New Haven: Bluff Point Loop

Explore one of the last undeveloped shorelines in Connecticut on this 6.2-mile hike through Bluff Point Coastal Preserve.
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Explore one of the last undeveloped shorelines in Connecticut on this 6.2-mile hike through Bluff Point Coastal Preserve.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.8

Waypoints

OLS001

Location: 41.3358116149902, -72.0333633422852

Head S on gravel path

OSL002

Location: 41.3340606689453, -72.0319290161133

L @ Y, heading up wooded hillside

OSL003

Location: 41.322380065918, -72.0317611694336

Pass crumbling stone walls of the home of John Winthrop, Connecticut’s 1st governor; continue S past aptly named Sunset Rock

OSL004

Location: 41.313159942627, -72.0298767089844

Wild shore roses cling to wind-battered headlands @ Mumford Point. Nice views: Seagulls surf winds and boats chug up Long Island Sound

OSL005

Location: 41.3141288757324, -72.0351867675781

Bluff Point: Scan W to see needlelike tip of Orient Point off Long Island

OSL006

Location: 41.3153190612793, -72.0360107421875

Turn L; cross Bluff Point Beach

OSL007

Location: 41.3197708129883, -72.0457763671875

Continue W along tidal fl ats of Poquonock River

OSL008

Location: 41.316291809082, -72.0539779663086

Bushy Point: Take in breaths of fresh air as you enjoy views to Pine and Fishers Islands. Backtrack to WPT 6 and turn L up the peninsula

OSL009

Location: 41.3235397338867, -72.0340805053711

L @ T, bearing N

OSL010

Location: 41.3288307189941, -72.0338973999024

Fog shrouds Poquonock River on cool mornings. Close loop @ WPT 2 and return to trailhead