Macedonia Ridge Trail

Macedonia Brook State Park, Connecticut

Distance6.5mi
Elevation Gain4,791ft
Trailhead Elevation633ft
Top1,374ft
Elevation Min/Max633/1374ft
Elevation Start/End633/633ft
Macedonia Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Litchfield County, Connecticut. It is within Macedonia Brook State Park. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 633 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,791 feet. The Macedonia Ridge Trail parking is near the trailhead. Cobble Mountain (elevation 1,365 feet) and the Hilltop Pond (elevation 974 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Lime Green Trail.

Macedonia Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail begins on the east side of Macedonia Brook Road. Cross the bridge over the gushing brook, stocked with fingerling trout, and walk 200 feet back down the way you drove in to a trailhead sign on the left.

(Caution: Be sure to follow the loop trail in this counterclockwise fashion in order to avoid descending from very steep ledges on the northeast slope of Cobble Mountain.)"

"The Macedonia Ridge Trail, in 2,300-acre Macedonia Brook State Park, presents the hiker with a formidable section requiring rock scrambling. But the views from Cobble Mountain are superb, and the fall foliage spectacle, as seen from these rocky heights, is splendid.

Begin by climbing the southwest-facing slope under a canopy of red, black, and chestnut oaks, and enter hemlocks as you level out. The shrub or small tree witch hazel blooms in the understory in fall, while lowbush blueberry produces familiar and sought aft er fruits in late summer. On your way up to
the ridgeline you have already passed gneiss (pronounced nice) outcrops."

"Macedonia Brook snakes through a scenic valley in western Connecticut. Bordered by steep ridges, the brook forms the core of a 2300-acre park that began with a 1552-acre donation to the state in 1918. While most hikers who venture here opt for the less-than-1-mile ascent of scenic Cobble Mountain, this 6.7-mile loop provides greater variety, solitude, and more numerous wildlife viewing opportunities. With camping sites in the park and lodging nearby, a trip to this beautiful corner of Connecticut can easily be extended with other adventures to nearby Kent Falls and pleasant treks along the Appalachian Trail."

"Nothing about tranquil, undisturbed Macedonia Brook State Park discloses its eventful past. Long ago, the Schaghitcoke Indians and other local tribes traded their goods along the nearby Housatonic and Ten Mile Rivers.

Many years after, in the late nineteenth century, the iron and charcoal industries flourished here. After the industries’ decline, Litchfield’s White Memorial Foundation donated 1500 acres of land to create a large part of this popular state park."

"The area around Macedonia Brook State Park was once a farming settlement, where members of the Schaghticoke tribe were reputed to live in harmony with farmers originally from nearby Kent, even aiding them during the Revolutionary War.

This is a hilly ride on peaceful back roads, through a 2,500-acre state park, with a stop in the downtown of nearby Kent. This route is the second hilliest in the book per mile, with a total elevation gain of 1,671 feet over 15.4 miles.The route begins north of Macedonia Brook State Park, on a hard-packed
dirt road beside Hilltop Pond."

"A demanding loop travels the east and west ridges framing the Macedonia Brook drainage. Special attractions: Vistas, ridge and valley forests, spring wildflowers, a mountain laurel, wildlife, fall foliage.

Originating with a gift of land from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield, Connecticut, this 2,300-acre Connecticut state park nudges the New York State border. Split in half by the clear-skipping waters of Macedonia Brook, the park offers exciting ridgeline tours, vistas, peaceful woods,
and stonework from the past. During the Revolutionary War, some one hundred Scatacook Indian volunteers manned signal fires atop these and other area ridges of the Housatonic Valley."

"Originating with a 1918 gift of land from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield, Connecticut, this 2,300-acre state park nudges the border with New York State.

Split in half by the clear-skipping waters of Macedonia Brook, the park offers exciting ridgeline tours, vistas, and peaceful woods. Stonework and charcoal mounds hint at its ironwork past. During the Revolutionary War some one hundred Scatacook Indian volunteers attended signal fires atop these and other ridges in the Housatonic Valley."

