Hike Bolton, CT

(Part of Tolland County)

If you’re looking for the best hiking trails in Bolton this is the complete guide to all the long trails, caves, and history it has to offer.



Hiking |expand|

Town Parks

  • Freja Park –★★– 0.88 miles – A gateway park offering access to the Shenipsit, Charter Oak Greenway, Hop River Trail, Bolton Notch and Risley Park
  • Herrick Park★★– 1 mile – Most people come for the sports fields, but there is a somewhat disused hiking loop
  • Heritage Farm –★★– 2 miles – The site of a Rochambeau revolutionary war encampment, the grounds are pretty fun to explore
  • Indian Notch Park – Unexplored

Land Trust

State Parks / Forest

Blue Blaze

  • Shenipsit Trail
    • East Coast Greenway –★★– 0.9 miles – Nice new paved section along I-384, nice for cyclists, not as great for hikers
    • Freja Park★★– 0.54 miles – The Shenipsit passes an old drive-in before skirting the edge of Notch Pond
    • Hop River Trail –★★– 0.54 miles – These two trails overlap on this stone dust old rail bed
  • Risley Park –★★★– 3 miles – Maintained by CFPA, this has a short loop around the pond or a long loop near Box Mountain

The Rest

Boating/Fishing |expand|

  • Lower Bolton Lake –★★– The largest and busiest of the three lakes, with plenty of room to explore, but not much for standout sites

Breweries, Bakeries, and More |expand|

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Town History |expand|

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Now go out and hike Bolton, CT!

Shenipsit Trail: Mid-Connectors


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Shenipsit Trail: Mid-Connectors Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail 716 acres in Manchester and Bolton, CT Parking: North Parking: Large lot at the Bolton Park & Ride South Parking:… Read more…

Blackledge Marsh


47 Cocconi Dr, Bolton, CT 06043

Blackledge Marsh Bolton Land Trust 19.5 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: At the cul-de-sac near 47 Cocconi Dr, Bolton, CT Trail Map      Trails: 0.42 miles …

Lower Bolton Lake


17 Keeney Drive, Bolton, CT, USA

Lower Bolton Lake Connecticut State Boat Launch 175 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 17 Keeney Dr, Bolton, CT Map          Trails:…

Porter Howard Reservoir


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Porter Howard Reservoirs Manchester Town Park 336 acres in Bolton and Manchester, CT Parking: West Side: Small lot near 360 Ferguson Rd, Manchester, CT East Side: Shoulder…

Lombardi Ridge Preserve


106 School Rd, Bolton, CT, USA

Lombardi Ridge Preserve & Bobcat Woods Bolton Land Trust 90 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Shoulder parking past 106 School Rd Bolton, CT Trail Map        Trails:…

Herrick Park


29 Hebron Rd, Bolton, CT 06043, USA

Herrick Park Bolton Town Park 20 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Medium lot at 29 Hebron Rd, Bolton, CT Trail Map      Trails: 1 mile   …

Castlerock Lane


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Castlerock Lane Bolton Land Trust 32 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: At the cul-de-sac at the ned of Castlerock Lane Bolton, CT Trail Map       …

Edith Toomey Clark Property


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Edith Toomey Clark Property Bolton Land Trust 40 acres in Bolton, CT Parking:  At Heritage Farm 266 Bolton Center Rd, Bolton, CT Hop River Trail 29 Steeles Crossing Rd,… Read more…

Risley Park


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John S. Risley Park Manchester Land Conservation Trust and CFPA Blue Blaze Trail 180 acres in Vernon, Bolton, Manchester, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 366 Lake…

Freja Park


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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…