Lillinonah Trail

Newtown, Connecticut 6470

Lillinonah Trail

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"In Upper Paugussett State Forest, this loop hike visits the wooded edge and slope along a confined stretch of the Housatonic River, Lake Lillinonah—a place of Indian lore and quiet beauty. An ill-fated love story has it that river rapids (now swallowed by the dam) snatched up a canoe paddled by Lillinonah, the beloved daughter of a Pootatuck Indian chief. Her European lover leapt to her rescue, but the fast water took both lives.

This hike swings a 6-mile loop through 794-acre Upper Paugussett State Forest, traveling shoreline bluff and the wooded and bouldery rise above Lake Lillinonah. Follow the blue blazes from Hanover Road parking, crossing flowing water on the road culvert before turning east into woods and uphill. You reach “Al’s Trail,” a yellow-blazed and placard-marked segment of the Newtown Trailway, which shares the way. In a dip, find the loop junction. Keep left for clockwise travel. The trail has a defined earthen bed, sometimes rooted as it rolls along the foot of the slope above the Pond Brook inlet."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Fairfield County (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
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"This hike takes you along the western shore of Lake Lillinonah for half of the route in the Upper Paugusett State Forest in Newtown. Here, rock outcroppings overlooking the lake are frequently used by nesting bald eagles and hawks. The trail then veers into a mix of evergreen and logged deciduous before connecting to a relatively flat and wide wood road lined with stonewalls on either side. As part of the Upper Paugussett trail system, the Lillinonah Trail gives you frequent lake views through the trees hugging the shore high above the water line. To reach this shoreline portion first, do not take the logging road behind the brown metal gate that is immediately apparent alongside the parking lot. Instead, walk back down the dirt road you just came in on for a few hundred feet and look for blue markings on the trees. As soon as you reach a red barn to your right, take a left and follow the Blue Trail down along a stone wall into the forest, leading you toward Lake Lillinonah, which is really a dammed-up portion of the Housatonic River." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Spring through fall
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Forests, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
State forest map (available online at; Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA,
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