Hike the Shenipsit Trail

Traveling 50 miles from Portland to Stafford this blue blaze trail is maintained by volunteers coordinated by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.

Shenipsit Striders Annual End to End Run

Section List:

  • North Terminus — Unexplored
  • Bald Mountain — Unexplored
  • Soapstone Mountain –★★★–
  • Shenipsit Lake –★★– 1.8 miles — A flat easy walk along an old rail bed with occasional views of the water
  • Tankerhoosen WMA –★★
  • Belding WMA — Temporarily Closed for timber harvest
  • Valley Falls –★★★– Less than a mile — Descend from the Hop River Trail to the western edge of Valley Falls Pond
  • Freja Park –★★– 2.8 miles — 0.6 miles past the old Manchester Drive-In along Bolton Notch Pond and onto the Hop River Trail for 2.2 miles
  • Case Mountain — ★★★– While Case Mtn is very popular the Shenipsit Trail through the park is quiet and beautiful
  • Gay City State Park — Unexplored
  • John Tom Hill — Unexplored
  • Dark Hollow Brook / Flat Brook Falls –★★★– 5 miles –Remote and rugged terrain past a cascading waterfall
  • Bald Hill to Rt 2 –★★– 4.8 miles — Uneventful hike on old CCC roads
  • South Terminus –★★★– 3.5 miles — A steep climb to a great overlook of the CT River then on to a tiny waterfall below Bald Hill

Shenipsit Lake


41.881941, -72.422886

Shenipsit Trail – Shenipsit Lake Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Tolland, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 15 Tolland Stage Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map       Trails:… Read more…

Valley Falls


41.822938, -72.443411

Valley Falls Park Vernon Town Park 196 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: Large lot near 300 Valley Falls Rd, Vernon, CT Trail Map     Trails: 9 miles … Read more…

Gay City State Park


386 North St, Hebron, CT 06248

Gay City State Park Connecticut State Park 1,569 acres in Hebron, CT Parking: Large lot at 386 North St Hebron, CT year round with additional parking open… Read more…

Soapstone Mountain


41.958889, -72.413668

Soapstone Mountain Connecticut State Forest 1800 acres in Ellington, Somers, and Stafford, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 399 Gulf Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map Soapstone Mountain… 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 Spring St. Read more…