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Millington Trail

East Haddam, CT

Devils Hopyard State Park Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near East Haddam, Connecticut that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Nehantic State Forest
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

The forest was beautiful, although the trail to the scenic outlook has a few steep hills, and very rocky, and should be rated moderate at least lol. The scenic outlook left much to be desired after climbing 400' above sea level. This trail is for you if you're looking for lots of fresh air and exercise without much distraction in the forest.

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Hartman Recreational Park
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

This place is a gem! One of my current favorites. There are actually quite a few marked trails running through the park. The two longest, the orange-blazed Heritage Trail and the red-blazed Nubble and Ridges Trail are each 2.5 to 3 miles long, and run from moderate to difficult. These are extremely well-marked and thoughtfully planned trails. Man-made wooden bridges alternate with natural rock over streams. All of the trails are well-maintained. It is rocky and hilly terrain, with beautiful stone walls throughout, miles of mountain laurel and doesn't seem to get crowded, even on a beautiful day.

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Millington Trail
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

Seems that it is actually the Vista trail that most reviewers mean when they mention the trail being poorly marked. Indeed, the orange-blazed Vista is feast or famine in terms of markings, and it is fairly easy to lose the trail. However, when you can remain on the trail, it is quite enjoyable. The "vista" is beautiful, you get to see the regeneration of a forest in progress after a fire (currently about a year ago) and the terrain is not terribly difficult (moderate in places, very easy in others).
The actual Millington trail (red-blazed) begins across Hopyard Rd from the pavillion parking area (you'll see a red blaze and small post alerting you to its presence). Millington is actually quite well-marked, and follows typical trail marking rules (e.g. double blaze indicating a turn in the trail) unlike the schitzophrenic Vista. Millington is an easy hike, although a bit wet and mucky this time of year. Once you cross back over Hopyard Rd, and begin your descent to the parking area, there is strangely quite a bit of large debris to be seen. Large construction-type debris off a distance from the trail which reminds you you are not far from civilization. Overall, both trails are pleasant and worth a day's hiking.

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Lantern Hill
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice hike, very scenic with several good viewpoints. It's not a very physically demanding hike but it is still rewarding when you've reached the top of the hill. It is part of the greater Narragansett Trail.

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Tarrywile Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Did a nice 3 mile loop. Moderate difficulty with a couple hills that were steep and slippery with leaves and some mud. Really well marked trails. Parking is convenient. Popular area for dog walking and hiking.

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Sleeping Giant Head Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

beautiful Sunday afternoon, great views, very crowded (mostly along the Tower Trail). took a detour off to the White trail and found some solitude, as well as a more challenging (fun) hike. if you go soon, check out the pond full of frogs along the White trail, or stop off for one of the outlooks along the same trail just past the Tower.

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Sleeping Giant Head Trail
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16 Completed 8 Reviews

This is the hardest hike in CT in my opinion. Today I crossed the giant from east to west on the Quinnipiac Trail (blue blazes). I returned on the white trail. These trails are difficult with lots of elevation change. Not to be attempted by beginners! 3,700 feet of elevation change in 4 hours over 6+ miles. There are tons of side trails that are much easier and that can be used to make much shorter loops. (I dated some pics 3/15 for some reason but this hike was completed on Saturday, March 22. It is in the low 50s and it rained for a few minutes otherwise sunny. (Big snow storm forecast for Wednesday!)

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Great Hill Mtn loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trail - I always hike the Shenipiset trail up to the Great Hill Mtn. lookout. Nice quick hike about 3.5 miles (1.5 - 2 hours) up and back w/ some steeper sections, but nothing to strenuous. Well maintained and well marked w/ blue blazes. Beautiful views all along the ridge of the trail and obviously from the lookout - almost like you could dive right into Great Hill Lake.

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Shelton Rec Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful, quiet, superbly maintained. Varied ecosystems and wildlife. You can use the handicapped access trails (wide gravel) or the rougher unimproved trails. The footing is great on the gravel trails, but the rougher trails are less traveled. My dog and I walk there a few times a week and always see something new and wonderful.

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Mattabesett Trail and Mount Higby
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16 Completed 8 Reviews

4 stars for the view! While the northbound hike has a decent elevation gain, the trail is simple (no scrambling). At the top, the views to the south and west are tremendous. Once you are at the top, continue north down and back up ("Camel's hump") to the second and nearly identical peak. Follow the trail north to cross I-91 or turn east between the "humps" to take a dirt road back toward the trail head.

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