Ashford

Hike Ashford, CT

If you’re looking for the best hiking trails in Ashford this is the complete guide to all the long trails, waterfalls, and history it has to offer.

2015 Ashford Open Space Plan

Town Parks

Land Trust

  • Ashford Oak— No trails — A shell of its former glory the former champion red oak is living out its remaining days
  • Church Farm★★— 3 miles — A loop ‘Ledges’ trail on one side of Rt 89 and a ‘Meadows’ trail on the other
  • Fliegal Farm Woods— .5 miles — A short Fern Glade lollipop loop trail along the Old Connecticut Path
  • Friedman Forest★★— 2 miles — A self guided tree identification walk with two loop options
  • Iron Mine Valley★★— 1.3 miles — An area mined for bog iron during the Revolutionary War with a short loop hike
  • Josias Byles Sanctuary★★— 1.6 miles — A loop hike with a view of the marsh along the Mt Hope River at the site of one of Ashford’s original homesteads
  • Knowlton Hill Preserve★★— 2.5 miles — From the serene hillside of a glacial drumlin explore 2.5 miles of trails passing the Knowlton Estate and local history on a self-guided hike
  • Rankin Preserve★★— 1.5 miles — One of Joshua’s Trust’s newest trails past linked ponds to a loop through rocky ledges and sloping forest
  • Tinkerville Brook★★— 1.2 miles — A hidden gem this loop hike passes the ruins of an old bridge along a brook named for the gypsies that camped along it

State Parks / Forest

  • Natchaug State Forest (see blue blaze below)

Blue Blaze – Nipmuck and Natchaug in Ashford

  • Natchaug: Lyon Rd★★— 8 miles — A long secluded stretch along Bigelow Brook from Eastford into Ashford until the Natchaug’s north terminus
  • Nipmuck: Pixie Falls★★— 4 miles — The iron mine valley section of the trail with a waterfall and the fabled Ladies Room Rock
  • Nipmuck: Yale Forest★★— 3 miles — The Boston Hollow section of the Nipmuck trail with steep ridges, an overlook, and an option for a loop hike

The Rest

  • None

Now go out and hike Ashford, CT!

Walker Mountain

★★☆☆☆

41.975883, -72.140336

Yale Forest: Walker Mountain Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Ashford and Union, CT Parking: North end: Shoulder parking just east of the main entrance to Bigelow Hollow… Read more…

Rankin Preserve

★★☆☆☆

109 Westford Rd, Ashford, CT 06278

Rankin Preserve Joshua’s Trust Land Trust 81 acres in Ashford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 69 Westford Rd Ashford, CT Trail Map The Rankin Preserve is a large… Read more…

Langhammer Trail

★★☆☆☆

41.899796, -72.211855

Langhammer Trail Ashford Town Open Space 73 acres in Ashford, CT Parking: Small lot near 100 Lustig Rd, Ashford, CT 06278 Trail Map The Langhammer Trail was… Read more…