East Haddam

Hike East Haddam, CT

Part of Middlesex County

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

East Haddam has 29 hiking areas for 61 miles of trails.

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Town Parks

  • Burnham Brook Preserve –★★– 2.2 miles – A loop hike through varied terrain that feels longer than it is, often overgrown
  • Chapal Farm Preserve –★★– 1.3 miles – The eastern terminus of the Goodwin Trail with brook views and a paved path
  • Davison Memorial Walking Park (Cave Hill) –★★– 0.77 miles – A short hike with a nice overlook and rocky ledges above Cave Hill.
  • Dean Easement –★★– 2.25 miles – Mostly wide loop hike with connections to Hatch Lot
  • Harris Reserve –★★– 3 miles – Bit of a wet woods hike with loop options, I missed the vista
  • The Hatch Lot –★★– 5 miles – Great varied loop trails include an overlook, rolling terrain, rocky hollows, and mossy marshes with connections to Dean Easement
  • Lena Reserve –★★– 4 miles – Newly expanded trails make full use of the property in a wide forest loop
  • Nichols Field –★★– 2.15 miles – Hiking trails that intermix with a popular disc golf course
  • Roaring Brook Reserve –★★– 1.6 miles – A double lasso loop offers brook views, old mill sites, and many black birches
  • Rose Farm Preserve – Unexplored
  • Sabine Reserve –★★– 2.6 miles – An trail system branching off an old road passes old foundations and a view of the Moodus Reservoir
  • Shugrue Farm Reserve –★★– 2.2 miles – Trails climb to a pine filled summit loop
  • Urbanik Reserve –★★– 1.2 miles – Inner and outer loops with a man-made pond view and nice wooded hike

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State Parks / Forest

  • Babcock Pond WMA –★– 4 miles – Water access, hunting access, but not much for enjoyable hiking
  • Brainard Homestead State Park –★– No trails – Open fields and old homestead foundations
  • Devil’s Hopyard State Park –★★★★– 8.5 miles – A gem of the state with Chapman Falls, a covered bridge, an overlook, and several trail options
  • Gillette Castle State Park –★★★★★– 2 miles – A must-see historical and architectural delight and trails on an small private railway
  • Machimoodus State Park –★★– 4 miles – Popular easy walk to a view of the Salmon River
  • Sunrise State Park –★★– 2 miles – A former resort, old buildings (or where they once stood) cover much of the park. And a boat launch to the Salmon River

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East Haddam is the 55th oldest town in the state incorporated as East Haddam (“Haddam East Society”) in May 1734 coming from the native american name, “Macki-moodus”.

Now go out and hike East Haddam, CT!

Saunders Preserve​

★★☆☆☆

53 Hedlund Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Saunders Preserve​ East Haddam Land Trust 69 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Small pull-off near 103 Honey Hill Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

Rose Farm Preserve

Unexplored

200 Town St, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Rose Farm Preserve​ East Haddam Town Park 68 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Small lot near 200 Town St, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

Urbanik Preserve

★★☆☆☆

52 Foxtown Cemetery Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Urbanik Preserve​ East Haddam Town Park 86 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 52 Foxtown Cemetery Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

Roaring Brook Reserve

★★☆☆☆

162 Clark Hill Road, East Haddam, CT, USA

Roaring Brook Reserve​ East Haddam Town Park 98.22 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Small lot near 162 Clark Hill Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map   …

Moodus Forest

Unexplored

185 East Haddam Colchester Turnpike, East Haddam, Moodus, CT, USA

Moodus Forest (Robbie Road Preserve, Monica’s Woods, Bloch Preserve, Snell-Talbot Preserve) East Haddam Town Park 12.5 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 25 Robbie… Read more…

Lena Reserve

★★☆☆☆

30-32 Babcock Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Lena Reserve​ East Haddam Town Park 207 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Cul de sac near 32 Babcock Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

PeGus’s Path Preserve​

★★☆☆☆

31 Sims Rd, East Haddam, CT, USA

PeGus’s Path Preserve​ East Haddam Land Trust 12.5 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 31 Sims Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

Olde Field Preserve

Unexplored

170 Parker Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Olde Field Preserve East Haddam Land Trust 9 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 170 Parker Rd, East Haddam, CT Trail Map     …

Miller Farm Preserve

★★☆☆☆

4 A P Gates Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Miller Farm Preserve​ East Haddam Land Trust 87 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Small lot near 4 A P Gates Rd, East Haddam, CT Small pull…

Merrow Preserve​

★★☆☆☆

216 Haywardville Road, Colchester, CT, USA

Merrow Preserve​ East Haddam Land Trust 10.62 acres in East Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking at the corner near 216 Haywardville Rd, Colchester, CT Trail Map   …