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

Talmadge Tract

★★☆☆☆

41.841828, -72.240032

Talmadge Tract / UCONN Moss Forest / Royal Knowlton Preserve Willington Town Park / Blue Blaze Nipmuck Trail 408 acres in Willington, CT Parking: Small lot near 100-,… Read more…

Black Rock State Park

★★★☆☆☆

41.653222, -73.096907

Black Rock State Park Connecticut State Park 444 acres in Watertown, CT Parking: Two lots at 2065 Thomaston Rd, Watertown, CT Trail Map Black Rock State Park offers… Read more…

Nipmuck : East Terminus

★★☆☆☆

41.7519540, -72.1605640

Nipmuck Trail – East Branch Terminus CFPA Blue Blaze Nipmuck Trail 2.28 miles in Mansfield, CT Parking: Large dirt lot at 28 North Windham Road, Mansfield, CT Trail… Read more…

Natchaug Trail : Morey Rd

★★☆☆☆

41.8214610, -72.0970840

Natchaug Trail – Morey Rd CFPA Blue Blaze Natchaug Trail Natchaug State Forest through Chaplin and Eastford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking at 41.8214610, -72.0970840 Trail Map This 1.13… Read more…

Torrey Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.811942, -72.225860

Torrey Preserve Mansfield Town Park 29.5 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot near 266 Gurleyville Rd Mansfield, CT Trail Map The Torrey Preserve has just under one… Read more…

Sawmill Brook Preserve

★★☆☆☆

41.751402, -72.210572

Sawmill Brook Preserve Mansfield Town Park 80 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 139 Puddin Ln Mansfield Center, CT Trail Map Sawmill Brook Preserve is the… Read more…