Hike Salem, CT

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.



Town Parks

  • Salem Nature Trail — 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 –★★★– 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

Now go out and hike Salem, CT!

Zemko Pond WMA


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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:… Read more…

Tatson’s Woods


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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        … Read more…

Bingham Preserve


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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 The… Read more…