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

Post storm. Needs large amount of maintenance. Hard to find trail in several spots. The map helped immensely. We had fun bushwhacking over the downed trees but were very tired at the end. Thank goodness for Holy Cow!!

trail running
1 month ago

Tough climb but good trail!

hiking
1 month ago

What a great day for our first hike of the Spring. Did the entire loop. Took us almost 4 hrs. Would rate on the higher end of moderate in certain area. Overall what a great hike. Definitely one of the best in the area.

Lovely hike, although more challenging than I expected. About 3 miles in I saw a sign saying the trail is closed November to March. Whoops! Posting that sign at the trail head would’ve been nice!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy to walk. Nice view.

The map incorrectly labels the trail, about half the trail shown in red is actually the continuation of the Monroe stretch. The Newtown trail begins approximately 3/4 Mile from Pepper Street where the trail narrows to a single user trail.

trail running
7 months ago

Love this trail. Gorgeous views, low traffic, good blend of technical single-track, decent elevation.

hiking
7 months ago

This is one of my local favorites. Despite its moderate rating, overall length and terrain make this one of the more challenging hikes in the area. Interesting features include lake views, narrow gorges, boulder fields, forest flats and some steep pitches. Footing is rough in many places due to exposed tree roots and many small rocks.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Approaching the Newtown line on the well improved and defined Housatonic Rail Trail from Trumbull Center through Monroe becomes a marked disappointment. The trail narrows to an overgrown, rooted and rocky single-track. Most bikers especially, turn back at this point. If continuing on and approaching Botsford, the former industrial site rail tracks rise high across the trail requiring bike portage only at this point. Beyond the tracks is a somewhat undefined, passable but unfriendly route through the industrial area out to Swamp Road where there is a small parking turnout. Email sent to Newtown Parks inquiring about completion of the trail from Monroe have been unanswered. ISTEA has allowed government development funds for such purposes since 1991 and Monroe and Trumbull have done wonderful construction and maintenance of their sections.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a lot more challenging than I expected. There wasn't much total gain but was pretty hilly along the back side of the trail by the lake. There were a lot of intersecting trails and I wasn't sure which direction to go in so having this app was really helpful. Bring bug spray! The bugs were really intense. I would also recommend trail shoes or trail boots as there are a lot of really rocky spots and steep hills.

hiking
10 months ago

Not a terribly difficult trail, but quite scenic.

hiking
11 months ago

A scenic winding trail around the peninsula that juts out into the Housatonic part of Lake Lillinonah and Pond Brook. Perfect for dogs and beginners too.

no parking, private property, no trespassing is all I see when I went there!

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lovely trail through the woods on a sunny 40 degrees day. Went with two friends. Parking lot not plowed but you can get a couple cars in and off the road. Luckily, a smart snowshoer had hit the trail earlier that day or we would have had quite a workout breaking the trail ourselves, not to mention more trouble sticking to the right path. We inadvertently cut across the loop on the map's "dotted" line which shortened the trip but it was still an over 4 mile hike, a large part of which was bordering the lake. As there is currently lots of snow, best to wear higher than ankle boots. You will cross a few small streams.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

I hiked it on a 65 degree February day, and saw a wooden trail sign that said closed December 15 - March 15. Ironically, that sign was probably 1/2 mile in from the Hanover Road entrance.

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not sure why the listing says accessible from April to November. Just finished it few hours ago came across a few billboard areas and never saw mention of that. If there is a lot of snow I could see it being a lot more difficult but it was 40 today and trail was great.

birding
Monday, January 02, 2017

I absolutely love this loop and use it for training for other more serious hikes. It's a great mix of terrain, some lovely views.

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Well my fellow hikers... I just got here and am ready to hike so I'll only do half the stars since I can't say how the hike went so.. as for now 3 out of 5 once done I'll come back and let y'all know what my take on this trail is

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A pleasant hike & not to difficult

Saturday, November 05, 2016

great hike but a little slippery from all the leaves. have hiked this trail both directions for 35 yrs. 1/2 way through we take the old horse & buggy road between 2 stone walls.

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

well marked, lots of up and downs to make it a great workout and the scenery is nice too

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

great trail!

trail running
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This is a really great trail for running. There are usually very few people and the trail can be fairly challenging at times. There are plenty of hills, some tricky footing on hillsides, and plenty of branches/downed trees to dodge. Well worth the trip.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Excellent trail on the outer loop with some great challenges. Conflicting info about dogs on/off leash. Saw one sign say "on" yet another said "in control". The information in the app leads me to believe that off leash is fine. That said, it's an awesome trail to bring your dog.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Took my son and did a combination hike and geocaching. Many geocache searches along the way. Moderate hike with ups and downs.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Overall, this was a good hike. We got a good work out despite the fact that there aren't any huge elevation gains, but there are abundant ups and downs. There were many stream crossings, so make sure you have a good pair of waterproof hiking boots on. The picturesque Housatonic River looms in the background through the forest, offering the occasional cool summer breeze.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Great riverside views. Trails with different level of difficulty. There's a relatively wide gravel road trail as well as Lillinonah Trail (blue markers) that's consistently up and down and on the more difficult side.
Just as a side note, the road to the Echo Valley Rd parking lot is a dirt road that's very bumpy.

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great!! I get over here s couple of times s week, mostly hiking anti-clockwise but it's worth hiking in the reverse direction also. The rating here is Easy but I'd push it a little higher, especially the first two miles as there are a couple of sharpish 3-400 foot ascents where the rough terrain needs care. Brisk hiking gets me around the loop in anywhere from 80-100 minutes.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fun hike with great terrain. The 3.1 miles of the trail that runs along side the lake is great and offers best views and biggest elevation changes. That section is closed until March 15 ( sign posted). Overall nice hike!

Load More