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

Bigelow Hollow State Park

★★★★☆

41.994655, -72.130835

Bigelow Hollow State Park Connecticut State Park / Nipmuck State Forest 516 acres in Union, CT Parking: Several large lots along the park’s road off CT-171. 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…

Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve

★★★☆☆

41.790196, -72.212954

Fifty Foot Cliff Preserve Mansfield Town Park 102 acres in Mansfield, CT Parking: Small lot behind the Mansfield Historical Society at 954 Storrs Rd, Storrs, CT or from… Read more…

Tory Den

★★★☆☆

41.709163, -73.003329

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             Trails: 2.5 miles     …

Nipmuck Trail: Pixie Falls

★★☆☆☆

41.902388, -72.164776

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

Nipmuck: Boston Hollow

★★★☆☆

41.935958, -72.161613

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…

Sleeping Giant

★★★★★

200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT, USA

Sleeping Giant State Park Connecticut State Park 1,465 acres in Hamden, CT Parking: Main Lot: Large lot at 200 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT   East End: Small…

Case Mountain

★★★★☆

68 Birch Mountain Rd, Manchester, CT

Case Mountain Manchester Town Park and Manchester Land Conservation Trust Property 640 acres in Manchester and Glastonbury, CT Parking: Four options (most popular to least): Case Pond… Read more…