Lake Zoar Trail

Seymour, Connecticut

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As part of the Lower Paugussett State Forest, a portion of the Lake Zoar Trail covered in this hike is designated as scenic, often providing close-up lake views hugging the shore under a dense canopy of extremely tall hemlocks. Depending on the season, it’s difficult to discern that you are not in the backwoods of Vermont or Canada instead of southern New England. The trail begins close along the steep shore through thick yet wide-open hemlock forest. Steep rugged banks plunge into the water on the opposite shore to your right, making the views extra beautiful. A public pavilion will come into prominent view through light tree cover at 0.52 mile. Here the shore is about 25 feet away from the trail and pretty level with the water.

Lake Zoar Trail Professional Review and Guide

"As part of the Lower Paugussett State Forest, a portion of the Lake Zoar Trail covered in this hike is designated as scenic, often providing close-up lake views hugging the shore under a dense canopy of extremely tall hemlocks. Depending on the season, it’s difficult to discern that you are not in the backwoods of Vermont or Canada instead of southern New England.

The trail begins close along the steep shore through thick yet wide-open hemlock forest. Steep rugged banks plunge into the water on the opposite shore to your right, making the views extra beautiful. A public pavilion will come into prominent view through light tree cover at 0.52 mile. Here the shore is about 25 feet away from the trail and pretty level with the water."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Seymour
Distance: 2.46
Elevation Gain: 99 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: March through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Paugussett State Forest
Local Maps: TOPO! New England
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Zoar Trail

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May 2018