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Nature Trails

Litchfield, CT

Nature Trails is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Litchfield, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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16 Completed 17 Reviews

Beautiful easy hike, loved the tunnel and took our shoes off to cross through the river which was a lot of fun and a great way to cool off. Went on the weekend, parking lot was busy but found a parking spot. We saw baby bobcats on the way there!

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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Bee Brook Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

great trail!

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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20 Completed 1 Reviews

I just fell in love with this place! I did all of the yellow dot trail, walked the blue square trail to the tunnel and then took the orange square loop. It was a lot of walking but it was beautiful! I will definitely go back.

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Steep Rock Preserve - Green Circle Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Did the Green Circle Trail and the Pinney Loop, but completely missed the tunnel. I guess we'll just have to go back!

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Bee Brook Loop
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8 Completed 7 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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8 Completed 7 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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32 Completed 21 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.