Glastonbury

Hike Glastonbury, CT

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

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Town Parks

  • Addison Bog Walk –★– 2 miles — Dominated by the Bell-Hebron Linear Park which is a popular paved biking path for an easy stroll, there are rough trails through the woods for those willing to explore and find the anti-climatic bog
  • Blackledge Falls –★★★– 2 miles — Short but popular trails with a small waterfall and connections to Gay City State Park
  • Buckingham Park — ★– 1 mile — Not to be confused with nearby Buckingham Reservoir this small park is mainly a playscape and ballfields though has a short loop trail through the woods
  • Cotton Hollow –★★★★– 1 mile — A very popular spot year round for short hikes, swimming in Roaring Brook, and views of historical ruins
  • Earle Park –★★– 1 mile — Behind the Audubon Center, confusing trails wander to a unexpected view of the Connecticut River
  • Ferry Landing –Unexplored
  • Great Pond Reserve –★★– 1 mile — A bit hidden but trails lead to a small pond, and old cedar tree, and high banks along the CT River
  • J.B. Williams Park –★★– 1 mile — Well traveled trails, lean-to camping for residents, and a small pond for fishing
  • Matson Hill Open Space — Unexplored
  • Richard Strong Memorial Open Space — Unexplored
  • Riverfront Park –★★– 1 mile — A popular boat launch into the Connecticut River, a level crushed stone walking path, and plenty of ballfields and open space
  • Shoddy Mill Preserve –★★– 1 mile — Rough trails loop through the woods in two sections here with views of the Shoddy Mill ruins

Land Trust

  • Kongscut Land Trust – I’m not certain which properties have trails so this is a lightly edited list, all are unexplored
    • Booth Woods Preserve
    • Drumlin Hill Preserve
    • Fern Hollow Preserve
    • Goodale Hill Preserve
    • Hollister Preserve/Whitehouse Family Nature Preserve
    • Landa Family & Costabile Preserve
    • Scoville Tract
    • Swan Estate & Riley Parcel
    • Zihrup Open Space Preserve

State Parks / Forest

Blue Blaze – Shenipsit Trail

  • Shenipsit: Case Mountain –★★★– 2 miles — Though Case Mountain is a popular Manchester town park, the Shenipsit through the property is generally quiet and some of the best hiking in the park
  • Shenipsit Trail: Dark Hollow –★★– 5 miles — A rugged stretch of trail after Rt 2 with plenty of hills and valleys and a short spur trail to a long cascading waterfall
  • Shenipsit Trail: Dickinson Rd –★★– 5 miles — Winding along a network of old woods roads this uneventful section has long gradual hills

The Rest

  • Buckingham Reservoir –★★★– 11 miles –A maze of popular mostly unblazed hiking and mountain bike trails centered around the reservoir with connections north to Case Mountain
  • Case Mountain –★★★★– 12 miles — Largely a Manchester town park, the southern corner of the trail network is in Glastonbury

Boating

  • Riverfront Park — A popular boat launch into a winding sectiong of the  Connecticut River
  • Keeney Cove — Unexplored

Mountain Biking

  • Buckingham Reservoir –★★★– 11 miles –A maze of popular mostly unblazed hiking and mountain bike trails centered around the reservoir with connections north to Case Mountain
  • Case Mountain –★★★★– 12 miles — Largely a Manchester town park, the southern corner of the trail network is in Glastonbury

Now get out and explore Glastonbury, CT!

Kongscut Mountain

★★★☆☆

887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT

Kongscut Mountain / Phillips Cave Loop Connecticut State Forest 1,100 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Small pull of near 887 Goodale Hill Rd, Glastonbury, CT Trail Map … Read more…

Blackledge Falls

★★★☆☆

41.700546, -72.458132

Blackledge Falls Glastonbury Town Park 80 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 3817 CT-94, Glastonbury, CT Trail Map        Trails: 2 miles … Read more…

Buckingham Reservoir

★★★☆☆

41.719096, -72.497895

Buckingham Reservoir Manchester Water Company Property in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Small lot and shoulder parking near 29 Coop Rd Glastonbury, CT Trail Map      Trails: 10… Read more…

Great Pond

★★☆☆☆

41.645416, -72.615311

Great Pond Preserve Glastonbury Town Park 70 acres in Glastonbury Parking: Grassy shoulder parking across from 401 Great Pond Rd South Glastonbury, CT Trail Map Great Pond… Read more…

Buckingham Park

★★☆☆☆

41.715059, -72.528617

Buckingham Park Glastonbury Town Park acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 1285 Manchester Rd Glastonbury, CT Trail Map Buckingham in its early days was… Read more…

Cotton Hollow

★★★★☆

41.664113, -72.585052

Cotton Hollow Preserve Glastonbury Town Park 83 acres in Glastonbury, CT Parking: Main Area: Medium sized lot for “Residents Only” near 501 Hopewell Road Glastonbury, CT Western… Read more…

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…