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

18 days ago

Very easy hike with unbelievable panoramic views of the water.

19 days ago

Nice easy walks along CT and Lieutenant Rivers. Lots of spots to fish, crab and just relax. What h out for poison ivy.

3 months ago

More than 4.5 miles as stated above. Approximately 7 miles for the loop. Good trek.. well marked trails. Will do it again

Nice hike.

11 months ago

Actual hike route is nothing too astounding but combine this with some time at the nearby ponds A+. Also some views of meadows & ponds along main road through park. Bugs were out in force.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Visited the park for the 1st time today and hiked the orange blazed trail. everything was extremely well marked, and the switchbacks going up the hills were appreciated! The orange trail was very narrow and overgrown with prickers and poison ivy. There were small features marked on the map, such as farms and a "flume" but they were underwhelming. Overall it's a nice spot, and we'd like to come back to try some more of the trails.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice trail, well marked some hills.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Very well marked trail. A lot of different trail options. Looking forward to going back in the spring/summer months.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trails weren't all bad. I hike all the time doin 8-9 miles at a time. This kicked my ass. The markings could be better I even used my GPS to get out. Needs work

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mosquitoes were everywhere on October 17. I hiked four other trails in the past week with very little mosquito activity, so I believe that it has something to do with location. Markings could be a lot better, and there are no trail maps provided on site. Taking a photograph of the main trail map (found some at the pond and lake there) is not helpful, as they are not very detailed. Views were average, moderate incline.

We loved it! This was our first time here. The trails are so well marked and there are many different options depending on how long you want to hike. We did the red trail. Such a gorgeous place!

Friday, June 24, 2016

My Grandson and I hiked this trail today expecting a moderate workout. We got that plus. Most trails have hills and then settle into long stretches of relative flat terrain before any more hills. This hike was laid out between several hills. There were very few short stretches of level land and many hills to climb. We hiked 4.7 miles and it felt like 4.5 of it was uphill.......As one reviewer put it, it was not an easy hike. We started this cardio workout at the Uncas Pond parking lot .The trails were pretty well marked but the many cross connecting trails got confusing at times if you were not paying close attention. The hike itself was just okay. There didn't seem to be much reward (scenic stuff) for the amount of effort to complete the hike. I took very few pictures today as there just weren't many" Kodak Moments." It was a nice walk in the woods. The highlight of the hike was the cool down at the picnic area beyond the parking lot where we started. Bring your bathing suit as Uncas Pond is very inviting after a sweaty hike. Mosquito repellent is a must..... Horseflies and mosquitoes will drive you crazy otherwise..

Did the orange blazed trail (Heritage). Fantastic hike! Love all of it. Great time of year for this trail as the mountain laurel is in full bloom. And smells so sweet.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hiked 7.6 miles and only saw one other person (and that was on our way back to the parking area) great hike. Good hills, interesting formations to see and s nice view from the top of Nickerson Hill

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Very nice place to do hiking the only bad thing for me today was the mosquitos I think is the time of the year. But is very beautiful and relaxing you going to see different trails you can found different wild flowers a lot places to take picture.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Parked at the beach end of Uncas Pond where there is a lot. Picked up the blue trail. It is well marked but you have to pay attention because there are many offshoot trails. There is a 400 foot ascent so I wouldn't call this easy. Our loop was almost 5 miles and we saw no other hikers. There are a couple interesting rock structures that have been there a long time. A nice place to sit at the top and have lunch. Will definitely go again.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The trail is moderately difficult with a lot of hills. There are side trails which take you deep into the woods. There are signs of a settlement, most likely native, which makes it fascinating.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fun little hike; can be done in 3 hours with lots of picture taking.

This place is a gem! One of my current favorites. There are actually quite a few marked trails running through the park. The two longest, the orange-blazed Heritage Trail and the red-blazed Nubble and Ridges Trail are each 2.5 to 3 miles long, and run from moderate to difficult. These are extremely well-marked and thoughtfully planned trails. Man-made wooden bridges alternate with natural rock over streams. All of the trails are well-maintained. It is rocky and hilly terrain, with beautiful stone walls throughout, miles of mountain laurel and doesn't seem to get crowded, even on a beautiful day.

Monday, December 10, 2012

We love taking our kids to the fairy trail in Hartman.

Great place to kayak -especially if you can avoid the crowds and motor boats on the weekend. Go across to the marshes or explore one of the rivers (Lieutenant or Blackhall) or paddle up to the sound Can get shallow in places if you go up stream so pay attention to the tides.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The heritage trail loop is a great trail with lots of history: old stone walls, foundations, chimneys etc.

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