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Great hike, stay left on the trail and you’ll pass a old fireplace and then hike up a bit to see the falls. It is hard to get close up to the falls unless you climb down, it is very pretty close, but proceed with caution. It’s a pain to get back up. Great in fall and summer.

A lot of steps to the top but very beautiful! Some ice on the trail but still able to hike easily!

20 hours ago

There is no waterfall! Trail was well marked. Parking was plentiful but the trail around the pond is more scenic.

23 hours ago

I thought this trail was going to be a bust. The first 0.3/4 miles is nothing special. Soon after though, some cool rocks and hills appear and it gets really good. Nice views at the top and some great chill spots!!

Better have gps, trail markings very poor...

Cool views in the power line clearings, nothing spectacular scenery-wise but a good joke to be aggressive on to get the heart rate going without feeling exhausted.

1 day ago

We park on the side of the road by the fire road access (not possible during busy season) about a mile in on the fire road there is the blue trail trail head. The blue trail is about .75 mile but steep. Do not attempt in sneakers!! The climb pays off with a magnificent viewpoint looking out over candle wood lake. We had our dog off leash (always carrying one for passing other hikers) we will do this trail again (3.25 miles total)

Nice trail that is well kept & blazed. The view is nice

However, three issues.
1. I would just recommend you understand the blazing. It is blue white, till you cross another trail, then go right on blue for the rest except the blue yellow summit.
2. For the cutback, I didn't find the trail as shown so had to go about a quarter mile in the road - not bad, just free warned.
3. My GPS tracker shows 5 miles and I only went off maybe 200 yards, plus my cutback (2) was shorter.

Easy and fun. Missed a turn in the trail at the southern tip, so went off trail to double back. Increased the total length to 2.8mi. Good thing we had a freeze to keep the ground hard in some spots.

2 days ago

Did this hike last Saturday, it was a lot of fun. Streams, Rock Formations, Rock Climbing and views. Very well maintained. Going here again. If the ground was frozen it might be dangerous in some spots.

this is a DEFINATE Gem! a keeper!

Well marked. Upkeep is evident. Thank you Newtown Forest Association.

Beautiful January quick hike along the flowing but icy river. Dog and aging parent friendly!

Went on a rainy day, very foggy, so couldn’t see the view, but gorgeous trails and very easy, would love to do again.

There are a lot of scenic views nearby Castle Craig. Well-maintained trail. Followed white marks from the Start point after switched to blue marks. Recommended.

Went trail running on this route, I've run in the area before but this morning took this specific trail.

It starts on a decent uphill for maybe .3 mile, so you feel it and it'll warm you up in the winter. Then you have a nice up/down run through the woods near a beautiful stream as you run the loop.

Someone put Christmas ornaments on some of the trees and it was absolutely beautiful! A few pieces of frozen water on the trail making it slippery so be careful.

There is also one area where you cross a river without a bridge, so be careful as you walk on the rocks to avoid the water.

Overall, great run that I'll do again.

2 days ago

Very well marked trails. The waterfall is hidden some due to fallen trees but none of the less beautiful in it own "little" way. Once you cross the bridge your almost there...

Easy walking trail

lovely trail! solid path initially, then well marked blue, and red-blue markings. the trail was a gradual incline then quite a bit of fun rock scrambles, gorgeous views and amazing cliffs. I passed a rock climber belaying down a cliff face. only downside was a fair bit of traffic. I saw 10 hikers.

3 days ago

I did about 4.5 miles here - nice winter hike! Trails extremely well marked. I wish I had enough time to do the whole thing. Will def be back!

Great trail, but the leaves made the rocks pretty slippery!

Great little walk on a chilly and sunny winter afternoon. I shut off my all trails app by accident but it was easy to navigate the loops as there are maps and good blazing.

Light traffic. Great vista and trail along the river. Rocky. Many roots. Watch for black ice!

Just beautiful. Refreshing. Serene

Pretty boring. Not much to see, basically a state fire road.

4 days ago

Pleasantly surprised - nice hike, nice views

me and my dog loved it gotta wear boots next probably tomorrow

Made a counter-clockwise loop starting on the red trail at the pond. On the other side I decided to go up yellow before getting back on the red trail. I lost the red trail markers to head back to the pond. Wound up on the road to walk back to the parking lot.

Nice trail that is very well marked. A few steep hills, but nothing too difficult. The stream and waterfall was unexpected and so pretty.

5 days ago

First attempt on this trail. Completely went the wrong way but I followed the blue trail near Uncas Lake. About halfway up the blue markings disappeared so I ended up making my own trail.

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