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Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail

Berlin, CT

Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail is a 6.1 mile loop trail located near Berlin, Connecticut that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs must be kept on leash to use this trail.

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Pachaug State Forest Trails
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10 Completed 12 Reviews

I did an approximate 11.5 mile loop on 6/27/15 that incorporated parts of the Pachaug State Forest, so I am posting the review here. This is a very nice area are to hike in with so many options- I look forward to further exploring the area.

I started at Beach Pond on rt. 165 in Exeter and parked in the smaller lot across the street from main lot. I followed the yellow blazed Tippecansett Trail (sign posted right in the lot) and followed it all the way across Rt. 138 and then eventually south along the RI/Ct border where it met up with the blue blazed trail the heads west toward Green Fall Pond. A short ways into this section I took a side trail (near a small wooden foot bridge) that took me into Burnt Swamp, which is well worth the short side excursion. I then went back to the main blue trail west and eventually hit the blue/red blazed trail which I took north up along Green Fall Pond. I eventually entered the Green Fall Pond camping area, and next time I’ll bring a bathing suit because there’s a small beach area that looks very good for a dip on a warm day! I couldn’t immediately find the blue blazed Pachaug Trial so I went northeast along the Green Pond Fall dirt road and soon after took a left onto an unmarked trail which seemed to be a dirtbike-type trail. I followed this to where it eventually joined the Pachaug Trail, and then followed this all the way north back across Rt 138 and eventually to Rt. 165. I then walked the short distance on Rt 165 over the causeway to where I parked across the street from Beach Pond.

A very nice hike and good workout with mixture of wood roads and trails. Some great views along the way, and I even saw a nice White Tail deer bounding through the woods toward the end of the hike.

I found the following maps very helpful. Kudos to www.mdc.net / The Story of the Yawgoog Trails for putting together such a great resource with such interesting information!

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http://www.mdc.net/~dbrier/yawgoog/trails/img/beach-pond.jpg

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Hurd State Park
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

good hiking trails mostly easy to moderate. split rock vista offers great views and a nice rock face. trail system marked well with many options. spent the better part of a full day checking it all out.

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Mashamoquet Brook State Park
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

great loop hike with a few good up hill climbs. Checked out Indian chair, wolf den, and table rock sticking mostly with the blue trail ( 5 mile loop trail). Trails are very well marked with many options to cover. Meet a few rangers who were very friendly and knowledgeable about the park. Enough to see and do to stay an entire day.

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Tower Trail
by Ashi Jerenias

5 Completed 1 Reviews

Loved It

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Waveny Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Gay City State Park
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

We started the day with the plan of hiking through Glacial boulders trail. Since it was hard for us to find the trail head, we got into Gay City State Park.! The park is such a beautiful place to spend a day. All the trails are well marked and we stuck to red trail. We walked for around 5.5 miles.. Glad We went there.!! :) :)

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Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike for any level. Beautiful water views, nice wide trail, friendly people, pretty flowers & foliage. We will definitely return, one note for those w/ dogs....please keep them leashed & pick up after your pet! It's just the right thing to do.

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Sleeping Giant Head Trail
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14 Completed 4 Reviews

I absolutely loved this trail. Took a little short cut from the blue trail to white trail by taking the red circle trail which involves traversing across the bed of rocks for a couple of hundred yards (fun) by the pond. The blue trail and the white trail both have a repertoire of activities and very strenuous. Definitely want to go back.

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Millington Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Waterfall was gorgeous! Worth the 45 min drive alone. Depending on the trail chosen you could have a more challenging hike if desired. Was there on a Friday afternoon and was not too busy. Would love to go back with the family. .

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