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

Macedonia Brook State Park

★★★★☆

159 Macedonia Brook Rd, Kent, CT, USA

Macedonia Brook State Park Connecticut State Park 2,300 acres in Kent, CT Parking: Small lot near 159 Macedonia Brook Rd, Kent, CT Trail Map       …

Housatonic Meadows State Park

Unexplored

41.837385, -73.379377

Housatonic Meadows State Park Connecticut State Park 451 acres in Sharon, CT Parking: Small lot near 90 US-7, Sharon, CT Trail Map         Trails:…

Forster Pond State Park

★★★☆☆

41.360061, -72.584043

Forster Pond State Park Connecticut State Park 148 acres in Killingworth, CT Parking: Small lot near 360 CT-80, Killingworth, CT Trail Map       Trails: Less than…

Burr Pond State Park

Unexplored

41.870437, -73.093909

Burr Pond State Park Connecticut State Park 438 acres in Torrington, CT Parking: Small lot near 384 Burr Mountain Rd, Torrington, CT Trail Map       Trails:…

Nayantaquit Trail

★★★☆☆

41.395990, -72.307044

Nehantic State Forest: Nayantaquit Trail Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail 4,400 acres in Lyme, CT Parking: Large lot near Keeny Rd, Lyme, CT Trail Map … Read more…

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…

Nipmuck Trail: Marsh Road

★★☆☆☆

41.848349, -72.223530

Nipmuck Trail: Marsh Road Blue Blaze Trail in Willington and Ashford, CT Parking: North end – Shoulder parking near 298 CT-74 Ashford, CT South end – Spur…