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

Rose Hill WMA

★★☆☆☆

77-5 Thomas Rd, Ledyard, CT, USA

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

★★★☆☆

41.911436, -72.746564

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,…

Mohawk Mountain

Unexplored

1 Toomey Rd, West Cornwall, CT, USA

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…

Nepaug State Forest

★★★☆☆

41.824337, -72.972828

Nepaug State Forest Connecticut State Forest 1,373 acres in New Hartford, CT Parking: Small lot on Rt. 202 Trail Map              Trails: 18…

Cossaduck Bluffs

★★★☆☆

41.461780, -71.906116

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

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

★★☆☆☆

129 Reservoir Rd, Vernon, CT, USA

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…

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. 179:…

Tri-Mountain State Park

Unexplored

41.442427, -72.740176

Tri-Mountain State Park Connecticut State Park 157 acres in Durham, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near Howd Rd, Durham, CT Trail Map     Trails: 2 miles    Rating:…

Nathaniel Lyon Memorial State Park

★★☆☆☆

41.847478, -72.083341

Nathaniel Lyon Memorial State Park Connecticut State Park 5 acres in Eastford, CT Parking:  Small lot along Kingsbury Rd Eastford, CT Trail Map        Trails:…