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

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trail running
3 months ago

Trail around Bennet's poind is one of the most beautiful in the area!

Poor markers foe trails. Many are missing. With trails covered in leaves, its almost impossible to discern the trails. Alltrails app saved me, allowing me to see my location vis-a-vis the trails on the map and cutting through the forest to reach one of the trails. But in case of some low emergency such as impending rain or darkness, you may find yourself completely lost due to the poor trail markings.

Family hike. Absolutely beautiful! Challenging for me and my wife (while toting the kids) and we are definitely planning on returning to explore more of the trails!

Nice south east to south west views. Easy to moderate trails

mountain biking
6 months ago

The Bennett Pond State Park is absolutely gorgeous. Mountain biking is on the harder side as there are many sections that require more technical skills. i don't have them so I ended up walking/carrying my bike in quite a few places. on balance - maybe better to do on foot, at least for me.
The trail itself is very nice. it feels remote in a number of places and even has a nice view at the top. That's something that's somewhat rare in wooded Connecticut. you can even see Long Island Sound from one outlook.
Trail markings are not always clear, though the combination of blazes and GPS worked out just fine.

Great Sunday hike. I would not rate it difficult. Starts out as a beautiful walk around the lake, then you have a fast incline. My GPS showed only a 366 ft. Elevation gain. Watch the trail markers carefully. We did white to white/orange to blue to yellow and then to white. A little treck throng marsh land to meet back up with the white trail! Have fun... BTW.. we ended up at 4.16 miles. We lost the trail for a very short time, but the loop is longer than 3 miles.

Nice hike - lovely varied new england type hike with soft leaf underfoot and tall trees with dappled sunlight. A moderate hike with lots of options to make longer or shorter. Beautiful part walks next to Bennett's Pond.

Good trail, nice shade, rocky at points, a few pretty views of shrinking lake.

nice hike with a couple view points. not hard at all, at least not like breakneck. to me it's more of a easy to moderate hike. great for taking your dog!

I'm not really a runner but I like to run when I can't get any other workout in. I've been wanting to hit this trail for awhile and it was a perfect challenge. Three miles with a really good climb that I had to walk up in a few spots. It can be a goal to run the whole thing! Thankfully, I had this app to keep me on course as the trail markings are light in spots so I questioned my decisions at times.

Beautiful trail but path is not well maintained in some areas and narrow in some spots. Lots of brush, weeds, grass, overgrown shrubs, poison ivy, poison oak so be cautious and dress appropriately. Mostly shaded which is nice. Some areas are rocky. Our puppy loves hiking but he was covered in ticks on this trail. No trash bins located anywhere near the entrance or around the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a beautiful property but the trails have really grown in over the years.

nice area will go back and explore more

Very challenging yet awesome

birding
10 months ago

Great location for birding. I've seen Indigo Buntings in the open field and numerous ducks, geese and herons in the pond.

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Did 6 miles on the western part today. I really enjoyed the trails. It was a nice chilly day, high around 25. Wind wasn't blowing too bad so it was OK. Saw a bunch of foxes. I'll have to go back another day and do the eastern half.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Great hike lots of variety.

Just beautiful

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The trail is just as described, easy. Although that doesn't take away from the rock formations, the pond and general peace that exists here. (There is some white noise from the traffic upon entry based on where I parked) I've had my dog out here a few times I've not found it busy at all during the week. Clean. Safe.

Monday, September 12, 2016

I wouldn't call this trail anywhere close to hard. It was mostly rolling hills with a few short, steep inclines on the yellow trail. It is rocky so boots are a good idea. As others have noted the blazes are super hard to follow so pay attention and don't be afraid to backtrack to make sure you're on the right path.

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