Trying to find the best Connecticut trails? AllTrails has 866 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Hamden, Glastonbury or Guilford, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Connecticut state park trails, check out Mount Riga State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve near Kensington or Giuffrida Park near Meriden. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 442 easy trails in Connecticut ranging from 0.6 to 42.7 miles and from 0 to 1,594 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
17 hours ago

Rocky steps that will keep you on your toes, a nice steady incline towards the beginning (or end, if you go counter clockwise), clearings for a some gorgeous overlooks, and nice tree cover to keep the sun from overheating you. Not very challenging but very enjoyable.

Nice and easy little hike, took about an hour going relatively slow and in flip flops. Nice board walk trail around the pond, have a spot about half way for dogs or kids (rocky though) to dip their feet/ drink running river water. Some sections of boardwalk look new, some look pretty old, the older stuff has gaps between the planks about a 1" to 1.5" so medium to small dog owners will have to go a bit slower/ watch out. Half was well kept and shady, half wasn't and in the sun!

Very nice day trip from the city! Variety is the spice of life and this park embodies this saying perfectly (with a beach, park, trails, 911 memorial, animal watching (prairie dogs, army of geese, lots of birds and pink seashells). Will visit again next year.

1st time seeing a black bear and first time seeing a rattlesnake! Thought it was a rat snake but the tail started shaking and he was aggressive. Small guy. Bear was huge and didn’t care that I was in his woods luckily. Pheww.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

My first trail & it was easy and pleasant. Shaded & clean.

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Awesome trail especially with kids. Challenging enough for 8-10 year olds. Great for everyone. Love all the options of trails.

hiking
1 day ago

Loved this for our first hike in CT. The observation tower offered a great site and the hike up the road wasn’t too bad for us new hikers and our two young children. The only problem we did run into was when we decided to finish the loop shown on the AllTrails map and missed a turn. When we came back to where we should have turned the trail has boulders in front of the walkway (can walk around them) making it less obviously a trail. Will keep my app open next hike to make sure we don’t turn 2.1 miles into 4+ again!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
1 day ago

We liked the wildlife and trails were not strenuous. There was a lot of shade. However the trails are not clearly marked. The trail was overgrown and not marked at all in some areas causing us to be lost for several. Families beware.

Was a great 2 hr hike! Took the dog, saw a few mountain bikers and just one other hiker. Really nice morning with the family!

Nice trail and the falls are very pretty. Not quite as impressive as I was expecting but nonetheless still enjoyable.

Great hike. Nice mix of dirt trails and rocks. The dog loved it and had a great time playing in the river at the end. Not very crowded when we went. Can't wait to go back!

this is a fairly easy trails to walk I'm not an accomplished hiker but I knocked most of it out in just a couple hours. I would say that if you're going to use Google maps to navigate here don't follow the directions from the app. go to Franklin School, and then make a right onto holton. Follow holton Street out towards the end and you will find the trailhead.

Fun hike with some good scrambling! I took my 4 year old lab mix and the bouldering was just at his limit so if you have an older puppo, this might be a bit much.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
over grown
1 day ago

went here a little while back with a friend and 2 dogs. seems like due to the bridge being down there hasnt been much done to the trail to clear it. instead of the 2miles we did about 6 and took the longest routes and a bit was still covered. the bugs were pretty bad but just run through the mud and bugs and you'll get away fine. other than the overgrown parts it's a really awesome hike.

Great hike! One falls at the beginning that’s the largest but several other small falls and streams. Beautiful hike, a bit muddy so boot recommended.

this was a great trail that I was not prepared for! I definitely didnt expect it to be so rocky and I shouldve had different shoes on but nonetheless it was a challenging yet great hike!

hiking
off trail
2 days ago

It took a bit of doing to get this hike "Verified Complete" status, as the original trail doesn't exist along the back side of the lake, and/or the person recording this went on a restricted area under the tower near the dam. None-the-less, the hike I took was pretty nice (albeit much longer) and my route took me from the entrance parking lot of the park, all the way down past the lake, up to the Oronoke Road gate, and then back to the meadow / spillway area. I then took the blue trail overlooking the back side of the lake (through the trees) over the paved road on top of the dam, followed Rt. 63 for a bit right before the Middlebury line, and went back down to the lake via the yellow trail. Once along the lake again, I went to the bottom of the dam (down the hill from the admin. building near the dam) and that's when it started pouring out! I ran to the closest picnic pavilion I found where I randomly stumbled upon a party attended by a friend. Small world... After the rain let up a bit, I made my way to one of the park bathrooms, made use of the hand dryer to dry out all my gear, and at least my hands since the rest of my body was soaked, and then I made my way to "West Trail" up along Rt. 63 through the woods. Came out back on the main road in the park, and worked my way back up to the parking lot near the entrance again. All in all, a fun day, but I need to go back and finish taking pictures of the last 25% of the hike & see that last portion again in a non-drenched state.

hiking
2 days ago

Steep trail, especially after a light rain with lots of slippery, loose rocks. Took the winding trail up but must have missed the trail sign on the way down because it was a harrowing trip to the bottom. Very cool hike along the west bank of the reservoir on the return trip, through a tunnel of evergreens.

Backpacked the trail on a longer 2 day hike starting at Goodwin Forest and ending at the Knowlton Brook campsite. About 25ish miles. Camped at General Lyons and Nipmuck campsites. Goodwin trails were great. Trail from RT 198 to 44 was in horrible condition. After that was a mix of decent to horrible trail conditions. I don’t think any trail maintenance has been done outside of Goodwin. Trail runs along a lot of private property so I can see some people getting confused. Logging happening too which closed the trail in spots and had to bushwhacked around. Pixie Falls was nice though and worth a visit.

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

Unless you're a weathered Navy Seal hopped up on Patriotism and caffeine I would avoid this trail at all costs. Beginners - hike to the waterfall and turn back. I nearly crossed the bridge to the afterlife 12 times during the hike but it was a gorgeous trail.

hiking
over grown
2 days ago

Overgrown bushes, just like 2018, in 2019 it’s still not able to bike it. Otherwise it would be a nice trail.

hiking
2 days ago

FYI: my time is wayyy long due too taking the “scenic route “ and really enjoying the view... I hope you like the pictures ....

hiking
2 days ago

jogging is good on the yellow trail, however I recommend not doing any jogging on purple. It's a great place to break an ankle

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, a little muddy in some places but well worth the visit.

hiking
2 days ago

A great short hike. Lots of water coming over the falls today and the woods were very beautiful. Being with my grandson was the best!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Fantastic! once at the top, the trail across is nice and steep, really gets the blood flowing! definitely recommend if you want something more drastic than an easy trail!

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 days ago

Nice trail a bit muddy, and the bugs were a bit of a pain, but definitely a beautiful trail and a good workout. Not too hilly but their are some areas that are really roots and rocky along the river. Nothing too hard. Bring a good pair of boots and big spray.

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