Natchaug Trail – Lyon Rd
in Eastford, CT
Parking: Shoulder parking across from the cemetery at Lyon Rd (41.8716650, -72.0878170)
Trail Map Trails: 8 miles Rating: ★★★☆☆
This section is long and remote due to the lack of road access and is great for long hikes by car pointing. This covers all the way from the northern terminus 8 miles to south of Lyon Rd in the Natchaug Forest Main Block.
From this spot the heading south on the Natchaug Trail crosses the bridge and over the guardrail right into the Natchaug State Forest. The trail briefly follows Still River and then into heavy woods until reaching Nathanial Lyon State Park after about two miles.
To head north on the Natchaug Trail requires walking south on Rt 198 for about a quarter-mile before jumping the guardrail and steeply descending to Stones Brook. This stretch crisscrosses the lowlands until the Rt. 44 road crossing.
After crossing Rt. 44 the trail passes through a particularly beautiful section along Bigelow Brook that follows the water for miles until crossing Ashford Rd. From there the trail winds through forest and along private property for another few miles until reaching its northern terminus where is joins the Nipmuck Trail. This section is long and remote due to the lack of road access and is fantastic hiking perfect for car pointing.
- CMTQ – Natchaug Trail Section 1 (2017)