4,091 ft
Distance
155 ft
Climb
-220 ft
Descent
00:14:50
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Lillinonah Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Upper Paugussett State Forest
    Newtown, Connecticut
  • Ref Number
    BlueBlazes
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #11103 in Hiking [+]
    • #63511 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
  • Land Manager

Located entirely within the 800-acre upper block of the Paugussett State Forest in Newtown, the Lillinonah Trail is surrounded on three sides by water. The trail parallels Lake Lillinonah, a 1,547-acre lake created in 1955 by the construction of the Shepaug Dam, which can be seen regularly from the trail. Another water feature is the Pond Brook inlet, a narrow waterway that stretches back to the trailhead at Hanover Road. The Lillinonah Trail is a rugged trail with frequent changes in elevation as it mostly follows the edge of the State Forest property. The Connecticut DEEP has designated a 3.1-mile section near the lakeshore as a scenic trail because of the excellent views of Lake Lillinonah, the Shepaug River inlet, the Shepaug Dam, and of the three bordering towns on the lake (Newtown, Bridgewater and Southbury). The trail also passes through an extensive sugar maple operation in the vicinity of the Echo Valley Rd parking area.

Within the forest are other multi-use trails. The Upper Gussy Trail, a 1.8-mile trail created for mountain bikers and equestrians, and Brody Road, named for conservationist Polly Brody (who convinced the State to purchase the land), both offer hikers numerous loop opportunities. Al’s Trail, marked with dark blue arrows, coincides with the Lillinonah Trail from the Pond Brook inlet to the trailhead near Echo Valley Rd. Visit the Al’s Trail website for more details.

Hunting is permitted in the State Forest intersected by this trail. Please use caution and wear orange during hunting season.

! The “scenic trail” section is a nesting habitat for bald eagles, the lakeshore portion is annually closed from December 15th to March 15th. Use Brody Rd as an alternative to complete the loop.

Allowed Uses: Hiking Only

Disclaimer

Foot traffic only per State Park Map

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lillinonah Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -68 ft
  • Altitude min
    318 ft
  • Altitude max
    515 ft
  • Altitude start
    386 ft
  • Altitude end
    318 ft
  • Grade
    -1.7%
  • Grade max
    -31.1%
  • Grade min
    40.7%
  • Distance climb
    1,778 ft
  • Distance down
    2,119 ft
  • Distance flat
    194 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:34
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      May 17, 2018 @ 8:59am
      May 17, 2018
      Significant Damage from recent Tornado. Please stay out of the forest until the danger has been properly assessed.
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