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 1.3 mile loop (the newest blue blaze trail!) to a 111 mile trip across the state (The New England Trail) 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 Blue Blaze Trails

Another Eight

Other Trails – Trails maintained by the CFPA

Mattatuck Trail – Wilton Pond

Unexplored

411 Carter Road, Plymouth, CT, USA

Mattatuck Trail: Wilton Pond Blue Blaze Trail & Connecticut State Forest acres in Plymouth and Thomaston, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 411 Carter Rd, Plymouth, CT Trail… Read more…

Will Warren’s Den

★★★★☆

200 Colt Highway, Farmington, CT, USA

Metacomet: Will Warren’s Den Metacomet Blue Blaze Trail acres in Farmington and Plainville, CT Parking: Main parking north end: Medium pull-off 200 Colt Highway (Route 6), Farmington,… Read more…

Peoples State Forest

★★★★☆

106 E River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT 06063, USA

Peoples State Forest Connecticut State Forest 3059 acres in Barkhamsted, CT Parking: Lots of parking near 106 E River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT Trail Map       …

Finch Brook Preserve

Unexplored

29 Barbara Dr, Wolcott, CT 06716, USA

Finch Brook Preserve Wolcott Land Trust 59 acres in Wolcott, CT Parking: The cul-de-sac at the end of 29 Barbara Dr, Wolcott, CT Trail Map     …

Mount Higby

★★★★☆

41.539191, -72.744306

Mount Higby / Tynan Park Blue Blaze Trail and The Nature Conservancy in Middlefield and Middletown, CT Parking: North End: Small lot near 644 Country Club Rd,…

Alcorn Wildlife Preserve

★★★☆☆

2410 Mountain Rd, West Suffield, CT, USA

Hugh M. and Howard W. Alcorn Wildlife Preserves Suffield Land Conservancy 25 acres in Suffield, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 2410 Mountain Road, West Suffield, CT Trail…

Hell Hollow

★★★☆☆

Hell Hollow Pond, Voluntown, CT, USA

Hell Hollow Pond Connecticut State Forest acres in Voluntown, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near Hell Hollow Rd, Voluntown, CT Trail Map       Trails: 7.5 miles   …

Pharisee Rock

★★☆☆☆

41.6504230, -71.8321760

Pharisee Rock Trail CFPA Blue Blaze Trail acres in Sterling, CT Parking: Shoulder parking on Cedar Swamp Rd, Moosup, CT Trail Map    Trails: 0.7 miles   …

Quinebaug Trail North Terminus

★★☆☆☆

309 Plainfield Pike, Plainfield, CT 06374, USA

Quinebaug Trail – North Terminus CFPA Blue Blaze Trail acres in Plainfield, CT Parking: Small pull off near 309 Plainfield Pike, Plainfield, CT Trail Map     …

Wabbaquasset Trail

★★★☆☆

182 Pond Factory Rd, Woodstock, CT 06281, USA

Wabbaquasset Trail at Hibbard Forest Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail 100 acres in Woodstock, CT Parking: Small lot near 182 Pond Factory Rd, Woodstock, CT Trail Map   …