Hike Bolton, CT

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
    • Roadwalk: 0.2 miles on Rt 85 → 0.4 miles on Williams Rd → 0.3 miles on Rt 6
    • 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 |expand|

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

Now go out and hike Bolton, CT!

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:…

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


41.736894, -72.423560

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       …

Risley Park


41.801953, -72.470323

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…

Heritage Farm


41.770126, -72.429445

Heritage Farm Bolton Town Park 40 acres in Bolton, CT Parking:      At the farm 266 Bolton Center Rd, Bolton, CT      From the Hop…

Bolton Notch State Park


41.789576, -72.450194

Bolton Notch State Park Connecticut State Park 95 acres in Bolton, CT Parking: Medium sized lot where Rt 44 meets I-384, before the exit ramp to 6…