Best trails in Connecticut

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Trying to find the best Connecticut trails? AllTrails has 1,187 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, Manchester 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 Hubbard Park near Meriden. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 680 easy trails in Connecticut ranging from 0.6 to 42.7 miles and from 0 to 1,656 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Connecticut
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#1 - Bear Mountain Trail
Mount Riga State Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
Please Note: Do NOT park along the white fence if the parking area is full. There is a parking area available 0.1 miles from the original parking area that is on private land but available if the parking area fills up. Please be mindful to pick up your trash. Show more
#2 - Ragged Mountain Blue and Red Blazed Loop
Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
This rugged loop features expansive vistas with breathtaking views of the Wassel Reservoir. There are plenty of rocks to sit on and take in the views. Come during the fall to see the leaves changing colors along this popular hiking trail, or come in the winter for snowshoeing. This popular New England hike features lots of steep uphills and partial rock climbing over boulders at some points. This loop is full of awesome rock formations, pretty vernal pools, epic cliff views, and a cool waterfall. What sets Ragged Mountain apart from its neighboring traprock cliffs is its solitude. Central and Southern CT is full of great parks, hiking trails and awesome overlooks, but this one seems quieter, despite the fact that the trailhead is in a suburban neighborhood.Show more
#3 - Mirror Lake, Castle Craig, Merimere Reservoir Loop
Hubbard Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Please note that Hubbard Park has an extensive trail system with various color blazes. There are multiple trails to take to reach the destinations along this route. There are many variations to take to shorten or lengthen your hike. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#4 - Chauncey Peak Trail
Giuffrida Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
#5 - Talcott Mountain Trail
Talcott Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h
Note: As of October 2020, the tower is closed. Fee: $15 fee for vehicles with out-of-state plates plus $2 service fee On this narrow loop, the trail out to Heublein Tower is blazed Yellow and the return trail has no blaze. Show more
#6 - Wadsworth Falls Trail
Wadsworth Falls State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
There is ample parking at Wadsworth State Park, one lot near the big falls and the other near the pond. Cross the river and railroad tracks by means of a roadwalk, from there the trail turns into the woods. It's more like an abandoned dirt road. There are no serious hills and the tread is good throughout. It was several days after a snowstorm and many of my fellow hikers were using snowshoes. This can be a good place to hike after a snowstorm, because it's one of the first areas to get packed down. At one point there's a Giant Laurel. After going over two stone bridges, the trail arrives at Laurel Grove Rd, across from the Wadsworth Mansion. There are a number of side trails, to include one the takes you to Birch Ridge. There is also a side trail that leads to the pond. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#7 - Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Trail
Bluff Point State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#8 - Sleeping Giant Tower Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Note: As of October 2020 the Tower is closed due to COVID19. The Tower Trail is the most popular trail at Sleeping Giant. This trail to the 739 foot summit of Mount Carmel starts at the picnic area across from Quinnipiac University. It is wide and meanders up the side of Mount Carmel ending at a 4-story stone observation tower.Show more
#9 - Roxbury Mines
Mine Hill Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
The Main Loop (blue blazes) is a moderately difficult, 3.5-mile trail.Show more
#10 - Yellow Circle Blazes Loop
Steep Rock Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Note: The summit is periodically closed due to nesting birds. Steep Rock Preservation's Yellow Circle trail (so called because the blaze is a yellow circle) is a trail that generally follows the banks of the Shepaug River in Washington Depot, CT. The trail begins in a former rail bed, which follows the river for approximately 1.0 mile. The trail then becomes more strenuous and horses are no longer allowed. The trail loops back on itself and returns to its original starting point.Show more
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