The Quinimay Trail extends from Westbrook to Higganum through the Cockaponset State Forest. Formerly called the Epic Trail in its infancy as a loose network of individual trails, it was officially recognized by the state of Connecticut in 2008. Look for the tan and green plastic multi-use markers placed above the colored trail blazes.
Are dogs, horses, bikes, etc. allowed on the Quinimay Trail?
The Quinimay Trail is a multi-purpose, passive-use trail which means that hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders and mountain bike enthusiasts are all welcome. Motorized vehicles of any kind are not allowed. The trail is monitored by a State Forest Ranger and members of the Connecticut Horse Council’s Volunteer Horse Patrol program. Kindly observe trail etiquette guidelines when encountering others on the trail.
Who maintains the Quinimay Trail?
The Quinimay Trail was conceived by members of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Horsemen’s Club (LCRHVC), in cooperation with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. These two groups continue to maintain and improve the trail along with LCRVHC’s sister organization, the Bridle Path Conservancy. We have built bridges, armored stream crossings and trails, rerouted trails flooded by beaver dams or eroded beyond usability, repaired trails damaged by “mudders” and ATV and dirt bike traffic, and educated other groups about how to share and maintain multi-use trails.
Fun Fact: Quinimay roughly means long path in the Pequot language.