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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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Talcott Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Amazing views. Easy enough for the whole family

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Strauss & Giddings Preserves
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

There is a cute little sitting area at the corner of 39 & 55 that over looks a reservation of some wetlands

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Mallory Preserve
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great short hike does a small loop around over the boardwalk and around the river

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Tory Den Loop (Mile of Ledges)
by James Birbara

1 Completed 1 Reviews

I found this hike to be extremely fun. I concur with previous hikers to leave your dog behind for this loop. I happened to have a beautiful fall day with dry leaves blanketing most of the trail. I imagine it being very sketchy in certain sections if it was a rainy/wet day . There were no really great vistas, but the bouldering aspects make up for it. The rock formations are impressive and if time permitted it would of been fun to explore them some more. I guess I will just have to go back....

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Devil's Den Preserve Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful sunrise across the pond. Plenty of wildlife (Turkey, Chipmunks, hawks, bluejays, tiny birds, more). I highly recommend a meditation session at the bench while the sun rises.

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Gillette Castle
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Trails are two easy

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Rocky Hill Quarry
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Very pleasant surprise.

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Whitestone Cliffs Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

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Penwood State Park
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

This can be done under two hours for those who are seasoned hikers. Several option for choosing which trail to hike. I did the yellow and crossed over to the blue at the end of it, then looped back to the parking lot. The other way is to start with blue go all the way to the end and cross over to the yellow or just turn around and go back the way you came -- this is more challenging since the blue trail is definitely harder -- a lot of steep inclines, right from the get go. There are a couple nice spots -- i loved the stone staircase, you will feel that one climbing up:). The little lake is also pretty scenic and there is a nice lookout little after you've climbed up those stairs. Overall a great hike! Keep going back there!

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Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

The map only shows the outer loop which is 6.1 miles long, but there are many other loops (different trials) cutting through for less experienced hikers. The terrain is varying, parts flat, parts rock climbing, or just steep uphill or downhill. It gives this trail a lot of character and keeps it interesting. The views on the south side of the trail are just gorgeous -- especially if you go during the peak foliage season. North side can be really windy so make sure to bring a hat if you hiking when it's colder out. Very rewarding hike even for the experienced hikers!

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