Lantern Hill

North Stonington, Connecticut 06359

Lantern Hill

Lantern Hill Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"From the parking area, the well-delineated and blue-blazed Narragansett Trail immediately begins a fairly steep climb into a forest of red maple, red and white oak, and the northern hardwood, yellow birch.

The rocky path is softened in summer by verdant patches of New York, interrupted, spinulose wood, and Christmas ferns. Maple-leaf viburnum and witch hazel thrive beneath the green canopy, while wild geranium and wild sarsaparilla bloom here in summer."

Lantern Hill Trip Reports

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The trail from the trail head to the top is not that steep. Loose stone and moderately sloping. Going down and coming up the south slope is a little more difficult. The views on top of the hill are pretty good. Foxwoods close by and the very visible on the northwest corner. The Western overlook featured a lake, while the eastern overlook featured miles and mile of trees and a pretty steep ledge (a good place for lunch). You can barely make out the ocean toward the south, but it is there. I connected to the Wintechaug Hill trail and went over to Gallup pond. All in all it was a good day for being my first real hike in 10 years.
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This state park was really beautiful; it really makes me appreciate CT. However, the trail markers only exist at the beginnings of the trails- which can be annoying. It's a really nice nature walk though. The paths are all well traveled and easy to spot, just not marked. The falls are very impressive and right by the parking lot- hard to miss unless you walk right past them without looking.
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Excellent climb. Strenuous, but not dangerous for those in reasonable shape. Not for the very young, the elderly, or the infirm.

Views are good. Trail is well worn--too well worn in some places and in need of maintenance. Marking is obvious and relatively new and done in paint, to avoid driving harmful nails into the trailside trees.

Northern end of the loop passes through the Town of Stonington waste recycling facility and is poorly marked within that facility. Even the employees were unsure of the trail route; however, walking to the road through the vehicular exit will put you opposite the trail entrance on the west side of the road.

Area needs to be policed more frequently and vigorously. I found four young men cutting live trees and trying to start a fire, in spite of signs at the trail entrance specifically disallowing any of those activities. And this was in a time of relative drought, when the fire danger was well above normal.

All in all, a good hike on a trail that needs some attention.

Lantern Hill Photos

Trail Information

North Stonington
Nearby City
260 feet
Elevation Gain
Skill Level
2.0–3.0 hours

Trail Log