New Haven, CT: Kettletown State Park Loop

Climb miles up to viewpoints over the cool waters of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar on this 3.8-mile loop through Kettletown State Park.
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Climb miles up to viewpoints over the cool waters of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar on this 3.8-mile loop through Kettletown State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.7

Waypoints

KTL001

Location: 41.4285507202148, -73.2035369873047

L onto Pomperaug Trail to begin ascent

KTL002

Location: 41.4237098693848, -73.199836730957

Turn L, traversing N ridge of Hulls Hill on the Pomperaug Trail. Note outcrops of tilled rocks left by ancient glaciers

KTL003

Location: 41.4174003601074, -73.1960296630859

After ascent, take in partial views through forest over valley

KTL004

Location: 41.4149894714356, -73.1965026855469

L down Pomperaug Trail for 300-foot descent to Housatonic shoreline

KTL005

Location: 41.4116706848144, -73.1949234008789

Shores of Lake Zoar, 5th largest in CT, framed by rising bluffs of Paugussett State Forest to W; return to WPT 4 and head L up ridgeline on blue/white Crest Trail

KTL006

Location: 41.4180107116699, -73.1996307373047

Pause for clearest vantage across lake created by Stevenson Dam (c. 1919), then follow bending
ridgeline N

KTL007

Location: 41.4236793518066, -73.2007904052734

Turn L for steep descent on blue-blazed spur trail

KTL008

Location: 41.4224815368652, -73.2035217285156

Turn R and hike up road through campground

KTL009

Location: 41.4235992431641, -73.2047119140625

SContinue S past service building toward campground road on unmarked trail

KTL010

Location: 41.4243507385254, -73.2055969238281

R on road along inlet of Housatonic River

KTL011

Location: 41.4247817993164, -73.2058334350586

Turn L off road and then make a quick R onto unnamed trail that leads up Kettletown Brook back to trailhead