the summit of Case Mountain. Eventually you will turn left onto the Yellow/Blue trail if you wish to head to the summit of Case. This leads you to a more remote and quiet area of the park, with interesting rock ledge formations, ascents, decents, traversing near large boulders and overhanging rocks, and squeezing through narrow walls created by tall boulders on either side of the trail. This is probably my favorite trail of all in the park. Overall difficulty is easy, there are no scrambles, no very steep grades, the only risky dropoff comes shortly after joining the yellow trail, as it intersects and follows a 30-40 ft high cliff face and eventually descends down a more gradual part as the ledge meets the hillside. There are some rocky areas and clearly some gradual elevation gain, but it never manages to phase me much (205 lbs 6'0").

Would recommend exploring all of the trails offered here, it may not be difficult or the best views, but it is a beautiful and interesting landscape.

Hidden treasure right off Route 80 that I drove past hundreds of times without knowing it existed. Walk through pine trees, has a Vermont feel..then all of a sudden the lake appears. And it is very impressive. massive lake. Water is crystal clear. Worth a trip to Killingworth.

Super scenic, paved and Unpaved options. Deer, woodpeckers.

Like the park. Trails well marked.

Great walk - we will go back

Great hike from Camp Sloper to Castle Craig!

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1 month ago

So long as you don’t mix up the trails...it is a nice scenic hike. We, however, entered at the “end” of the trail which was the mattabassett trail and ended up staying on that one as opposed to the pond trail. Our 1.5 mike hike turned into a four mile one...with our three kids rock climbing in parts. We ended up coming out onto a service road, hopping the fence and then walking along roadway to get back to trailhead.

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1 month ago

It’s a great easy hike for a family. Most of the trail is pretty wide and impossible to get lost on. The lake the the trail surrounds is beautiful from any point of the trail. There are a few places where the trail is very rocky, but nothing my 3 kids under 9 can’t handle.

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1 month ago

Nice loop. We did it counterclockwise. There are many bridges as we followed a stream. The trail was wet with some muddy sections. The are many rocks and roots. Good footwear is advised.

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1 month ago

Signage at the North Stonington Transfer station still indicates the trail between Wintechog Rd and Rt 2 is still closed. Attempted anyways however had to quickly turn back since all trees with the blue blaze are removed and no sign of the trail exists. Instead parked at Ryder Rd and did the portion to Wyassup Lake and back. Trail is starting to become overgrown and the blue blazes are faded and hard to see.

Great hike, beautiful vistas, decent level of solitude. The southeast portion of the trail is well demarcated but he northwest and northeast portions need some work. The blue-yellow trail which dissects the loop in the middle is well marked but tons of trees are blocking the path but it is easy to get around. The elevation changes are somehow challenging. This is definitely not for beginners except the first portion on the east side of the mountain. Plan for about 3-4 hrs if you are walking the entire loop.

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