Explore the most popular walking 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.

trail running
5 days ago

Beautiful woods. A few areas where trail needs work, trees down. Thank you NFA.

Thought this was a great hike. Only saw one other person. Not overgrown, but difficult going on some sections. Beautiful! Clearly marked and easy to follow.

Very scenic and pretty trail. Alot of wind and rain damage / closed portions of trails.

mountain biking
25 days ago

Had to start on the Monroe side as there’s no parking no trespassing signs in Newtown. Once we got on the trail it was nice biking. There are some tight spots with tree roots and stumps which may be difficult for a novice rider. But plenty of flat wide pathway too.

hiking
1 month ago

Part of the trail was marked CLOSED due to heavy damage from recent storms

hiking
1 month ago

I personally didn't care for this hike all too much. I brought my dog and wanted to get some exercise in for the day. It's good for that purpose, I came in just under 6 miles and it was mostly small up and downs with varied terrain and it was well marked. Overall I found this hike to be a tad boring with few lookout areas over a river/lake with extreme alage overgrowth. No vistas or rock ledges, or nice lake views. I traveled an hour for this one, I wish I traveled a little further north where I know the scenery gets better.

Good trail for hiking and working out. But leaves a lot to be desired. Considering there are several alternatives close by, I won't recommend it, unless you live close by and it's just convenient. Here are the issues:
1. Approach Road: it is just a single lane country road with no clearance on either side, for about 1/2 mile. If a car comes your way, I'm not sure how they will maneuver around yours.
2. Trails are not marked well. Large swaths of the trail are missing markers. Granted, a big part of hiking fun is getting lost and getting back on track; but what if you have to get back in a hurry, such as in case of medical emergency, rain or some other rush? A poorly marked trail is the worst.
3. The map at the entrance mentions only one trail; but I found markers in white (apparently the default) and then some yellow and blue ones. This will throw yiu off the trails even if you are careful. If there are 3 trails, they should be marked and mentioned; not randomly thrown around. Note that the yellow and blue ones are just in some places; and do not constitute clear trails.
3. On the positive side, there is a cell tower close by so cellphone reception is great. In fact I used AllTrails on cell to chart out my course.
4. Some may argue that since cell reception is good, one may call 911 to summon help in case of emergency. Well, I disagree. 911 is for life threatening emergencies; summoning them for getting back to the entrance of the forest is sheer wasteful of their strained resources. Adventure and safety need not be mutually exclusive; a properly marked trail will help everyone have fun and still be safe.

Rustic and scenic.

2 months ago

First the positives. There are some beautiful spots throughout this hike. I saw 3 different species of butterfly and all sorts of wild flowers, apple trees, and grapevine. There are places you can sit and enjoy nature's splendor. Most of the hike is clearly labeled. The negatives. Part of the hike is very rocky, trees are down and there isn't a clear path. I took my mother (who has some slight knee problems) and she had a hard time with this hike. Also unless your dog is an experienced hiker I wouldn't recommend this hike for them.

on Lilinonah Trail

2 months ago

I hiked this trail a few days ago. It was a really fun one! My dog and I did took the road to the blue trail since we couldn't figure out where it actually started. The scenery was amazing! He loved all of the little streams you came across. Even though it's in the middle of summer, the views were still awesome. I had read recent reviews before we went and knew that there would be some storm damage. It was definitely there, especially towards the end of the hike. Be prepared if you're following the blue trail, once you pass the boat, heading South East, you're going to hit a ton of down trees. Lots of going under and over. My dog and I loved it, but for others,it may be a little too much. We are definitely going to come back! We loved it.

walking
2 months ago

We didn't love this trail. It's not a bad walk - there are some pretty views and overall, it's very easy. Some parts of the trail are very narrow/slightly overgrown. Keep an eye out for poison ivy and be sure to check for ticks.

Really this map isn't entirely accurate as the park consists of several smaller, different color trails that intersect at various places. We had a hard time following it, as there were a few spots we didn't think the markings were clear. I'd take a picture on my phone of the map at the parking lot next time. Additionally, today was a fairly cool August day and even with copious amounts of bug spray, it was very buggy. Fall or winter might be a better time to visit. We will probably go back and explore some more, but not during the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail...beautiful along Burr pond and the Housatonic River. Excellent for birding as well...stopped and watched a Belted Kingfisher by the trailhead at Burr pond.. also saw several Pileated Woodpeckers and a large red tailed hawk. Like previous reviewers stated there is severe damage to the trail system from the May storms that ravaged the area in May. It's very easy to lose the trail in these sections.

As of July 17 the trail has a sign stating that it is closed. Hiked it anyway. Most of it has been cleared by the mountain bikers who use the trail system there (according to a guy we saw leaving the trail on his bike). There were MANY trees down from the May tornadoes. One section of the loop (white blazes) was completely blocked in spots requiring some bushwhacking to make forward progress. Some of the trail has been diverted and re-blazed with ribbons. Still beautiful. Very rugged. Watch for widow makers on windy days.

on Lilinonah Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike lotsa trees down from 5/18 storm. Had to leave trail (or lost it) for about 500 yards but got it back. Had a nice afternoon

hiking
3 months ago

very nice trail. its long. walked in the summer. must be nicer in the spring where you can see the view better. we still have to go around fallen down trees from the storm.

hiking
3 months ago

I want to go back. Beware the Lillinonah Trail is closed because of storm damage.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very good trail. However due to the recent storms there is significant damage to the forest at certain sections of the trail. Tried hiking here on 6/2/18. Starting from the echo valley lot and going counterclockwise on the blue trail, About 2 miles in you encounter many downed trees which obscure the trail. This app was a huge help as we had to find our way around them. When we got to the Hanover St. lot we decided to just walk surface roads back to echo valley as we weren’t sure if the condition of the rest of the trail. I understand that the state is going to bring in some equipment to harvest the trees for timber. If you’re planning this hike be prepared to take detours, go off trail and climb over lots of downed trees.

hiking
4 months ago

Only two stars due to the current conditions. Trees down everywhere. I’m surprised it’s even open. That being said river portion of the hike was in decent shape. I’m sure it’s a great trail once it’s cleaned up.

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!!

Cool place to hike it got a little muddy tho

trail running
5 months ago

Tough climb but good trail!

hiking
6 months 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
11 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
Saturday, September 30, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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
Friday, August 18, 2017

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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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.

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