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Nature Trails

Litchfield, CT

White Memorial Foundation: Nature Trails. There are 35 miles of trails on 4000 acres of fields, waters and woodlands. There are also 3 campgrounds, a museum and special areas for large outdoor gatherings.

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Bee Brook Loop
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice little loop. I little less crowded than the horse circle area of step rock.

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice trail by the river. Lots of people on the weekends. I recommend this for full moon night hikes to the pinnical in the fall after the leaves drop.

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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16 Completed 10 Reviews

Hiking, biking, trail running... Whatever! Beautiful trails with all the amenities!

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Pinney Loop (Steep Rock Preserve)
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21 Completed 5 Reviews

I have been looking forward to taking the Pinney Loop for some time, but knew I would have to walk about 0.8 miles down the Yellow Circle trail (Tunnel Road) from the parking area to get to it. The trail itself is 2.4 miles long, but add 1.6 miles to get to and from it if you walk from the parking area versus driving to the trail head -- not recommended. The trail begins on a former rail bed, where it is flat and very easy walking. The loop begins about 0.5 miles in (on the left). One could take the loop or continue straight -- I took the loop. The loop ascends about 230 feet to the "summit" before descending to where it connects with the orange square trail. There are no views at the top, but there is a lot of vegetation. Once the trail joins the orange square trail, it becomes relatively flat and wide and is again suitable for horses. When the two trails split, the Pinney Loop continues for a little bit on Tunnel Road and then goes back into the woods to resume walking on the rail bed. When you move into the woods again, look toward the right and you will see an old railroad tunnel going through the granite. It is worth the slight detour off the trail to see it.

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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21 Completed 5 Reviews

I have walked part of this trail in the past, but had never stayed on it for its entire length. This trail begins on a railroad bed. That part of the trail is great if you are walking because it is flat and wide. Once it crosses a small foot bridge over a brook feeding the Shepaug River, the trail changes and can be rather treacherous at points only to flatten out again. The loop is something to be careful of. I took the left hand side of the loop, but confess I did not even see where it connected. When I came back, I wound up re-tracing my steps for almost 2/3 of a mile until I recognized that I was treading where I had already tread (the foot bridge across the Shepaug River was the landmark that made me realize my error). Upon returning, I looked for the connection to the other part of the loop. It comes back into the part I was on at an angle making the other part of the trail invisible. Incidentally, this also pointed out an error I made in the same spot when not taking the entire loop a few weeks ago. There are no signs to note that the trail goes both ways and the most visible blaze will push you back into the loop.

As I put in my track of the trail (which also shows my errors), my best advice is to bring a compass. The Green Circle and Steep Rock Loop (Yellow Circle) trails share the same trail for a short period. Once the Green Circle trail splits from the Steep Rock Loop trail, pull out your compass. When you see the river again, you will most likely be facing south. Look behind you for the return trip to the trail head.

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Bee Brook Loop
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21 Completed 5 Reviews

This is one of my favorite local trails. I stumbled upon it about a decade ago. This was the first time I did it with the idea of keeping a walking pace. As noted in my description of the trail, it is a loop. Taking the left (clockwise) side gives you the pain first -- a relatively moderate and then steep incline followed by a series of switchbacks that bring you down to the Shepaug River. After reaching the river, the trail becomes flat and wide and is suitable for horseback riding. The trail is well-blazed (white circle). On straight sections, blazes appear every 150 feet or so. On curved sections (e.g. when ascending or descending), the blazes are closer.

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