Easy Walk to Moderate Hike
The Blue Trail is a remnant of the Old Naugatuck Trail. Dirt trail and gravel areas are prominent. Most of the trails have some land bridges or boardwalk crossings.
Total distance of all trails is approximately 4.5. miles.
Park behind the church’s meeting house.
Blue and Blue/Yellow Trail: 0.64miles. Hard Hike/ Difficult Climb. The blue trail starts off on a gentle slope through RWA land and ascends up over the mountain. About 0.25 miles climb up rocky terrain almost 300 ft. Red Trail: 1 mile. Easy Hike. Minor slopes. Can be both wet and dry.
Total distance of all trails is approximately 2.43 miles.
Park in the field adjacent to the historic Darling House.
Easy Hike The Bishop West Trail has a slow rise in elevation. The trail twists and turns through hemlocks and mountain laurel. Mostly a high and dry hike. Total Trails Length: Approx. 1.3 miles.
Park in the field adjescent to the historic Darling House.
Easy or Difficult hike
The Bladen’s Brook and Russell Swamp trails are a leisurely hike. The Round Hill trail, alternatively, offers more of a challenge. Total Trails Length: Approx. 1.4 mile
The parking lot is directly on Route 67.
Easy to Hard Hike The trail system at Elderslie Preserve offers a varying degree of difficulty. The Red trail is an easy walk, the Yellow trail is a moderate hike, the Orange trail is a hard hike and the Blue trail begins as an easy hike in the south and becomes more difficult. Total trails distance is approx. 3.75 miles
The lot entrance is difficult to spot.
Moderate to Hard Hikes on White, Blue, Red, and Yellow Trails
The trails lead north through historic Indian Lands. Many arrowheads, spearpoints, and artifacts have been found here. It is believed that there is an Indian burial ground somewhere in the vicinity. Total trails distance is approx. 2.5 miles
Easy Hike The Nature Trail has two loops (pink and blue). The trail guides are generally posted at the farm information map located in the parking area, and the trailhead.
Park in the parking area provided between the house and the dairy barn. Overflow parking is available along Ford St, perpendicular to the farm house. Respect farm manager’s residential privacy.
Easy walk to Moderate Hike.
The trail runs along a paved road at the northern and through some wet river areas to some waterfalls. Continues through Alice Newton Street Memorial Park (Private) owned by the Woodbridge Park Association into some town owned land where these is a pavillion as well as Kimberly and Sandra Hitchcock Memorial Playground, a small children play park. Trail length is approx. 2.0 miles
There are multiple trail heads but its easiest to park in the town center to access these trails.
The trail winds through residential development with 28’ corridor, some open space, across race brook stream, to another paved road to powerlines. Connects with Indian Trails. Can be wet in some areas. Total trail length is approx. 0.75 miles
With multiple trail heads the best parking is at the Fitzgerald tract.
One of the largest open space sites is the Racebrook Tract with 230 acres in Orange and 181 acres in Woodbridge. Four blazed trails meander across fairly level land, passing through mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of white pines. A handicapped accessible trail leads from the northeast corner of the parking area. The paved asphalt trail slopes to a boardwalk that makes a loop over the wetlands within the brooks floodplain. Total trails distance is approx. 3.61 miles
Alternatively, park in the main lot in Orange and hike to the Woodbridge sections.
Regional Water Authority Trails
Regional Water Authority “RWA” trails require the purchase of an RWA Recreation Permit. Those can be purchased here.
Easy to Moderate Hike
The RWA land that falls Amity Road (Route 63) and Dillon Road in Woodbridge offers easy to moderate hiking difficulties along with a connection to Lake Chamberlain Trails. Total trail length is approx. 1.89 miles.
Roadside parking on Dillon Road or the nearby Blue Trail Dr.
Wide Range of Trail Difficulties
A Regional Water Authority (RWA) Recreation Area. The West River and its tributary, the Sargent River, flow through the valley west of West Rock Ridge. Five reservoirs were created between 1889 and 1925 on these rivers to form the West River water supply system. Originally constructed in 1890, Lake Chamberlain was enlarged in 1958 to over five times its original size. Total trail distance is approx. 7.5 miles
Hike, jog or cross country ski the Regional Water Authority’s Pine Hill Trail System. You will find varied terrain and features: Seasonally wet to rocky and steep to relatively flat. You will traverse through mixed aged forests ranging from wetland species to dry ridge species. There is evidence of past agricultural use and timber and fuel harvesting. Total trails length is approx. 3.31miles