Devil's Den Preserve

Hiking in Gold Coast

The Nature Conservancy's largest property in Connecticut at just over 1700 acres, Devil's Den was once a key charcoal production area, but now its 20 miles of rocky trails delight hikers of all skill levels. It's about 10 miles southeast of Ridgefield proper.

A nice easy turn is around the Laurel Trail loop, which comes full circle back to the parking lot after just 1 mile if you follow the Laurel Trail's yellow blazes, then turn left at the Harrison Trail, then again at the junction 28 Harrison Trail sign, then left again at the red/white blazed Pent Trail sign to arrive safely back. It's an easy hike which takes about 30 minutes.

A slightly longer and more scenic hike is following the Laurel Trail to the red and white blazes of the Godfrey Trail, which undulates over sometimes rocky and sometimes tree-root covered footpaths to arrive at Godfrey Pond, which was once used to power a sawmill: the old machinery is still there. This a moderate hike of 1.5 miles which should take only an hour if you circle the pond, but do take the time to stop and enjoy the scenery.