The Nehantic Trail

Evergreen saplings populate the woods that the 13-mile Nehantic Trail traverses in Griswold.
Evergreen saplings populate the woods that the 13-mile Nehantic Trail traverses in Griswold.

Town: Griswold and Voluntown

Directions: To northern trailhead at Hopeville Pond State Park: 395 north to Exit 86; right off exit; follow signs to park. Entrance to park is a half-mile on the right, off Route 201. Trailhead is across the road from Hopeville Pond beach. To southern trailhead in the Green Falls section of the Pachaug State Forest: 395 N to Exit 85, follow Route 138 East 8.3 miles to park entrance. Trailhead is across the road from parking area at Green Falls Pond beach. Mid-section of trail can be accessed at the Chapman section of Pachaug State Forest: 395 north to Exit 85; go through the 1st light at the next stop light; right onto Route 138 East. Go 9 miles then left onto Route 49 North. Forest entrance will be 1 mile ahead on the left.

Where to park: Ample parking at Hopeville Pond State Park and Green Falls Pond and Chapman sections of Pachaug State Forest.

Description: 13 miles of blue-blazed trail maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association connects three state-owned areas. Most of the trail is in Pachaug State Forest, but there are a couple of sections that follow forest roads, one stretch along Route 49 and a couple on easements over private land.

Regulations: Hikers only; no motorized vehicles.

Amenities: A shelter a short way off the trail in the northern half is available by reservation from DEEP. Outhouses are located near where the trail crosses through the Chapman Falls-Mt. Misery section of the Pachaug and at the parks at both ends of the trail.

Natural Features: Most of the trail is fairly level, easy-to-moderate hiking. A short steep section leads to Mt. Misery, a 441-foot overlook.

Fees: None

Things to Note: Trail crosses two other blue-blazed trails, the Narragansett and Pachaug, plus a side trail to the Rhododendron Sanctuary in the Chapman section of the Pachaug State Forest.

Owned by: Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Information: Visit www.ctwoodlands.org or, these links directly for Hopeville Pond State Park and Pachaug State Forest.

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