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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

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Recent Reviews

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Bigelow Hollow State Park - Bigelow Hollow Pond/Mashapaug Lake/Breakneck Pond
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

I completed the Nipmuck Trail (Blue Blaze) this morning (4/18/15). What a great trail to hike on a beautiful morning! I hiked 8.4 miles in about 3.5 hours, with a few short stops and some minor backtracking.
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I entered Bigelow State Park from Rt. 171 in Union, Ct. I drove past the guard shack and a short distance later there is a Kiosk on the right and a parking lot. I parked here, and entered a path (past a gate) at the back of the lot. Shortly up a dirt road on the right there is a sign on a tree with an arrow that says "Nipmuck Trail". I entered here and there were some White and then Blue Blazes. I followed the Blue for the entire 8.4 miles. The trail is generally well marked but I got turned around a few times. Nothing I couldn't resolve quickly with my IPhone compass and MapMyHike app.
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The trail is like a popsicle - the first section is through forest/woods until you hit Breakneck Pond. I went right at the pond and completed the loop, and then returned down the stick portion of the popsicle. What a great hike, with some decent (but not extreme) elevation changes and some challenging areas. Some great views! The challenging areas were mainly due to water/rock obstacles but nothing too tough. I have to admit though that I was pretty beat by the end! I started at 7 AM and didn't see another soul until about 10 AM with the exception of some guys camping on the west side of the pond. It was cool though because they pointed out a Bald Eagle that was guarding its nest on a small island near their site.
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I've added a link to info on the trail system. I've also uploaded some photos.
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It was worth the 1.5 hour drive for me. I wish I was closer. Great hike!

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Talcott Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

As a first time hiker, it was a great trail and easy to follow.

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Castle Craig and East Slope
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good hike. Great view. But be careful for the dogs, there's a lot of broken glass near the top

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Shenipsit Trail, Southern Segment
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Mostly private property

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Tarrywile Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I can't believe that I have lived in Danbury four years and only discovered this gem of a trail now. A great place to take the dog for a daily hike. Great for local picnics with the family.

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Soapstone Mountain
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

Great little hike, very easy and with options and a very decent view for your efforts!

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Roxbury Mines
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved this! Not only was it a great trail, there was plenty to see. We had a chance to go through the entire property and see it all in about 4 hours. I would go again. It's moderate ( not really well marked trails) but it's pretty clear what's what. Although you can't go into the mines it's pretty cool to explore and check out all the things around the property. They also have guides near all of the historical aspects explaining their history.

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Devil's Den Preserve Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

It was alright. A few vistas to see ( waterfall and cliff) but other than that it's was your basic walk in the woods.

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Millington Trail
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10 Completed 9 Reviews

This trail was a good way to start off the hiking season this year. It was an easy to moderate hike on several trails featured in the Devils Hopyard State Park Trail Map. We hiked mostly the half of the park west of Hopyard Road. At this time of year it is pretty wet so hiking boots are a must. The trails were well marked in some places and in other places not so much. We lost the trail on a couple of occasions (the yellow trail) and had to double back to pick it up again. If you feel adventuresome, try taking Max's Loop. It is an addition to the yellow trail that is not marked on the Official State Park Trail Map. It was an Eagle Scout Project that made for an interesting hike. Be warned, It did add a couple of miles to our hike. This was a fun place to spend the day. The only improvements I can see would be some additional markings and a little trail grooming.

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Orchard Glen
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25 Completed 2 Reviews

Love this little hidden gem in wallingford

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