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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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  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

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Sunny Valley Preserve Trail (1/3)
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Beautiful peaceful walk add river view just right

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Gillette Castle
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice views but not many trails

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Gay City State Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

There is so much more to this park than one day will show you. Get off the trails and explore. Good night mountain biking

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Rocky Hill Quarry
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Love the views

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Vernon Trail - Rockville Spur
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I've lived in Vernon all my life and the trails have always been a great way to just be alone and calmed. They go all over town and you can pretty much get anywhere on them. Great for biking, hiking, running, or walking.

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Bear Mountain- Undermountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked today, 12/15. It was absolutely beautiful! The snow only started about halfway up, but the leaves were slippery all the way up. Encountered some ice but nothing too bad. The summit was absolutely stunning! Cloud cover on the summit made the views a little fuzzier but it was sunny and snowy and had practically no wind. The outlook slightly further down had beautiful clear views that made up for the cloudy summit. Would definitely recommend as a winter hike if you've got the right gear!

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Pistol Creek
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

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Saugatuck Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

My wife and I did a 7-mile walk that included the new southernmost section of the Aspetuck trail and the easternmost section of the Saugatuck that leads to the scenic overlook at the midpoint of the eastern shore of the Saugatuck reservoir.

Parking and maps are in ample supply at the Aspetuck parking area on Rock House Road in Easton. You can't miss it as there are trail info boards, map holders, and a large "CT State Forest" sign at the area. I have never seen anywhere near as many cars parked there as there are spaces, so no worries there. You'll want to grab a map or print one before you go as it is your hiking permit. No dogs are allowed, either, as this is reservoir watershed green space.

The first mile is the new Aspetuck section (heading south and west from the Rock House Road parking) that was just opened in fall 2014. It includes a spectacular falls area that makes the trip worthwhile (I am uploading a picture). When the trail reaches Black Rock Turnpike, where there is also ample parking, it connects to and becomes the Saugatuck Trail. It is well marked and has several newly built (rebuilt?) footbridges. When we were there, the bridges were so new, they still had the price tags on the lumber. That's new!

The walk from Black Rock Turnpike to the scenic overlook will get your heart beating, but it is not difficult. You will know when you have arrived at the overlook as there are rustic bench seats carved into logs. Take a break, enjoy the view, and treasure this enjoyable trail that is close to home for so many.

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Millington Trail
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Really nice hike for those of you that enjoy a day off from the strenuous stuff.
I love strenuous, but sometimes I just like to move along and take in the sites. This was an early December hike at about 40 degrees, so more than comfortable...just right.
The water level by this time has risen, so the waterfall as just a nice play to relax and enjoy. The vista was very nice as well. I would grade this as moderate, but hey, for you hardcore types , this is a day off from strenuousness and still get your mileage. Bring a compass if your going in from the back , Mitchell road as stated, not really well marked, but a compass will make that go away.

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West Rock Ridge State Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

I love this place. Rode here with my wife on 11/30/14. It was my third time here, and her first. The trails are great for new riders, with some hike a bike sections to mix it up. I will be back again for sure.

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