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Naugatuck Trail

Intermediate
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An easy hike in the woods through the eastern block of Naugatuck State Forest.


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5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Point to Point

800' 244 m

High

192' 58 m

Low

448' 136 m

Up

802' 244 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Geological Significance · River/Creek

All of the parking areas around this block of Naugatuck State Forest are roadside parking areas. There are no parking lots so parking is limited and can be tricky. Additionally, the parking area at the western terminus of the trail is by an access gate for a forest road so it is important to not block that. If more parking is needed there is a park and ride by the exit of Route 8.

Description

This trail is a Connecticut Forest and Park Association blue-blazed trail

This trail begins at a roadside parking area on Route 42. It begins on an old forest road that first descends slightly before ascending. After rain or during snowmelt on side of this area can become a full intermittent brook, but it seems to always be passible.

Here the trail continues to ascend and roll slightly until it passes the Beacon Cap Trail which is a yellow and blue blazed spur to the right. After this point, the terrain is level for a mile or so and the trail passes the Whitmore Trail on the left. Next, the trail comes to what some maps call a "gorge."

While in reality, it is nothing so grandiose, the trail descends here with a nice brook. After crossing the brook, the terrain becomes relatively flat for another 2 miles. The trail then turns and double tracks with another old forest road as it descends into the valley below.

When the trail levels off again it provides a wonderful view of the cascades on Egypt Brook. After continuing just a bit farther the trail provides fairly breathtaking views of the bluffs across Route 8 in the forest's eastern block. The rest of the trail is very flat as it continues next to the highway to the parking area at its western terminus.

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Daniel McCloskey

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