Hiking & Trails

Wondering about the trail network present in Somers?  
 
 
The Somers Recreation Department would like to thank the dedicated organizations and passionate volunteers including the Northern Connecticut Land Trust and Somers Open Space & Trails Committee for their tremendous efforts in the preservation and maintenance of the trail networks outlined below.
 
 
 
Bald Mountain 

Length: 1.25 miles. Trail Map                                                                         

Difficulty : Moderate                                                                                    
 
Overview: This loop includes sections of challenging, steep terrain.  Where the trail splits approximately 1/8 mile from the parking area, take the left fork for a more gradual climb or the right fork for a steeper, more direct route to the summit.  The summit of Bald Mountain is 1,121 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest point in Somers. Although this is the only maintained and marked trail on the mountain, many unmarked trails exist along the ridge to the north and on the west side of the mountain offering the possibility of a longer hike. Complete Trail Description.

Access: To reach the trailhead, follow Rte. 190 east 2 miles from the center of Somers to Randell Road. Turn left on Randell, then Left on Lance and right on County Road. The small parking area is located on the left just past 159 County Road.                      

Allowed Uses : Non-motorized trail open to everyone during daylight hours

NOTE: Hunting is allowed on adjacent state land so please wear bright clothing and use caution during hunting season.

 
Forest View North and South
 

Length: 1.2 miles. Total distance from Whitaker Woods parking area to summit of Soapstone: 3.2 miles. 
Trail Map
 
Difficulty: Moderate

Overview: The Forest View Trail connects the Northern Connecticut Land Trust’s (NCLT) Whitaker Woods property on Wells Road in Somers to trails on Soapstone Mountain with access to the summit.  Complete Trail Description

Access: Although the trail crosses Mountain View Road, it is not recommended that hikers park there due to limited parking and poor sight lines for cars coming down Mountain View Road. Better options are to park at Whitaker Woods and hike uphill to Soapstone Mountain with a car spotted at the upper or lower Shenipsit State Forest Soapstone parking areas off Gulf Road, or an up and back hike from Whitaker Woods.

Allowed Uses: Hikers & Horse riders
 
 
Scantic Riparian Area 
 

Length: 0.5 miles. 

Difficulty: Easy

Overview: NCLT’s Scantic Riparian Area Nature Preserve is located off of Durkee Road in Somers and is open to the public for walking or horseback riding. It is an outstanding location for birding and there is also beaver activity in the area with a beaver dam and at least one lodge. The former loop trail along the river is closed due to periodic flooding as well as a broken footbridge. A walk of about a half mile along the powerline maintenance road leads past cattail marshes. Complete Trail Description.

Access: Park under the powerline tower on Durkee Road just west of the Scantic River bridge. Walk around the locked gate across the road to access the area.

Allowed Uses: Hiking and horse riding.  Due to the large bird population please leave Fido at home when visiting the area.

 
Skyline Scenic Area 
 
 

Length: 1.5 mile loop.  

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Overview: The Skyline Scenic Area offers a 1.5 mile trail loop with a broad, panoramic view across the Connecticut River Valley on clear days from the scenic overlook. The trail is well-marked with yellow plastic diamonds. The shortest way to the lookout point is to the left from the parking area. This half mile section, known as the Ledge Trail, includes a steep, rocky section that may be treacherous when wet, snow covered, or icy. To the right from the parking area is the much easier, mile-long section leading to the same lookout. Complete Trail Description.

Access: The small Skyline Scenic Area parking area is located on the north side of Stafford Road about 0.2 miles west of the intersection with Root Road. It is not plowed in the winter.

Allowed Uses: Non-motorized trail open to hikers

 
Whitaker Woods  
 

Length: A total of almost five miles of trails have been built which create the opportunity for several loop hikes of various length and difficulty. Trail Map 

Difficulty: Varying from easy to moderate

Overview: Whitaker Woods is a unique 266 acre property in the center of Somers that is pristinely maintained. The land is characterized by a variety of terrain with the network of trails taking you past stonewalls, over brooks, through stands of mature white pine, and across open fields.  The main trail is the Old Forest Loop which starts and ends at the Wells Road parking area. This 1.8 mile long trail follows old woods roads for almost its entire length with steady climbs to its highest elevation at the top of the loop whether walked clockwise or counterclockwise. All the other trails are accessed from the Old Forest Loop, branching off at various points. Complete Trail Description.

Access: Parking lot near 80 Wells Rd.

Allowed Uses: No motorized vehicles. Hikers are asked to keep dogs leashed and under control at all times. All trails except the Overhill Trail and Under Hill Trail are also open to horses and riders.

 
Land Owner : Northern Connecticut Land Trust
 
 Camp Aya Po
 

Length: 1 mile to 1.6 miles. Trail Map

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Overview: Camp AyaPo consists of 178 acres formerly owned by the YWCA and purchased by the town of Somers in 2014.  There are several trails located on the property – one that encompasses Hurds Lake and others leading to the summit of Perkins Mountain. Complete Trail Description.

Access: Take Route 190 to Battle Street just east of the Route 190 intersection with Route 83. After several miles, Battle Street turns into Mountain Road. Remain on Mountain Road and take a left on Camp Road and look for the parking area on the left. 

Allowed Uses: This property is open during daylight hours for non-motorized passive recreation activities both on the trails and on the water. All trails except the Lakeside Trail are multiuse trails open to equestrians and mountain bikers as well as hikers.

Hurds Lake can be used for fishing and limited kayak or canoe use. A small boat ramp is located at the west end of the dam. There is no lifeguard on duty and visitors swim at their own risk.

 
McCann Family Farm

Length: 1.95 miles to 3.0 miles. Trail Map

Difficulty: Easy

Overview: The popular beautiful, hilly, 84 acre McCann Family Farm stretches from near the center of Somers on Route 190 up the northwestern slopes of Soapstone Mountain. Two marked trails are maintained as well as several unmarked paths. The 1.95 Shady Brook Trail (blue diamonds) stays in the northern 2/3 of the property, while the 3.0 mile Jerry Stage Trail (yellow diamonds) visits the southern boundary area. Complete Trail Description.

Access: The entrance and parking area are located on the south side of Route 190  about 0.7 miles east of the light at Rt. 83 or 0.5 miles west of the light at Gulf Road. 

Allowed Uses: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. No motorized vehicles or horses are allowed. The parking area is plowed following winter storms to allow access for passive winter recreation activities.
 

Land Owner Northern Connecticut Land Trust
 
 

SOMERSVILLE MILL TRAIL

Length: 1 mile from mill site to Bailey Road parking area.  Trail Map.

Difficulty: Easy

Overview: This trail offers a pleasant walk along the Scantic River starting at the Somersville Mill site and following the south side of the river into Enfield where it connects to a Connecticut DEEP trail and continues to the Scantic River State Park parking area on Bailey Road.  The trail is marked with yellow diamonds and follows along the river bank for much of its length. At the far end be sure to take time to look at the ruins of the dam and canal which supplied water for the Powder Hollow munitions factory.

Access: A small parking area is located at the site of the former Somersville Mill on Maple Street just past the south end of the Scantic River bridge. The trail can also be accessed from a DEEP parking area on the north side of Bailey Road off Rte. 191 in Enfield.

 
 
If you have questions or comments about the trail network in Somers, please contact Somers Recreation Department at recreation@somersct.gov.
 
 
 
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