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

Shenipsit Lake

★★☆☆☆

41.881941, -72.422886

Shenipsit Trail – Shenipsit Lake Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Tolland, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 15 Tolland Stage Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map       Trails:… Read more…

Valley Falls

★★★☆☆

41.822938, -72.443411

Valley Falls Park / Andrew Kenneth Webster Preserve Vernon Town Park and Northern Connecticut Land Trust 196 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: Large lot near 300 Valley… Read more…

Lantern Hill

★★★☆☆

41.465179, -71.945849

Narragansett Trail – Lantern Hill Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in North Stonington, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 215 Wintechog Hill Rd, North Stonington, CT Trail Map   … Read more…