Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

13 days 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.

Starts blue red and changes to blue yellow. Dense growth which isn’t unbearable but uncomfortable at times . Overall gradual inclines and declines. Wouldn’t rate it as difficult however it does have some challenges. Trail is also very clearly marked. Bug spray is highly recommended as there are some damp areas along the way.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 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.

My 10 year old son and I hiked this trail in March. It was tough then, I can only imagine when summer is in full bloom. We loved it, it was really difficult, great exercise. Defintely only for experienced hikers, alot of times we had to go off course to go around streams and large puddles. Highly recommended for people tired of sight seeing hikes

Kids and I enjoyed this hike.

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.

Loved this hike.

7 months ago

First off, This trail actually is not a in and out Trail, it's a loop trail. The marker is blue with yellow. Following the markers or bring you all the way around and back to the intersection where there is area to park.

I highly recommend this trail, it has many different types of terrain. the only downside is that there are a few areas that DEEP needs to clean as there are some big downed trees across the trail.

8 months ago

Great view during fall and lovely sunset!

10 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.

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful morning for a hike.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

great short Hike. from the campgrounds to the summit at a nice slow pace took only 30 minutes. some fun steep inclines with nice level repreaves to enjoy. the final stretch is steep but again very short. all around a very enjoyable short hike.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The hike is great, but not a well marked trail.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

At the top you can see far and Right below the summit there is a bear cave.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nice walk through the woods. Short but very steep at points. Good lookout spot at the summit, but there isn't much out there to see.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Not a bad hike and the view was OK. Not a difficult hike by any means. The final push to My Misery was the most challenging part. Bring a map to find your way around there were none I found in the park. Trails were marked well enough to follow but maps in the park or signs marking trail names would be a huge help.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Was an easy. Trail. Steep in the beginning but flattens out. View was ok but would be better earlier in season

Friday, October 03, 2014

I was going to rate it 3.5. 4 stars for great view at the top ; ]

My school hiked the blue trail and I've hiked it before, there are two fairly steep inclines, but other than that it's pretty flat. Coming down there's a couple very sharp downward angles, with a lot of rocks, a couple kids fell but luckily none got injured. Overall I'd say it's a pretty easy hike, if you don't mind going up a ways. As I haven't been on a decent hike in a while, by the end I was kind of tuckered out. Some Geo caches in the area too if that's your thing ^u^

horseback riding
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

lots of trails here to bike, hike, or horseback ride. They are a combo of woodsy walking trails and dirt roads. They get lots of use from many groups such as scouts, military groups, riders, walkers, bikers, etc. Maps available on the CT DEEP website.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Not being from the area, and with little or no signage, this trail was difficult to find. We came in from the rt 201 entrance to the park. And not knowing where the trail head for misery hill was, we had to ask for help. It's best found coming in from rt 49 on headquarters rd. Driving to cutoff rd. The trail leaves cut off road just after the last entrance to the campground on left. There is a small smoky the bear sign. Look for blue blazes, as there are several worn paths that come and go from the camp ground. Your on the trail when you see a well worn path that begins to climb through a pine forest just a couple hindered feet from the road.
Being that we are white mountain area hikers, this was an easy trail, but for a family that doesn't hike often it could be a bit tiring. There is an abrupt up hill on the beginning, for about a quarter mile then the trail becomes flat and trends down hill again to the last pitch up to the summit. We wanted this to be a loop hike, we returned down fire tower road where we turned right from the blue blazes (they continued back into the woods in a direction away from our car) and down fire tower road, then right again on cut off road to our car. This loop was only estimated to be 1.5 miles and not 3 miles. If there are maps for the trails in that park that would have been helpful in making the three mile hike that we were desiring. I guess that means we should have done more home work. ;)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ok, some notes on directions for those who are trying to work off the Great Swamp Press Pachaug map. First, don't look for a Westerly Road off 165. It's Route 49, and the turnoff onto that is marked as Pendleton Hill Road. Second, don't look for a fish road. Look to your left just after you see the sign for Hodge Pond Road. You'll see an arrow for "Green Falls Pond.

I incorporated this with a trip to the Green Falls Pond, for a more substantial hike. Because I misjudged as to when the mountain laurel would be out, I was pretty disappointed. I saw a very few shrubs that were even budding yet. Without that mountain laurel, there really wasn't anything extra special about this particular trail, The trail itself was also very boggy and muddy today, not to mention BUGGY. Do not attempt without bug spray. Also, it appears that Hurricane Irene left quite a mess.

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