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

Burr Pond State Park

★★★☆☆

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       …

Nayantaquit Trail

★★★☆☆

41.395990, -72.307044

Nehantic State Forest: Nayantaquit Trail Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail 1,667 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…

Yale Forest: Eastford Road

★★☆☆☆

41.924486, -72.162718

Yale Forest: Eastford Road Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Ashford, CT Parking: North end: Small pull-off near 253-77 Boston Hollow Rd Ashford, CT South end: Shoulder parking… 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…

Natchaug State Forest: Perry Hill

★★☆☆☆

41.880034, -72.194366

Natchaug State Forest: Perry Hill Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail in Ashford, CT Parking: North end – Shoulder parking near 68-198 Oakes Rd Ashford, CT… Read more…

Nipmuck: Chaffeeville Silk Mill

★★☆☆☆

41.806279, -72.216923

Nipmuck Trail: Chaffeeville Silk Mill Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Mansfield, CT Parking: North end – Shoulder parking near Gurleyville Gristmill or along Stonemill Rd, Storrs, CT… Read more…

Shenipsit Trail: Dickinson Rd

★★☆☆☆

41.649529, -72.518351

Shenipsit Trail: Dickinson Rd Blue Blaze Trail and Connecticut State Forest in East Hampton and Glastonbury, CT Parking: Shoulder parking past 96 Dickinson Road, South Glastonbury, CT… Read more…

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        …