Salmon River Trail

Colchester, Connecticut 06415

Salmon River Trail

Salmon River Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Entirely on state land, this lasso-shaped hike explores Salmon River State Forest and Day Pond State Park. Its highlights include the old Comstock covered bridge (refurbished in 2011), limited Salmon River access and viewing, the reflective beauty of Day Pond, rock walls and cellar ruins, and an unexpected waterfall find.

This is a Connecticut blue trail, marked by the signature blue blazes. It begins with your passing through the historic covered bridge that dates to 1791 and spans the shallow Salmon River. Upon crossing, the trail swings left. Sycamores contribute to the river’s shore. This attractive, slow-moving, rocky-bottomed river supports juvenile Atlantic salmon, a species decimated by industrial pollution at the turn of the twentieth century. The state forest protects the river watershed and species dependent on the river."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Salmon River State Forest and Day Pond State Park, c/o Eastern District Headquarters, 209 Hebron Rd., Marlborough 06447; (860) 295-9523. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
State park and forest maps (available online at; Moodus 7.5-minute USGS quad; Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, East (available from CFPA,
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