Day Pond State Park & Salmon River State Forest

The blue-blazed trail goes through a mixed hardwood and evergreen forest.
The blue-blazed trail goes through a mixed hardwood and evergreen forest. Judy Benson/The Day

Day Pond State Park & Salmon River State Forest

Town: Colchester and East Hampton

Directions: Take I395 north to Route 2 west to Route 149 south at exit 16. Stay on Route 149 for three miles and make a hard right onto Peck Lane, then a left onto Day Pond Road.

There is also a trailhead at the end of the Comstock Bridge Connector on Bridge Street off Route 16 in East Hampton.

Where to Park: Parking is available around the pond and outside the main gates.

Description: The blue-blazed Salmon River Trail, maintained by Connecticut Forest and Park Association volunteers, starts in Day pond State Park then enters the 6,000-acre Salmon River State Forest. Hiking is mostly easy to moderate, and passes by an interesting old stone foundation.

The entire loop trail, including the connector spur to the waterfalls on Day Pond Brook, is about three miles.

The two-mile Comstock Bridge Connector off the south loop goes along the Salmon River and ends at the covered bridge.

Regulations: Open 8 a.m. to sunset; dogs must be on a leash.

Amenities: Bathrooms and outhouses; picnic tables and picnic shelter; pond stocked with trout.

Natural Features: Waterfall along Day Pond Brook; scenic vistas along Comstock Bridge Connector trail.

Fees: Entrance fees charged on weekends and holidays from the third Saturday in April through Columbus Day weekend; after Columbus Day, main gate closed but hikers can park along Day Pond Road near the front gate and walk around the pond to the trail entrances.

Things to Note: Some large trees that fell during fall 2011 storms lay across the trail in several spots. Trail is mostly well marked, although there are some spots where the blue markers are faded or hard to locate.

Owned by: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

More information: Day Pond State Park: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&;q=325184&depNav_GID=1650

Salmon River State Forest: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&;q=325074&depNav_GID=1650

Rustic bridges cross streams along the trail.
Rustic bridges cross streams along the trail. Judy Benson/The Day
Sections of the trail follow Day Pond Brook and other streams.
Sections of the trail follow Day Pond Brook and other streams. Judy Benson/The Day
Fungus with circular patterns grows on a fallen tree.
Fungus with circular patterns grows on a fallen tree. Judy Benson/The Day
A spur off the trail leads to a waterfall on Day Pond Brook.
A spur off the trail leads to a waterfall on Day Pond Brook. Judy Benson/The Day
The highest part of the waterfall spills over mossy rocks into a pool, before continuing a steep tumble into a shady ravine.
The highest part of the waterfall spills over mossy rocks into a pool, before continuing a steep tumble into a shady ravine. Judy Benson/The Day
Water flows under a large boulder perched over the waterfall.
Water flows under a large boulder perched over the waterfall. Judy Benson/The Day
A long spur off the south loop leads to Comstock Bridge in East Hampton.
A long spur off the south loop leads to Comstock Bridge in East Hampton. Judy Benson/The Day
The trail passes a power line road.
The trail passes a power line road. Judy Benson/The Day
Remains of a stone foundation that once stood along the trail.
Remains of a stone foundation that once stood along the trail. Judy Benson/The Day
Day Pond Brook forms a waterfall as the elevation drops several dozen feet and carries the brook over large rocks into a ravine.
Day Pond Brook forms a waterfall as the elevation drops several dozen feet and carries the brook over large rocks into a ravine. Judy Benson/The Day

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