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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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Gillette Castle
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Trails are two easy

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Rocky Hill Quarry
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2 Completed 2 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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Farmington
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a great trail and i think the main description is misleading somewhat... The Metacomet trail (blue marks) can be accessed from rt. 6 in Farmington or off of Pinacle street in Plainfield. I live near it so I hike it all the time. From rt. 6 you climb up to where the towers are and then continue on to the Rattlesnake cliff, then decent down and go through bunch of up and downs valleys to the Pinacle cliff. That's about 2.2 miles of decent hiking. From there you can keep going all the way to Plainville which is maybe another 3 miles (that's my best estimate so don't quote me on it), or just turn back and call it a day. You definitely get your heart pumping hiking just 4.5 miles to the second cliff.

There is another trail (more like a dirt road) there that is used for road biking, 4 wheelers and dirt bikes but i never tried it and have no idea how long it is or where it's going.

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Mattabesset Trail - Beseck Ridge from Rt 68 to Rt 66
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Completed a stretch from route 77 to route 68. 9.47 miles. just before route 68 is Cattails shelter. Wish I had planned ahead to stay ovenight. It is well kept and very dry even in the rain. et even supply firewood. This hike was beautiful with frequent vistas some pretty steep climbs followed by rolling flat across ridge lines. One of the prettiest areas along the New England Trail which includes the Mattabesset Trail.

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Devil's Den Preserve Trail
by Jeff T.

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great spot for year-round hiking.
Enjoy the solitude at Godfrey Pond.

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Tory Den Loop (Mile of Ledges)
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a very fun hike with a variety of challenging levels. The trail makes its way through some beautiful flatter areas, then all of a sudden brings you to a rock face. It was a great experience and a hike I'd make again.

Signs posted at the trailhead noted an update to the trail with the blazes remarked to yellow dots as of the end of September. I had seen here that the blazes weren't marked that well, so I was hopeful, but, I still had a hard time following the markers. I passed several other hikers along the way who also had difficulty keeping up with the markers. I think it still needs a little work!

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Penwood State Park
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56 Completed 79 Reviews

Followed the yellow trail up. Beautiful views most of the way. Very easy terrain. We ended up somehow on an old road then on the blue Metacomet. Up a set of rock steps to a beautiful overlook. Well worth it. We started to continue on blue but decided to turn back. We followed blue to a road which brought us down to Lake Louise and a hiker kiosk. The lake with the foliage was beautiful. We then followed blue down. A nice wooded trail, a few interesting ruins just off trail. Ended up back at a road by a lake/body of water. Nice hike. Map was a bit confusing. Trails aren't well blazed but well maintained.

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