Kettletown State Park Miller Trail

Kettletown State Park, Connecticut

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain0ft
Trailhead Elevation334ft
Top334ft
Elevation Min/Max334/334ft
Elevation Start/End334/334ft

Kettletown State Park Miller Trail

Kettletown State Park Miller Trail is a hiking trail in New Haven County, Connecticut. It is within Kettletown State Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 334 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 0 feet.

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Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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"On the east shore of Lake Zoar, a long impoundment on the Housatonic River, this 605-acre Connecticut state park offers lake, brook, woods, and crest discovery. The park derives its name from the oral lore that places the sum the colonists paid to the Pootatuck Indians for the hunting and fishing rights here at one brass kettle. In 1919 the Stevenson Dam–raised water of Lake Zoar swallowed the site of the historic Indian village, erasing all record of this farming people, whose sophisticated drum talk could relay a message 200 miles in two hours." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"Just past the gatehouse, turn left and follow the pavement over a bridge across Kettletown Brook. You’ll soon reach the start of Brook Trail (blazed blue over yellow) on your right. Brook Trail bears left and descends into an idyllic hemlock- shaded rocky chasm. The highly oxygenated Kettletown Brook, hemmed in on the far side by a 30-foot-high gneiss rock wall, tumbles over a boulderlittered brook bed. Partridgeberry, Christmas fern, common polypody—the latter on rounded glacial boulders—and spinulose wood fern are among the few plants able to thrive in the subdued light. Follow the trail for 0.2 mile and reach the intersection with blue-over-red-blazed Miller Brook Connector Trail, which continues straight ahead. Bear left on Brook Trail as it leads up to and crosses the park road." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"From a short walk through a hemlock gorge that cradles Kettletown Brook to a wonderful hilltop view of Lake Zoar, this loop trail has much to recommend it. Just past the gatehouse, turn left and walk downhill on the paved surface over a bridge across Kettletown Brook. You’ll soon reach the start of Brook Trail (blazed blue over yellow) on your right. Brook Trail descends into an idyllic hemlock-shaded rocky chasm. The highly oxygenated waters of Kettletown Brook, hemmed in on the far side by a 30-foot high gneiss (pronounced nice) rock wall, tumble over a boulder-littered brook bed. Partridgeberry, Christmas fern, common polypody—the latter on rounded glacial boulders—and spinulose wood fern are among the few plants able to thrive in the subdued light." Read more

Kettletown State Park Miller Trail Reviews

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8/8/2010
This started out to be a comfortable trail, but it was not well marked and became very hard to follow. Our group somehow got off the trail and found ourselves on a fancy, private road... We had a pleasant walk, but most of it was not in the Audubon. I hope someone in the Audubon redoes trail blazes and prints maps for visitors who wish to explore on their own. This could easily be a 5 star area, but our experience can only get 1 star.
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6/13/2009
We have hiked in KettleTown many times. The Miller Trail (north part of park) does have some hills, but don't miss the overlook. ThePomperaug / Crest trail is longer. I have done both with Cub Scouts & Geocaching.
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10/30/2005
One of the worst experiences I've ever had hiking. The trails were very poorly marked, and the blazes were way too far apart. I will never hike there again.
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5/6/2004
We enjoyed this trail a great deal, the Pomperaug-Crest Loop was a nice moderate hike with some difficult spots, but overall a good day out on the trail. The Pomperaug-Oxford Loop on the other hand is a little treacherous in some spots. There's some trees that have fallen onto the trail on Oxford and it was tough to navigate my dog over and under them sicee they are near cliffs, but it's a good hike if you want a challenge.
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Trail Information

Kettletown State Park
Nearby City
Kettletown State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Kettletown State Park, 1400 Georges Hill Rd., Southbury 06488; (203) 264-5678, May through Sept (call Putnam Memorial State Park, 203-938-2285, Oct through Apr). Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT); www.ct.gov/dep
Local Contacts
State park map (available online at www.ct.gov/dep); Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA, www.ctwoodlands.org/bookstore)
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