Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiked it on Jan 15 following some flooding which receeded recently. It was a cold day, in the teens, but the ice formations in the river and small brooks were beautiful. Nice trail, easy to follow, and we didn't see another hiker

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.

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.

hiking
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!

walking
1 month ago

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

Loved this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

First off, This trail actually is not a in and out Trail, it's a loop trail. The marker is blue with yellow. Following the markers or bring you all the way around and back to the intersection where there is area to park.

I highly recommend this trail, it has many different types of terrain. the only downside is that there are a few areas that DEEP needs to clean as there are some big downed trees across the trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I’ve done different parts of the trail twice now (mountain biking) and found it fantastic but, at least for a convicted road cyclist, a bit dangerous with so much sharp rock hoping for me to take a tumble. Perhaps I should consider the hazards a feature, not a bug, but for now I take one star off.

hiking
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.

Have walked and biked on this rail-trail many times over the years. Well kept, smooth (a few parts get very slightly rocky near Bolton Notch, but that's considered the Hop River Trail at that point). Nearly flat as this used to be a railroad track, the only inclines happen EXTREMELY gradually. I can only notice the incline on my bike as one direction I'll average 13mph or so while having to pedal constantly, and on the way back I can coast up to 20mph and maintain it with little effort. Great for biking as well as hiking as there are several offshoot trails in both Valley Falls and Bolton Notch parks which offer expansive lookouts and challenging climbs less than a half mile from the rail-trail.

There are several street crossings and the trail is very popular amongst local residents, these are the only major drawbacks keeping me from rating this 5 stars.

Great for people who want to get out and move but don't want to trip over rocks or climb steep slopes (unless you venture off on one of the side trails).

walking
1 month ago

Went for a Post-Thanksgiving walk with the family.

Outer Loop Trail, 5 Miles Red blazed

This trail more-or-less rings the park and it’s about 5 miles. The northern half of the trail is pretty woodsy and the very northernest northern tip takes in a nice beaver pond. The southern half of the loop (south of the Gay City Trail) is the most remote area within the park and hits some nice stands of pine and hemlock as well as a few pond overlooks and stream crossings.

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

We had a great time once we got to the trail, it was a “Perfect” day for a hike. The park is well kept.

Great trail. Not too strenuous.

hiking
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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