Hike the Salmon River Trail, CT

Old Comstock Bridge - Search Nearby - Added by Tiffany Young

From horse trekking, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, camping and more... Salmon River State Forest/Day Pond State Park is a fantastic recreational area during every season! This hikes features forest area, historic landmarks, scenic outlooks, and a spur to Day Pond Brook Falls.

There are many ways to do this trail (following the blue blaze and blue/red blaze for spur to waterfall):

  • From the Day Pond (Google Day Pond in Colchester and there will be brown signs that will direct you towards the Day Pond Parking Lot when you get close,)
    • Do the loop, 5.4 miles
    • Out & Back to the falls (Northern Loop), ~ 4 miles
    • Loop + Out & Back to Old Comstock Bridge, 7.4 miles
  • From the Old Comstock Bridge (Google Old Comstock Bridge in Colchester. You'll pull into Bridge St. where you're basically parking in a neighborhood right next to the bridge over Salmon River. The neighbors were very nice the first time I went and gave directions!)
    • Out & Back to the falls (Northern Loop), ~ 6 miles
    • Loop + Out & Back to Old Comstock Bridge, 7.4 miles

Your options mainly depends on your time! I appreciate the extra hike from the Old Comstock Bridge for it's historic values, scenic outlook over the river, and elevation gain so I usually go from the bridge end.

During the fall season, Day Pond Brook Falls usually tends to be dry, but nevertheless, still gorgeous! It's a really interesting trail with lots to experience.

And because maps are awesome, here is a detailed trail map!

Enjoy the hike and tell me all about it!

P.S. I threw in rock climbing in the activities sections for bouldering. During the Southern Loop, there is a massive boulder I found to be pretty good for all those interested. It may be pretty far in to carry a mat, but for those who are interested and still like to play around, this is a little reminder :)

P.P.S. In case some people are really into the elevation gain, I am unsure on it as I have never recorded my own. Looking at many other recordings, it ranges from 600-1000 feet.

Distance

7.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

770 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Rock Climbing, Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Swimming, Hiking

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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