Tolland

Hike Tolland, CT

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

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Town Parks

  • Auperin Conservation Area –★– <1 mile — A short side trail that connects to Weigold and the Tobiassen Forest
  • Becker Conservation Area –★★– 1 mile — The current terminus of the Willimantic River Trail on this short loop
  • Campbell’s Peaceful Valley –★– 2.2 miles — A great rocky overlook with plenty of trails to explore and a connection to Stoppleworth
  • Crandall Park –★★★– 5 miles — Popular town park with hiking and mountain biking trails, a beach, courts, fields, pavilions, and more
  • Cross Farms –★★– 1 mile — There is an seldom used hiking trail here though half has been taken over by the disc golf course
  • Crystal Peat Conservation Area — Unexplored
  • Heron Cove –★★– <1 mile — Mainly a boat launch into the Willimantic River, but there is a short loop trail that follows the banks
  • King Riverside –★★– 1.2 miles — Part of the Willimantic River hiking trail with the remains of Peck’s Mill and the the District IV schoolhouse
  • Knofla Conservation Area –★★– 2.9 miles — Forested trails lead down to Knofla’s Pond, a bog view, and hilly loops
  • Luce Conservation Area –★★– 1 mile — Tiny cascades on Charter Brook, a rocky spine covered in young pines, and a flooded stonewall
  • Nedweid Conservation Area –★– 1 mile — Seldom used section of the Willimantic River hiking trail connects to King Riverside
  • Palmer Kendall Mountain –★★★– 1.5 miles — A ridge overlook, the “knob”, and a rock jumble they call a “quarry”
  • Parciak Conservation Area –★★– 2.8 miles — A “meteor” and a quartz boulder highlight the trails here
  • Paulk Hill Conservation Area –★★– 5 miles – Mountain bike specific trails that connect to Crandall Park
  • River Park –★★– 1 mile — Oddly there are no river views from the park, but trails connect to the Becker CA which do
  • Schindler/Schmidt Conservation Area –★★– 3.8 miles — Mostly easy walking on old roads through rocky terrain
  • Shafran Conservation Area –★★– 1.4 miles — One of the most peaceful places with pines, ferns, and clear streams
  • Stoppleworth Conservation Area –★– 1 mile — An old cellar hole, birch lined paths, and a connection to Campbell’s Peaceful Valley
  • Weigold Conservation Area –★– <1 mile — A short trail that connects to Auperin and the Tobiassen Forest

Land Trust – Joshua’s Trust

  • Madeline Regan Preserve –★★– 1 mile — A figure eight hiking loop preserving a section of the Old Connecticut Path and a dramatic esker
  • Tobiassen Forest –★★– 2 miles — A short wooded loop with some grand old trees

State Parks / Forest

Blue Blaze – Shenipsit Trail

  • Shenipsit Lake –★★– 1 mile — The Connecticut Water Co. trolley trail, flat easy walking with a view or two of the lake

The Rest

  • Benton Homestead –★– <1 mile — A short unmaintained loop next to the roar of I-84, the homestead is a museum
  • Willimantic River Trail — Tolland is the current northern terminus of this long trail [/expand]

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  • Cross Farms Full 18-hole wooded disc golf course[/expand]

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Now get out and hike Tolland, CT!

Benton Homestead

★☆☆☆☆

154 Metcalf Rd, Tolland, CT

Daniel Benton Homestead Tolland Historical Location 12 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Small parking area at 154 Metcalf Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map          Trails:…

Cole W. Wilde Trout Management Area

Unexplored

41.89399, -72.29749

Cole W. Wilde Trout Management Area Connecticut State Forest in Willington and Tolland, CT Parking: At the I-84 Westbound rest stop in Willington, CT Trail Map The… Read more…

Cross Farms

★★☆☆☆

41.865457, -72.336638

Cross Farms Tolland Town Park 108 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Large lot at 167 Rhodes Road, Tolland, CT Trail Map        Trails: 1 mile   …

Campbell’s Peaceful Valley

★★★☆☆

41.90791,-72.38540

Campbell’s Peaceful Valley Conservation Area Tolland Town Park 70 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Small dirt lot near 300 Hunter Road Tolland, CT Trail Map     …

River Park & Becker Conservation Area

★★☆☆☆

41.861779,-72.307724

River Park & Becker Conservation Area Tolland Town Parks 60.85 combined acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Large lot near 461 South River Road, Tolland, CT Trail Map   …

Crandall Park

★★★☆☆

80 Cider Mill Rd, Tolland, CT

Crandall Park Tolland Town Park /  Beach 400+ acres in Tolland, CT Parking: Several medium-sized lots near 80 Cider Mill Rd, Tolland, CT Trail Map     …