Blue-Blaze Trails

Blue Blazed Trails of Connecticut

The blue blaze trail system is unique to Connecticut.  Started in by the newly formed ‘Trails Committee’ of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association in 1929 the trails have expanded to the oft-cited number of 825 miles.  I’d guess that around 600 miles are actually blazed with the iconic blue rectangle and the remaining 2ooish are maintained by CFPA and their partners.

Ranging all across the state’s rugged hills, glacial streams and lakes, and traprock ridges they can be anywhere from a 1.5 mile loop to a 111 mile trip across the state and beyond.

The trails are maintained entirely by volunteers with a core staff overseeing the entire scope and an annual summer crew that tackles large projects.  The blue trails are an amazing resource to explore no matter what part of the state you’re in!

The Big 12

Another Eight

Other Trails – Trails maintained by the CFPA

  • Alain & May White Nature Trails — 4 miles
  • American Legion & Peoples State Forest Trails — 4.6 miles
  • Aspetuck Trail — 6.9 miles
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park Trails — 20 miles
  • Case Mountain Trails — 10+ miles
  • Chatfield Trail — 4.5 miles
  • Cockaponset Trail — 7.4 miles
  • Falls Brook Trail — 1.5 miles
  • Field Forest Trails — 2.2 miles
  • Finch Brook Trail — 2.6 miles
  • Gay City State Park Trails — 1.6 miles
  • Hancock Brook Trail — 2.8 miles
  • Highlawn Forest Trails — 3.5 miles
  • Housatonic Range Trail — 6.2 miles
  • Iron Trail — 4 miles
  • Jericho Trail — 3.2 miles
  • John Muir Trail — 2.1 miles
  • Kettletown State Park Trails — 6 miles
  • Lillinonah Trail — 6 miles
  • Macedonia Brook State Park Trails — 6.6 miles
  • Naugatuck Trail — 5.4 miles
  • Nayantaquit Trail — 3.4 miles
  • Old Furnace Trail — 2.2 miles
  • Pine Knob Loop Trail — 2.5 miles
  • Pomperaug Trail — 4.6 miles
  • Regicides Trail — 7.3 miles
  • Risley Pond Loop Trail — 2.4 miles
  • Salmon River Trail — 5 miles
  • Scovill Loop Trail — 2.1 miles
  • Whitestone Cliffs Trail — 1.3 miles
  • Whitney Forest/Hibbard Trail — 1.5 miles
  • Walcott Trail — 2.5 miles
  • Zoar Trail — 6.5 miles

Beach Pond

★★★☆☆

41.584222, -71.805990

Beach Pond Connecticut State Forest / CFPA Blue Blaze Trail 400 acres in Voluntown, CT Parking: Large lot on North Shore Rd Voluntown, CT Trail Map   … Read more…

Rose Hill WMA

★★☆☆☆

41.481942, -72.018942

Rose Hill Wildlife Management Area Wildlife Management Area 692 acres in Ledyard, CT Parking: Hiking Trail Parking: Shoulder parking near 77-5 Thomas Rd, Ledyard, CT Other Parking:… Read more…

Tariffville Gorge

★★★☆☆

41.908422, -72.750258

Tariffville Gorge / Cowles Park Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail / East Granby Town Park in East Granby Parking: Main Lot: Medium lot near 238-266 S Main St,… Read more…

Mohawk Mountain

Unexplored

41.820449, -73.295749

Mohawk Mountain State Park and Forest Connecticut State Park / State Forest 4,016 acres in Cornwall, Goshen, and Litchfield, CT State Park – 273 acres State Forest – 3,743 acres Parking: Main… Read more…

Cossaduck Bluffs

★★★☆☆

41.462796, -71.905436

Narragansett Trail: Cossaduck Bluffs / Gladys Foster Preserve CFPA Blue Blaze Trail / The Nature Conservancy / Connecticut State Forest 755 acres in North Stonington, CT Parking:… Read more…

Tankerhoosen WMA

★★☆☆☆

41.841233, -72.445106

Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 449 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: From the north at Walker’s Reservoir near 129 Reservoir Rd, Vernon, CT From the south… Read more…

Walker’s Reservoir

★★☆☆☆

41.849738, -72.430541

Walker’s Reservoir Natural Area Vernon Town Park 12 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: Medium lot near 129 Reservoir Rd, Vernon, CT Trail Map       Trails: 0.9… Read more…

Indian Council Caves

★★★☆☆

41.949226, -72.929381

Indian Council Caves Tunxis Trail Unknown acres in Barkhamstead, CT Parking: Tunxis Trail: Small pull-off near 199 E Hartland Rd, Barkhamsted, CT Fire Road from Rt. Read more…