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Plainville, Connecticut Map

This beautiful, and short trail (about 45 mins around) is a nice relaxing walk with a few moderate ups and downs and great sights of the lake up close. Perfect trail for sunny days and is mostly shaded. Don’t take this trail a day or 2 after a rain storm unless you don’t mind muddy shoes and ankles. In this case the higher elevation trails aren’t muddy.

1 month 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.

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

One of my favorites.

4 months ago

Well marked and maintained trail. Enjoyed the scenic overlook of Crescent Lake from the Orange\Blue trail. Looking to come back and do some kayaking on the Lake next time! Fun day! 3.5 stars.

Great walk - we will go back

Beautiful! Red trail keeps you closest to the lake

10 months ago

Very nice! Took our 10 month old baby and we had a blast.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The red trail is no good. Theres a next level up and the trek is amazing. Theres a rock ledge to look off and the trail offers alot of variety.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great hike with an amazing view to finish!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Easy trail, nice views, can be wet and might have to cross streams if it has rained a lot.

Friday, June 09, 2017

I should add the metacomet terminates on esther. st. I'm NewBritain...then if you walk down to west main you can do the blue blazed towards farmington.But it's a half mile or so on asphalt

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Fun trail. Meets up with metacomet and you can walk half mile to blue blazed off west main st. new britain/Plainville line. This trail will take you over pinnacle mountain towards farmington! This is where the leather man's cave is. Good luck.

Monday, June 05, 2017

A little wet but that's because it rained yesterday. Wanted to get a hike in with my pup before the rain started again. Went the red trail around the lake - next time I'll go the orange up to the lookout!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We wanted to go on the larger trail, but we got there a little too late. The trail around the lake was very muddy, but quiet and relaxing. Everyone around us was pleasant too.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Easy but pretty & quiet- nice pines along both sides of the reservoir

Sunday, December 04, 2016

orange trail is very good, only takes about an hour and offers some nice views and a decent workout. take it counterclockwise for the best workout.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Enjoyable hiking trail. Good car parking area. Trail map at the beginning of the trail. Pay attention to follow the trail markers. I've hiked the orange trail a few times by myself. Following the orange markers prevented me from getting lost. I use a hiking staff, there are some elevations and fairly steep descents on the orange trail. There is also an easier trail which follows right along the lake edge.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

trails not clearly marked. markings are outdated and off trail in some places. Beautiful woods and lake. nice place to get lost which is what we did

Monday, August 01, 2016

nice quiet easy trail

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Good workout, not too much incline. Nice loop and easy to follow. Lot of people fishing, some people on the trail.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Short little loop options. We did a couple. I wouldn't rate it hard, maybe two moderate sections. A nice view of the lake at one point.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Ducks were awesome.... where good ankle sneakers.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Crescent lake has a few trails. One around the lake that is moderately flat and easy. One upper trail that has a few climbs and is about 3 miles and then one to the right where you kind of do a loop. It's sad to see the top trail will be going away. They've already started cutting down trees. The only bad part about this trail is the "fisherman" smoking around the pond.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beautiful, peaceful trail with a wonderful view!

Thursday, June 09, 2016


Monday, April 25, 2016

extremely easy & beautiful.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not difficult at all nice short hike pretty view of Southington and Bristol

trail running
Thursday, September 17, 2015

There are three marked trails in the park. Red loop stays close to the lake and is very muddy in the spring. Orange loop starts near the lake but then goes up the hill and connects to the blue blazed Metacomet trail, nice views in several places. The green loop stays in the woods, several unmarked trails come off the green trail. Unmarked trails were made by mountain bikers, lots of switchbacks and a few jumps. Great for hiking, biking or running.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Easy hike that took about 30 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. Pretty view from the top. Decided to try and loop all the way around back to the beginning, but the trail thickens right at the end and I probably ended up with Lyme disease.

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