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

beautiful trail! the view at the top is the best. my great Dane loves it as well

Great hike with a great view!

This is my favorite hike!!!

I did the hike on a warmer December day. The hike starts out fine but it does get quite steep at one point. We made it to the top and beautiful views but ended up walking down the paved path on the way down.

no trail

Great morning run

Love it is so nice and relax

Pretty rocky. Nice views. On the upper end of moderate imo

Nice hike once you cross the highway and get away from the sounds of the cars. Some steep rocky inclines but worth it for the views at the top. I plan on going back in the fall.

Started at the park, walked over 691 and followed the white trail for a while, went right up the front and rocky part of the mountain, a bit slippery, watch out for snakes in large rocks. Trails could be marked out better, views are awesome.

Monday, June 12, 2017

no trail. just someone aimlessly wandering around the woods.

A pleasant hike near the Southington/Meriden Border. Not easy to find the trailhead/start...but once on the trail, fairly well marked. A pleasant moderate sloping trail except for .2 or .3 directly to/from the top where where it is significantly steeper.

Some broken glass among the rocks along the trail... Nice view from the top...

the place is great and the view is awesome the only thing is the it doesn't have signs to guide you where the trails are. nice place to take fresh air and enjoy of the forest.

Note: I checked off "Kid-Friendly" because most of the trails are fine for kids but certain steep and rocky sections of the Blue and White trails are only for older kids with some hiking experience.
I did this one in early December with both of my dogs and my mum. We started on the White trail toward West Peak, crossed the pedestrian bridge over 691, continued uphill on White. We took a sharp left onto the Blue trail. Part of the Blue trail was very steep and narrow - I wouldn't recommend this particular trail for small kids, although many of the other trails are fine for kids. After the steep/narrow section it became very rocky - my dogs had a tough time on some of the jagged boulders. Once we were up the summit of the West Peak the view was pretty spectacular - you can see almost all the way around. We explored the different viewpoints from the summit then took the paved road to East Peak and Castle Craig, bypassing another tough section of Blue trail (maybe next time!). After checking out the views from East Peak (also spectacular, although West is a bit higher). we sought out the White trail and took that the whole way back. As you first head down the White trail from Castle Craig it's also very rocky, steep and challenging, but it eventually becomes moderate for most of the way down. I don't recall how long this took because I'm writing about it months later but I believe it was a few hours. I left off one star because there was quite a bit of broken glass on the very steep sections of Blue and White trails. Otherwise a fine hike, amazing views, and a great workout. I definitely want to do this route again in the nicer weather although I'm sure it won't be as quiet as it was in December.

Great hiking trail and awesome views from Castle Craig! It was rocky in some areas, but it wasn't too bad. The map was very helpful! Definitely will come back and hike this trail again!

Easy to miss the start of the trail to head up the east slope, which is a bit more engaging of a hike than the paved trail. Light rocky scramble in portions, and can be steep at times. You can see New Haven and the Long Island Sound on clear days from the castle.

We hiked this trail back in October 2016 and I forgot to leave a review. I will say I think we took a different route than the map shown here. It was a bit confusing when we first arrived but we ran into a local hiker that showed us a good starting point, hint: follow the blue arrows painted on rocks and trees and you will eventually make your way up to the castle. Really great views of Meriden and the water. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. We enjoyed this trail, and it's definitely moderate. Would maybe take a hiking stick next time.

Not too hard to hike....

Amazing views !! We walked up the main road all the way to the castle, and man what a wonderful view. You feel like you are on top of the world ! All the leaves were changing colors so it looked like all the trees were on fire. We took the blue trail down and it followed the bluffs down. absolutely need to see it if you are in the area. Logged us at 5.46 miles.

my go to trail! good workout and the views from the top are beautiful.

A challenging trail for novices in spots, with a great reward of beautiful views at the top. There was a very steep section at the beginning where we must have lost the trail, we climbed up roots and loose rock to the ridge, then rejoined.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

We took the Castle Craig trail. It was marked well. Not too difficult and absolute amazing views once at the top.

Loved this trail! It got a bit confusing at times, but thankfully I had this app to show me where I was and how to get there where I wanted to go. Not sure if I would have found my way without it. There are a lot of loose rocks and a steep climb right before the castle, but it just made it even better! Even if the view wasn't as incredible as it is, this hike would be completely worth it. Not to mention all the parking in Hubbard Park was super convenient.

Moderate difficulty, altered between brief difficult periods and scenic easy to mid-range trails. The trails were occasionally tough to follow, but the views were absolutely worth it. From the top of Castle Craig, you can even see Long Island on a clear day!

Excellent. Path is easy to miss - right after you go under the bridges - steep climb at first and right before the tower but worth it and got the heart racing for all (five and seven years old loved it)
The tower was cool with access to the top for great views.

Great trail for all levels of experience.

An unexpected Connecticut gem. On a clear day offers outstanding view from the top! Cool cliff for photos and the castle is a neat added bonus! you can access this by the white trail or just climb up the access road. we started before the park opened (shhh) and the road was still closed. No bathrooms at trailhead or at the top so make sure to go before. Would definitely return to this close nice view hike!

Nice trail. Really steep & rocky if you go up to the castle from the right side entry. Easier starting left on white trail. Doable for a toddler but get ready to carry them at parts...uphill over rocky terrain.

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