Hiking Trails

This page is a work in progress.  I am trying to gather information on places to hike by county and town. 


Fairfield County

Hartford County


Avon Land Trust
Avon Land Trust's Metacomet Ridge Trail (encompasses Hazen Park, Skyline Trail, and Garvin-Maher Trails)
Avon Land Trust's Oakes Preserve
Fisher Farms Open SpaceFisher Meadows Trail Map (These trails connect on either side of Old Farms Road)
Horse Guard State Park Scenic Reserve, OpenStreetMap of area, post by A to Z of CT State Parks
Alsop Meadows
The following three trails are all in close proximity to each other.  Huckleberry Hill and Countryside trails connect by crossing Huckleberry Hill Road.  OpenStreetMap of area shows proximity.
Huckleberry Hill
Countryside Park
Found Land Park (aka Lofgren Road Open Space, not sure why it is called Found Lake in some places)              


CFPA Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail Map, Ragged Mountain Foundation Map , CFPA Blue-blazed Hiking Trails Interactive Map
Town Open Space Trail Maps  (7 maps including Beckley Quarry Conservation Area, Bicentennial Park, Blue Hills Conservation Area, Hatchery Brook Conservation Area, Pistol Creek Area, Ragged Mountain Park, Timberlin Park)
Parts of the Metacomet and Mattabassett Trails run through Berlin; trail descriptions from town of Berlin website, CFPA Blue-blazed Hiking Trails Interactive Map

Bloomfield - Wintonbury Land Trust
Bloomfield - Penwood State Park
Bloomfield - Wilcox Park (Connects to Metacomet Trail and James Property in Simsbury.)
Bloomfield - Seabury Wildwoods Trails, Seabury Walking Trails
Bloomfield - Farmington River Park
Bloomfield - Stout Fields (Wintonbury Land Trust - connects to Penwood SP), WFSB article

Bristol - Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Map
Bristol - Hoppers-Birge Pond Nature Preserve, Hartford Courant

Burlington - Burlington Land TrustThe Rambler's Guide includes maps for the following locations:  Mile of Ledges and Tory Den, The Johnnycake Mountain Loop, Devil's Kitchen/Scoville Road, Barnes Nature Center, Stone Road/Nassahegan State Forest/Wildcat Mountain.  It also includes information for other hikes in the area.
Burlington - The Martha Brower Wildlife Sanctuary, Brower Map;
Burlington - Tunxis Mainline Trail Map (includes Nassahegan Forest, Sessions Woods and other trails)
Burlinton - Sessions Woods Wildflife Management Area, Map

Canton - Canton Land Conservation Trust
Canton - Roaring Brook Nature Center

East Granby - Cowles Park (up to Metacomet Trail and to Tariffville Gorge)
East Granby - Peak Mountain (New England Trail section 20)

Granby - Granby Land Trust
Granby - Holcomb Farm
Granby - McLean Game Refuge

Simsbury - Simsbury Land Trust
Simsbury - Talcott Mountain State Park

Windsor - Northwest Park

Litchfield County

Barkhamsted - American Legion and Peoples State Forests

Burlington - Burlington Land Trust, Rambler's Guide
Burlington - Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Harwinton - Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Kalmia Audubon Sanctuary

Litchfield - Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Boyd Woods
Litchfield - Topsmead State Forest
Litchfield - White Memorial Conservation Center

New Hartford - Nepaug State Forest
New Hartford - NHLT Jones Mountain

Norfolk - Campbell Falls State Park
Norfolk - Haystack Mountain State Park
Norfolk - Dennis Hill State Park

Sharon - Sharon Audubon Center

Torrington - Burr Pond State Park

Middlesex County

New Haven County

New London County

Tolland County

Windham County


Berkshire County

Great Barrington - Monument Mountain

Sheffield - Bartholomew's Cobble

Hampden County

Granville - Phelon Memorial Forest, Great views
Granville - Granville State Forest

Hampden - Peaked Mountain

Russell - AMC Noble View Outdoor Center


  1. I would LOVE to talk with you in person, I am planning to homeschool my kids using Charlotte Mason. I'm in Farmington and I just have loved finding your blog and exploring. I hope this gets to you! I'm so curious to talk with a experienced homeschool mother who has children out of her nest! My kids are 5 months old, 2 years old, and 4 years old.

  2. So you say you have siblings from Exeter NH (Tarriffville Gorge entry)...Did you all grow up there? My sister and I are going to Tarriffville tomorrow. We grew up in Exeter.

  3. Hi Kristin,
    No, not Exeter. My family is from Bedford. My parents and sister still live there and my brothers both live nearby.
    I hope you enjoyed Tarrifville Gorge!