Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
Much of the trail is on public land, but a few stretches go through private property, so hikers are asked to be respectful and stick to the trail.
The Paugusset Trail was built in the 1930's during the Great Depression by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, which today still maintains over 825 miles of blue-blazed trails in Connecticut. The trail can be done in either direction, with endpoints on Buddington Rd. in Shelton and the East Village in Monroe. There are many parking lots and access points along the way, so hiking just a section is also easy. Highlights include the Elklund Wildflower Garden (seasonal), Hope Lake, the Shelton Dog Park, Indian Well Falls, and views of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar.
Approximate mileage from Buddington Rd:
Hope Lake 1.4 mi.
Silent Waters 2.1 mi.
Indian Well Falls 4.6 mi.
Birchbank Mtn 6.6 mi
Webb Mtn 10.5 mi
Cottage St./Lake Zoar 12 mi.
Barnhill Road, Monroe 13 mi
Shared By: Nate Laughton