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Very good trail conditions except for the short passage on a service road which was a bit muddy and generally not as pretty. Lake in Bolton is good for a small picnic - nicer at the wider end.

Amazing trail, not well marked but follow the foot path and the map. A lot of poison ivy so be careful! Tons of wildlife! It was amazing! There is a marked “dog pond” it looked over grown and gross (with pollen and mud) but the dog LOVED it. Highly recommend.

One way out is crushed stone the other is lots of roots. We opted to go up to gravel road it was a nice breeze. Nice ruins nice falls nice trip!

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rocky
8 hours ago

Kick ass trail. Mosquitos aplenty. Some serious climbing. Not for the faint at heart.

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9 hours ago

Definitely more of a walking trail than a hiking trail. Had to follow all trails very closely. Falls don’t appear to be on this trail. We had to do a detour across train tracks to find them - but worth the walk. Not very scenic but good for families, dogs, walks, jogs, etc.

This park is one of my favorites. We went early this morning with the intention of hiking this trail, but part of it was closed off due to some work that was being done. So we did purple to orange to blue to orange to purple. It was beautiful in the morning. And we found about a thousand little orange newts, so my kids were psyched haha

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muddy
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rocky
9 hours ago

The park is easy to find since the trail starts at the end right next to the skate park. I wasn't really digging the waterfall idea more like a little flowing stream if you ask me. the blue blazes are easy to follow but be warned after you follow the river and come out on the gravel sandy road watch the blue blaze where you turn up the hill since its hidden on the tree. yes i missed it and you can be circling that area for a while which is more like a dump. whats good is you got the over look view on the way to wolcott road and a cave as well as this big swamp and pond at the end so some nice scenic things. its not a long hike either so if you want more do the whole mattatuck trail it goes for miles

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10 hours ago

This is a great little trail! The mix of environments (wetland, meadow, and mountain), the tough little half-mile climb, the views at the top... who could ask for anything more.

At one point all trail markers were not visible. I tried using the map to find the main trail and could not locate it. Thankfully I was able to follow one of the black dot trails back to the main trail. The description mentions a lake? I never saw anything resembling a lake, swamp yes. As for a moderately difficult trail, I would say more on the easy side of moderate. I was less than impressed after reading all the reviews and description.

Well maintained trail that has a range of plants and trees!

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11 hours ago

Just one long uphill climb but at the top you see Sleeping Giant Castle Craig UConn Health Center Hartford....views! Didn’t do the complete loop though

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12 hours ago

Made it to the boardwalk only to find out it was closed. The trail besides that was okay.

Beautiful area, very scenic, however, trails are poorly marked. I ended up going in circles for an hour then gave up. The lake is gorgeous, and monuments are cool. If you don’t mind a structured trail then you’ll really enjoy this.

I usually start out of a parking lot on the south east end of the lake and just do the loop around the lake. Lots of birds and trees.

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muddy
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rocky
washed out
13 hours ago

Nice trail to walk. Muddy in some spots. Bridges to help walk across the muddy spots. Buggy but overall nice and peaceful with a pretty waterfall.

This was a great hike!! It’s a little rocky and there are some roots to watch out for but the payoff is great. The waterfall is beautiful and a nice place to sit. We went a little off the trail but found our way! Highly recommend.

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muddy
14 hours ago

Great little hike, small portion at the end of orange to get to the parking lot is closed so had to walk back on the main road.

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