This was my first time hiking at Bear Mountain Reservation. It is a nice, chill little hike, with ample parking. Trails are pretty well-marked, dog and kid friendly (not really stroller friendly, though), and maps are available at the parking lot just before the entrance of the trails. You have options here: you can stay on relatively flat terrain or take a slightly more challenging trail down to Lake Candlewood. There are lots of trees, meadows, lake access, and just enough up and down rolling hilly parts to make you feel like you are actually on a hike instead of just a casual walk. When I was here it was evident that a recent storm created a bit of tree damage. There were some downed trees, which often blocked the trail, so you may have to crawl over or under them. I thought that was sort of fun. Part of the Red trail overlooks Lake Candlewood and the views are very pretty. Despite the proximity to homes and roads, it is quite easy to imagine yourself deep in a Connecticut forest when you go here. I also noticed a few picnic tables near the parking lot if you want to have a picnic with your family or friends. I definitely will be hiking here again.