Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

My wife and I hiked this trail after not hiking in over 20 years. It was nice with a great breeze off the pond. Friendly people enjoying trail with friend both of two leg and four leg types. Lots of roots and rocky areas so if you are new just take your time and look down a lot. Had great time.

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walking
17 days ago

A nice place for a walk. However there really is no hiking involved. Maximum inclination is 100 feet for this approximately 6 mile walk. I’m really not sure why this is put as a moderate hike on this site. If you are beginner to hiking you can easily do this as only walking involved. I do however find many to not follow the leash rules so keep that in mind as well.

hiking
22 days ago

My favorite trail. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and offers a few activities! Gorgeous beach. Plenty of picnic tables and grills. I love to get lost with my dog in the trail around the lake.

hiking
22 days ago

We took the red trail around the lake. While it did keep you extremely close to the water, this was one of the most awkward trails I’ve done. There was food and fishing trash at almost every look out point. It was much rockier than I thought even after reading the reviews. But the worst part was that after walking through what felt like bunch of back yards - the trail just ends with a big fence blocking you and you have to walk on a busy road back to the parking lot. I had my dog who loves investigating everything. It’s a bit narrow, no sidewalk. It was a tough one. That really sucked.

Wonderful hike with dog. Some parts are strenuous. Lots of elevation change, beautiful wild rhododendrons, beautiful pond views, many places to picnic. Trails were dry but if wet definitely wear hiking boots.

Okay hike. Not very exciting, and never found waterfall unless the spillway at the beginning is it. Trail was not always easy to follow. Probably would have been a little better with a state trail map. Overall good day but not as scenic or exciting as we hoped. We started from the spillway on Trail 1 road.

on Squantz Pond Trail

1 month ago

6/2018 Great hike be aware lotsa trees Dow due to recent tornado you’ll have to go over,under and around some but was nice and I saw no one else after look out rock

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little loop around the water. We went on memorial day weekend and wasn't aware it's a state park so there were campers sprinkled along the trail near the end which we totally were not expecting to walk through some people's camp sites. I'm guessing this could be a possibility through out the summer season? aside from that enjoyable hike, places to stop and sit on some boulders long the way to enjoy the view of the water. Wear sensible shoes as theres lots of roots on the path and a couple stream crossings.

Great trail. Be aware of the green trail markers. They looks like the blue trail markers. Added an additional hour. I will definitely be hitting up the trail again.

nice, but very muddy on red trail around lake. Very rocky and full of tree roots. No good for any kind of wheeled carriage.

Been here more times than I can count-there are endless little trails and off-shoots to explore. I generally park in the little dirt lot across from the boat launch parking area. From there I hop onto the Nipmuck Trail and loop around, and then sometimes tack on the Breakneck Pond loop afterward. Great place to take my dog. It is my quiet, peaceful happy place. A nice and easy hike to clear my mind.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for a hike on a great trail. Very easy for kids to walk

Nice quiet trail, well marked

i come here with my dogs all the time, love the trails only negative is there is trash laying around in the more wooded areas. the dogs love the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

The recording of this trail is not accurate. We parked where it said to and there was no trail between parking lot and road. The other side of the parking lot was water. The description says it is used for canoeing and kayaking. Therefore, should be clearly stated that THIS IS NOT A HIKING TRAIL and the description should not say "trail".

Parked at the address of the trail head that is proved! Hiked on the white trail to the blue trail (Breakneck Pond Trail). Important note that the blue markers of the Breakneck Pond Trail are being updated to a blue red marker (3 horizontal stripes blue red blue). There are signs for the marker changes, but not until later on the trail. Due to this confusion I stayed on the white trail longer and accidentally came across the blue Breakneck Pond Trail. If you do the Breakneck Pond Trail counter clock wise I thought it had more uphills than if you were to do it clock wise. I thought the rating of moderate was fair. There are parts of the trail that require rock hoping, walking over rocks to pass thru creaks, and walking on thin log bridges. Enjoyed my hike! While on the Breakneck Pond Trail there is a view of the lake a majority of the time. If you visit during the off season, there is no charge for parking. Went the weekend before Memorial Day and there was no charge.

2 months ago

Great family walking trail but equally good for trail running. It can get crowded on a nice summer weekend.

trail running
2 months ago

Really enjoyed running this loop. Accessed from the North from Breakneck Rd in Sturbridge MA. Like the 1906 granite state border markers.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trails. Some muddy spots on the blue trail near the pond.

hiking
2 months ago

Just a perfect walk. Not difficult by any stretch. Rocky in areas, flat in others, and a great way to spend an early sunday morning.

One of my favorites.

It is a nice easy hike, but unfortunately, some inconsiderate dog owners do not pick up after their pets. So watch where you step.

This is a very natural trail with many rocks and tree roots to watch for! We did have a couple spots where you have to cross the stream via rocks. We did not follow the trail as stated but started with the blue/red trail and switched to the yellow trail. This kept us close to the lake and ended at about 2.2 miles.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice trail on west side going up the hills with a few decent vista points along the way. A wet and annoying return on the access road starting at the state line. Looks like park officials want to restrict access to snowmobiles and motorcycles so put up a series of barriers along road. This, in addition to all the water, was a pain in the neck. Looks like there are alternate options though, one closer to the Pond and one up the hill. Overall, a nice property!

2 months ago

Hardly a "hard" hike. Definitely more "easy to moderate". We parked in lower lot (upper lot was closed) and actually hiked the white Trail which ran parallel to the pond, intersecting with the red trail (basically a fire road) and then back to the upper lot. Lots of trees down and very muddy after all the rain we had but, nonetheless, a beautiful trail filled with lots of little waterfalls and views of the pond. Clocked this trail at 5.2 miles not 3.3 but we did sort of make our own way around.

Wear bug spray and long clothes - this place is infested with ticks.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very natural trail. There are many rocks and tree roots to watch for. There was also some parts you would have to cross the stream via rocks. We started following the blue/red trail which follows what All Trails has. Then on the far side of the lake we switched to the yellow trail which was closer to the lake but off the stated trail. It was a shorter hike of about 2.2 miles, but still very good!

Nice and easy day hike

It’s a little rocky in parts but overall very nice trails

very nice. definitely has some steep steady inclines. great work out!

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