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

Freja Park

★★☆☆☆

41.786520, -72.455719

Freja Park Bolton Town Park 21 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Access from the Park & Ride off Rt. 44 or at Bolton Notch State Park Trail…

Giuffrida Park

★★★★★

41.562115, -72.762339

Giuffrida Park Meriden Town Park 598 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 800 Westfield Rd, Meriden, CT Trail Map Giuffrida Park is one of the great… Read more…

Black Pond

★★★★☆

41.528562, -72.740850

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 16 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot at the boat launch near 1699 E Main St, Meriden, CT Trail… Read more…

Belding Wildlife Management Area

★★☆☆☆

41.831035, -72.447298

Belding Wildlife Management Area Connecticut State WMA 282 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: Lots of shoulder parking near 3 Bread and Milk Rd Vernon, CT Shoulder parking…

Tory Den

★★★☆☆

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Tunxis : Southern Terminus / Tory Den Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail – Tunxis in Plymouth and Burlington, CT Parking: Small pull-off for 4 cars near 290-400 E Plymouth…

Seven Falls

★★★☆☆

41.509452, -72.576079

Seven Falls in Middletown and Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 1 Saybrook Rd, Higganum, CT Trail Map Seven Falls is state owned property, but isn’t an official… Read more…

Nipmuck Trail: Pixie Falls

★★☆☆☆

41.902388, -72.164776

Nipmuck Trail : Pixie Falls / Natchaug Trail: North Terminus Connecticut Blue-Blaze Trail in Ashford, CT Parking: South End: Small pull-off near 32 Iron Mine Lane, Ashford,…

Nipmuck: Boston Hollow

★★★☆☆

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Nipmuck Trail : Boston Hollow Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Ashford, CT Parking: North end: Shoulder parking along Barlow Mill Rd Ashford, CT South end: Small pull-off… Read more…