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Wild Places in Guilford, Connecticut

Hiking Trails
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Guilford was settled in 1639, one of the towns of the New Haven Colony in New England. It has one of the most beautiful town greens... more »

Tips:  Much of the topography in Guilford are low ridges and lowland swampy or wet areas. Except for Bluff Head, elevation gain is moderate.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bluff Head

Bluff Head is the highest point in Guilford; there are sheer cliffs 500 ft. high. It provides views to the east, south to Long Island Sound and north to Durham. More than 500 acres are now owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. This includes the cliffs, Meyerhuber Pond and a hay field located at Rt. 77 and Great Hill Rd. There is also a ... More

2. Rocklands

Rocklands is a 649 acre perserve owned by the Town of Madison. Parking at Renee's Way. Follow red blaze downhill, then right around Coan Pond (white blaze), Follow yellow blaze north, then red blaze south-west. Follow Crooked Hill Rd (yellow blaze) downhill, cross Mattabesset Trail. Cross a swampy area, then take the boundary trail (orange... More

3. East River Meadows

This is part of East Woods, owned by the Town of Guilford. Entrance off Goose Lane at intersection of Half Mile Rd. Turn onto Bearhouse Hill Rd. (dirt) and drive down 100 yards and park before bridge over East River. Walk over bridge (closed to cars) and turn south on the Menunkatuck Trail (blue rectange blaze). The Menunkatuck Trail is also part... More

4. Munger Brook

Munger Brook is an 32 acre undeveloped property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. Access at end of Indian Meadows Dr. in Guilford. There are no marked trails. At the circle, head north to left of house at the end. After entering the woods, search for a old forest road that runs along the ridge to the right of the brook. It... More

5. West Woods South

West Woods is a 1200 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Guilford, Cockaponset State Forest and private owners. It has over 39 miles of hiking trails managed by the GLCT. Start at junction of Water St. and Sam Hill Rd. Follow the White Circle Trail at first parallel the railroad tracks, then turn north with ... More

6. West Woods West

West Woods is a 1200 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Guilford, Cockaponset State Forest and private owners. It has over 39 miles of hiking trails managed by the GLCT. Start on Moose Hill Rd, parking available. Blue square trail east 0.15 miles. South on Violet Circle Trail along a ridge, about 0.6 mile ... More

7. West Woods East

West Woods is a 1200 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Guilford, Cockaponset State Forest and private owners. It has over 39 miles of hiking trails managed by the GLCT. The trail starts on Dunk Rock Rd. entrance where there is a snall parking area. Take the Green Squares Trail west, then north on Orange... More

8. Mica Ledges

Park at end of Cream Pot Rd. Follow the unimproved road blazed blue with a red dot 0.3 miles to reach the Mattabesett Trail. The Trail blazed in blue turns west off the road and starts to ascend steeply. At a large boulder called the Pyramind, take the orange blazed trail which climbs the ridge, travels along the ridge and then descends to a pond ... More

9. Kampmeyer Preserve

Kampmeyer Preserve is a 95 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. It can be accessed at the end of Laurel Hollow Rd. Entrance at end of Laurel Hollow Rd. Follow yellow diamond blazes. The trail goes up and down low ridges with swamps in the lowlands. At 0.4 miles, it crosses a large swamp on a boardwalk. At. 0.5 miles there ... More

10. Timberlands North

Timberlands is a 600 acre propery owned by the Town of Guilford. Start at the parking lot on Rt. 80. Head south on the White rectangle trail (also part of the Menunkatuck Trail and the new New England Trail). At 0.4 miles, follow the Red Rectangle trail south (Menunkatuck Trail) when it splits off from the White Rectangle Trail until it reaches... More

11. Timberlands South

Timberlands is a 600 acre property owned by the Town of Guilford. Start at the parking at the dam on Upper Guilford Lake (Lakeside Dr.) Walk over the dam and up the hill on Lakeside Dr. Turn north on dirt road and enter the woods north (white rectangle blaze). The trail goes up and then down a hill. The Menunkatuck Trail, part of the New England ... More

12. Braemore Preserve

Braemore Preserve is a 95 acre property owned by the Town of Guilford. The trail entrance is on Rt. 77 where there is parking. Follow the Lone Pine Trail east (blazed with orange circle in a blue rectangle) through a meadow. The trail enters the woods and climbs a steep ridge. Just past a large set of rocks, the Ridge Trail (blazed red rectange)... More

