Explore the most popular lake 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.

24 days ago

Reasonable trail. Very well traveled with some elevation. Rock toward the top makes for slippery footing in rain. Good one for family.

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

Nice place. Easy access from 91 but, far enough that there are no traffic sounds from the highway. Quiet enough to hear nature.

This is a great trail for bringing kids as it’s paved and flat. Kids can walk or ride their bike while you walk.

Great hike with a great view!

Hiked the trail Sunday, 3/4/18 , with three others and enjoyed it very much. We followed the blue marked trail to Mount Lamentation and returned on the red trail.

5 months ago

nice hike very clean no glass or litter the kids and dog loved it

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.

11 months ago

Just did this on Sept 9th with ideal weather. Brought the whole fam - wife & 3 kids (9, 7, and 5). Not too tough for the 9 and 7 year olds. Great views at the top - and some decent slopes on the up and down. Not too hard or long but good challenge for the fam.

Great morning run

Love it is so nice and relax

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Paved, flat, shaded, along a river , very nice

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A nice, flat, paved trail. It is great for walking or taking the kids, or working those hiit sprints! Also, the dogs love that there is easy access to the water for a little swim.

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.

trail running
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great trail - so clean!

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!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I walk this trail frequently. It's a flat paved trail that runs along Quinnipiac. All wooded area. Good for young kids with bikes and walking dogs and strollers. The trail runs from Cheshire to Meriden. On the Meriden side there is a small grassy area to set up chairs and picnic by the river. Not a hike but a very nice walk. Clean and pleasant.

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....

Monday, January 02, 2017

Meriden treasure!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nice walk through the woods.

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