The Pequot Trail runs 8 miles from Ledyard to Preston passing tiny cascades, abandoned cars, the mystery of Hellgate, and views along the way. The north half criss crosses a utility corridor in interesting ways and the second half has a few road walks.
I hiked the full trail for a ‘First Day’ hike in January 2021
The Pequot Trail has remained nearly unchanged for its entire existence without any major reroutes
The trail was shortened by 2 miles sometime after 1990. It used to connect to the Narragansett Trail at Lantern Hill, but it was likely housing developments in the Mashantucket Pequot reservation that disrupted access to the trail and no alternate has been allowed
Hellgate on the old woods road in the northern section must date back to colonial times, but the origin and reasons for the name have been lost to time