13. Nutplains Woods

Nutplains Woods is a 98 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. Entrance on Cindy between 2 houses (look for Guilford Land Trust sign on left). Enter woods and turn left on White trail. It takes you up and along a ridge heading north. Look for the tulip trees off to the right. Coming down from the ridge, there is an... More

14. East River Preserve

This is part of East Woods owned by the Town of Guilford. Entrance on Clapboard Hill Rd. just past bridge over East River. The marked trail winds around a marsh on the East River, crosses Duck Hole Rd., winds through woods and ends in a beautiful set of open meadows. Along the way are views of the East River. The Menunketuck Trail, part of the... More

15. West Woods North

West Woods is a 1200 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Guilford, Cockaponset State Forest and private owners. It has over 39 miles of hiking trails managed by the GLCT. The entrance to this trail is on Peddlers Rd. just past Denison Dr. There is a parking lot. Follow the white circle trail through an... More

16. Audubon Salt Marsh Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary was established by the Connecticut Aububon Society to protect the vital salt marshes of the East River. There is a 1.3 mile nature trail to view the marshes.

17. County Rd Fields

County Rd Fields is a 25 acre set of fields owned by the Guulford Land Conservation Trust. One can park at the Shoreline Outdoor Center and walk west along the road to enter the property to the south. There are no marked trails.

18. Hoadley Creek Preserve

Hoadley Creek Preserve is a 14 acre propery ownd by the Branford Land Trust on the Guilford town line.

19. East River Woodlands

East River Woodlands is owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust on the Madison town line.

20. Spencer Creek

Spencer Creek is an 11 acre property of the Guilford Land Conservation Trust that borders both the West River and Spencer Creek with extensive views of the salt marsh. Follow the red diamond blazes.

21. Dudley Barrows Woods

Dudley Barrows Woods is a Guilford Land Conservation Trust property. There is a red and white blazed trail with entrances at both the Dudley Farm and Hoop Pole Rd.

22. Broomstick Ledges

Broomstick Ledges is a 141 acre property owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust to protect a portion of the Mattabesset Trail east of Bluff Head. Start at the parking lot on Rt. 77 for Bluff Head. Cross the road heading east on the Mattabesett Trail (blue rectangle blazes). The trail ascends and desends steeply across several ridges. At... More

23. Sugarloaf Recreation Area

Sugarloaf Recreation Area is a property of the Regional Water Authority and can be used by permit only. The property consists of two rounded hill that resemble brown sugar loaves. The trails are not in good shape and there are numerous trees down blocking the trails. Starting at the parking lot, follow the white blazed trail south, roughly... More

24. Mettabesett Trail to start of Menunkatuck Trail South to Rt. 80

To hike the northern section of the new Menunkatuck Trail (part of the New England Trail), start on Rt. 77 in Guilford, the trail head for Bluff Head. Followed the Mattabesett Trail east (across the street from the parking lot, blazed with blue rectangles) into Broomstick Ledges. In this section, there is much up and down as you cross the folded... More

25. Menunkatuck Trail (Timberlands Section)

The trailhead is located on Rt. 80 at a sizable parking lot. Head south across the road. The Menunkatuck Trail utilizes various trails in Timberlands (white, yellow, red and green blazes). The Trail is clearly marked with blue rectangles. Follow south on easy level trails until it dips toward Upper Guilford Lake. There is a nice point of land... More

26. Menunkatuck Trail (south)

The trail reaches North Madison Rd. 0.7 miles east of Guilford Lakes bridge. The trail followed North Madison Rd. east for several hundred yards, then turns south. It threads between two housing developments, crosses Willow Rd., briefly goes through Nutplains Woods (GLCT) and then into East River Preserve (town of Guilford). The trail enters... More

27. Mettabesett Trail to Totoket Mountain

This is a section of the Mattabesett Trail. The trailhead is Stagecoach Rd.,half mile east of Rt. 17. The trail ascends, at first gradually and then steeply to the ridge of Totoket Mountain. At the junction with the Lone Pine Trail, take a left on Lone Pine and end at the stone wall where the towns of North Branford, Guilford and Durham meet. ... More

28. Menukatuck Trail (road section in Guilford)

This is the extension of the Menunkatuck Trail south from the East River Preserve. The trail follows paved road down Clapboard Hill Rd., Tanner Marsh Rd., Boston St., Whitfield St. and Seaside Ave. to Chittenden Park.