Hike Salem, CT

(Part of New London County)

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



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Town Parks

  • Salem Nature Trail – Unexplored
  • Salem Community Park – Unexplored

Land Trust

  • Salem Land Trust
    • Ahnert Preserve –★– No trails – Small area to explore along the brook (Parking Link)
    • Big Brook Gorge Preserve –★★– .6 miles — A short trail that dead ends in a gorge with an option to climb its high bank
    • Bingham Preserve★★– .5 miles – A short trail with a view of a beaver pond at the back side
    • Darling Road Preserve –★★★– 3 miles – The loop requires a bit of a roadwalk but also has a section of the Richard Goodwin Trail and the tri-town marker
    • Salem Riverside Preserve★★– .25 miles – A short well maintained lollipop loop with a view of the Eightmile River
    • Smuggler’s Rock Preserve –★★– 1.8 miles – Short trails climb to a balanced rock and a seasonal view
    • Tatson’s Woods★– 1.2 miles – A seldom used trail to old farm fields and the remains of a grand old oak
    • Walden Preserve –★★★– 6 miles – Formerly a Nature Conservancy property with a hidden Pierce Arrow car and great varied trails
    • Woodland Warbler Preserve★★– 2.6 miles – The trust’s newest property!
    • Zemko Sawmill Preserve –★★– 2.2 miles – Expanded trails now explore either side of Whittlesey Swamp

State Parks / Forest

The Rest

  • Richard H. Goodwin Trail 13 miles
    • Salem’s portion of this long trail is in the Darling Road Preserve
  • Salem Woods Disc Golf Course

Boating/Fishing |expand|

Breweries, Bakeries, and More |expand|

  • Fox Farm Brewery

Town History |expand|

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Now go out and hike Salem, CT!

Salem Community Park


89 Norwich Road, Salem, CT, USA

Salem Community Park / Salem Woods DGC / Volunteer Park Salem Town Park 95 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Field/Trails Access: Medium lot near 89 Norwich Rd,…

Zemko Pond WMA


41.497541, -72.258677

Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 464 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Small lot near 220 Round Hill Road, Salem, CT Trail Map      Trails:…

Nehantic State Forest East Lyme


41.437927, -72.262657

Nehantic State Forest | East Lyme Block Connecticut State Forest 1,931 acres in East Lyme Parking: North End: Medium sized lot at the end of Holmes Rd …

Zemko Sawmill Preserve


41.504849, -72.267249

Zemko Sawmill Preserve Salem Land Trust 92 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Small lot near 180 Rattlesnake Ledge Rd, Salem, CT Trail Map        Trails:…

Tatson’s Woods


41.459458, -72.299938

Tatson’s Woods Preserve Salem Land Trust 8 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Next to the driveway near 1 Woodbridge Rd, Salem, CT  Trail Map        …

Smuggler’s Rock Preserve


41.499400, -72.270975

Smuggler’s Rock Preserve Salem Land Trust 113 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Small lot at end of Salem Ridge Drive cul-de-sac Trail Map       Trails: 1.8 miles …

Woodland Warbler Preserve


41.482747, -72.310035

Woodland Warbler Preserve Salem Land Trust 272 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 349 West Rd Salem, CT Trail Map           Trails:…

Salem Riverside Preserve


41.450382, -72.296202

Salem Riverside Preserve Salem Land Trust 4.6 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Small lot near 345 Darling Rd, Salem, CT Trail Map        Trails: 0.25…

Bingham Preserve


41.451555, -72.283123

Alf & Sylvia Bingham Preserve Salem Land Trust 4 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Tiny lot for 2 cars at 194 Darling Road Salem, CT Trail Map    …

Big Brook Gorge Preserve


41.523891, -72.294427

Big Brook Gorge Preserve Salem Land Trust 19.67 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Between the guardrails near 750 Hartford Road Salem, CT Trail Map          Trails:…