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

great trail, amazing view, not long at all! definitely not for those who aren’t fans of hills because it is a small climb but worth it :) one of my new favorite trails in the area

Map provided by the ranger station is terrible, very difficult to differentiate roads from trails, no labeling of trails or even where Mt Misery is on the map. Despite that, this was a pleasant hike with nice views. When we came down from the peak we continued on the blue blazed trail into the woods rather than walking back on the road. Although not clearly marked as such, this is the Pachaug/Nehantic trail which splits at a point where an old railroad bed is visible. We turned right onto the Nehantic which eventually meets the road which takes you back to the parking area. Adds about a mile to the walk.

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1 month ago

Look for the Blue Trailhead sign on the side of the road across from Hopeville Pond State Park parking lot. We didn't pay attention and took a different trail in search of the "little waterfall" for the CT DEEP Sky's the Limit Hiking Challenge. When we reached a quarry we realized we did something wrong!

We returned back to the parking lot and then found the trailhead sign up the road a little bit. Nice trail that crosses over a few water creeks. One had a few railroad ties to step across which were not firmly placed ... so beware and cross carefully. the "little waterfall" was only a trickle. We chalked it up to the summer and lack of a good recent rain.

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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1 month ago

Good short hike. The trail up is well marked. Decent incline but peters out before it gets too hard. Great overlook! I took Fire Tower Rd down to complete the loop.

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.

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2 months ago

Was ok, lots of uphill to start, first overlook is shrouded by trees. 2nd is very nice. Might as well just skip the loop and walk back down the trail, half the “hike” is on maintained gravel roads.

Nice quiet trail, well marked

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2 months ago

Nice hike with a beautiful view from the top! Lots of trails in the area to extend the hike.

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3 months ago

To explore this trail or anything in Pachaug Forest, the Connecticut Walk Book or Connecticut Forest & Park interactive maps are great planning resources. https://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue-blazed-hiking-trails/blue-blazed-hiking-trails-interactive-map. And at the Pachaug Forest HQ off Rte 49, there is a map board with a supply of free trail maps for the north and south sections of the forest.

Kids and I enjoyed this hike.

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4 months ago

Gorgeous 5.1 mile lollipop style hike. Spacious dirt road mixed with narrow and rocky trails around the pond. Plenty of sunshine and trees. Water was sparkling. Weather was absolutely perfect today, 3/31/18. When all the leaves fill in it will be even more stunning.

good workout

took my dogs here this morning and loved it!! nice incline on the way up and smooth sailing on the way back. there’s nothing better than being up in the mountains and the view is beautiful. didn’t even come across a single soul on our walk.

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9 months ago

Had a great hike around the pond on a beautiful foliage day!! Our older legs got a good workout on the up and down parts, but there are plenty of smoother parts too. Was lovely to always have the sparkling pond in view. Pond was rather low, so the falls were not heavy, so we’ll have to return in the spring. A+++++

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9 months ago

I enjoy hiking these trails very much!

9 months ago

Great view during fall and lovely sunset!

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11 months ago

A decent hike for the first half (starting @ the smokey the bear sign) but it was an uninspiring dirt road for the 2nd half. Overlook was so-so. It seemed more "easy" than moderate.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beautiful trail. I hiked it with 3 kids under 5. I would recommend it for kids 5 and older. There is a nice swimming area. The trail features a lot of climbing... there is a small stream you have to jump over on the rocks. It was not easy with the little ones but we did it!!!! And they loved the waterfall, butterflies. We did run into a huge eastern hognose snake. They are harmless but definitely rattled me. Enjoy it!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice trail not too challenging and a great view at the top

Monday, June 12, 2017

It was wonderful. We had a blast. But we park in the back of the mountain came out in front of the mountain. Couldn't find car. Some nice people give us a ride back to our car. Thank goodness it would of been a long walk back.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Relatively easy hike around the pond. The whole trail is well marked. There is some scrambling over rocks and tree roots, but still pretty easy. We made the hike longer by heading down part of the Narragansett Trail all the way to Dinosaur Caves. It was really pretty and quiet.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nice park but don't take a wrong turn I ended up in someone's back yard

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful morning for a hike.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice hikes. Combined several trails from different parts of Forest.For the most part, they were marked fairly well. All total, did 10 miles. Luckily we stopped at the main office building and picked up a map. Otherwise, we never would have known where we were going.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice hike. Pretty decent incline at beginning of hike, but nice views at the top

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hiked this trail today and although there was a very nice walk along a very busy brook filled with trout, there was no lake or even big pond. Must be elsewhere in the park but not on this trail. It was a great day though and perfect weather for a hike. I started at the gate on hell hollow road and hiked in to trail head for a round trip of approx 7.8 miles of uninterrupted quite. Until I was on my way out and encountered a dragon!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A few minutes walk to get to this gorgeous scenic view.

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