Trail running isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a skill that many runners acquire when seeking something more exciting than running on the roadways. These trail running spots in Connecticut will challenge all levels of runners, while affording them beautiful views in the great outdoors.
Spanning across 3,000 acres, the West Hartford Reservoirs offer some of the most beautiful woodland hikes in the state of Connecticut. There are several loop trails in the area, extending anywhere from two to 3.5 miles. This is a perfect picturesque trek for any trail runner.
Featuring a 2.6-mile looped trail recommended for experienced runners used to moderate-to-strenuous runs, Devil’s Hopyard State Park provides gorgeous scenery as well. Runners will pass a stunning waterfall. The trail is open year-round.
The trail at Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve is rated for moderate to advanced runners. There is lots of uneven, rocky footing. The views are spectacular along this run, however, featuring vertical cliff faces close at hand and the Central Connecticut region in the distance.
Talcott Mountain State Park affords a great view of the Farmington River. As runners ascend the mountain, they will view New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock in the distance. Intermediate runners will love the full run. Beginners typically engage in the first 1.25 mile-run to the Heublein Tower.
An old rail trail that once transported passengers from New York to Boston, Airline State Park Trail is now a favorite among trail runners. The views are part of what draws people there, and the trail is popular among beginner trail runners. Check the website for where to park in the different towns and cities that have access to the trail.