Macedonia Ridge Trail Reviews

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6/27/2012
This is a beautiful loop trail with easy access from route 7 about 5 miles from Kent. I followed the guide book and took the blue blaze trail counter clockwise. The trail basically walks the ridges around the park. I did the trail on the weekday and only passed two other hikers the whole time, which is they way I like it. The first 3/4 of the trail are not difficult. I chose this trail because of the difficult rating. For an experienced hiker this trail is EASY except for Cobble Mtn, which it the last two miles of the loop. The rest of the trail is rolling hills and flat ridges with no views. It's very pleasant, a nice walk in the woods, but not challenging besides the distance. It took my 4 hours at a leisurely pace with 2 dogs. the trail is pretty uneventful until Cobble Mountain. The last miles are a nice quick, rocky and steep climb to the top which lead to a series of ledges with good views. It made the hike worth while but I would have taken a shorter route for the views and climb. There are a few other trails options which could be used to get the climbs and views, check out the map. Perfectly lovely hike but miss rated except for a few small sections of the end of the hike.
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8/8/2010
Did this hike as a family (kids 8 and 11) and it was great but quite challenging for the kids. We did this on short notice as we were close to the park and I wanted to check it out for future camping trips. I didn't realize how steep certain sections are and we all wore sneakers. To make matters worse, we hiked in the wrong direction making for a fun but treacherous descent at the end. If you're prepared for this hike, it is quite beautiful and fun... For experienced hikers this is not a problem but if you're with kids or weaker team members, make sure you're prepared.
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5/23/2009
Not a bad day hike with a few great views at the end. Half way through (when you enter the camp ground area) the trail gets almost impossible to follow as the blue trail markers all but vanished. The rock scrambling near the end of the loop was good if you went a little off trail.
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5/2/2009
This was a great trail,all though we did not do the entire trail. We took the trail from the park office (orange blaze to white orange to the white blaze(Cobble Mountain Trail)then looped back down the blue blaze down to Macedonia Brook Road.This trail was about 2.5 miles and had great views at the top of Cobble Moutain. The orange/white orange blaze trail was easy to moderate but that changed quickly at the white blaze up Cobble Mountain. The trail was steep and rocky with lots of tree roots.The trip down was pretty easy but there were steep,rocky points where you had to slow down to keep your footing. A trail map is recommended,was a little confusing at the top and the potential to get lost is high,the rest of the trail was well marked. Will go back soon and do the rest.
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3/30/2008
This is a moderately leveled hike with steady incline from start to summit at Cobble Mountain. The trail follows a flowing stream with some gorgeous vistas as you near the top. We hiked this trail in spring when water levels were running high and there was no foliage on the trees, allowing for better views. Wildlife was also abundant - we saw several turkey vultures flying overhead and wild turkeys in the underbrush. Once you reach summit, you can either go back the way you came in, or you can more rapidly descend down the white blazed trail to the park road, which leads back to the parking area. I would recommend this as a nice but somewhat challenging day hike.
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5/8/2006
Hot, boring, but still had some redeming qualities. If you are camping at the park don't even think about breaking any rules cause you won't get away with it. Awesome campsites for the rule abiding.
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12/8/2004
Hiked east and west loops with my 10 year old son. Very steep clifflike terrain for short area north of cobble mountain, but manageable. A lot of excitement for my son and a good challenge for my 45 year old knees. Gorgeous view from top of cobble mt., 300 degree view. Some intertwining trails as well; pick up a map at the headquarters for a shorter hike. White blazed trail looked insane, good for the 20 somethings or maybe when my son turns 12. Matt McCay
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10/10/2004
Mallard Marsh and Little Pond is a great easy combo trail thru soft pine forests trails, around the marsh and finally around the pond. The Little Pond boardwalk trail (1.6 miles) is breathtaking in the fall as the colors explode...you feel you are walking on water. The trails are not marked well in all places. I would suggest getting a trail map at the Museum Store of the White Memorial Foundation. The trail is perfect for children who are new to hiking.
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5/11/2003
NICE DEMANDING TRAIL, WELL MAPPED OUT. HIKED THE COMPLETE IN 4 HOURS. NOT A GOOD TRAIL FOR CHILDREN OR ELDERS. VIEWS ARE GREAT. BRING PLENTY OF BUG REPELLENT AND WATER. A STRENUOUS AND CHALLENGING TRAIL DON'T BE CAUGHT UNPREPARED. MY WIFE AND I ENJOYED THIS TRAIL AND WILL HIKE IT IN SUMMER AND IN FALL THIS YEAR.
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1/30/2002
This place is a gem and somewhat of a well kept secret. However in the summer the natives come out in full force and the place is busy! In winter the cross country skiing and snowshoeing cant be beat. Most trails are easy. Great for the kids, or older family members. A lot of short trails interwoven through scenic Litchfield, CT. Lots of diversity. One trail, probably the most popular, even has a boardwalk that goes through part of a pond! A great place to get in touch with nature if only for a few hours.
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