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Papermill Trail
Fawn Brook Cir & Green Hill Rd, Madison, CT 06443
The Papermill Trail is a nature site located in Madison, and is a Madison Land Conservation Trust Trail. The site hasMore beautiful views for hikers, including the remains of an historic mill, waterfalls, the ambitious work by beavers, stonewalls and other natural views along the Hammonasset River. Parking is roadside by the trailhead. A trail map can be downloaded at the main site, www.madisonlandtrust.org. 
Bailey Trail South
Heatherwood Dr & Concord Dr, Madison, CT 06443
Bailey Trail is a trail system that follows the west bank of the Hammonasset River and is split into north andMore south sections. Bailey Trail South starts at the Georgetown cul-de-sac and follows the river to Summer Hill Road, north of Chestnut Hill Road. Hikers enjoy great views of the river, forests with hemlock, beech, red maple, ash and yellow birch trees and ha istoric lumber mill with remains of its dam and flume. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed at all times. 
Indian Rock Shelters Trail
44 Lake Dr, Madison, CT 06443
Indian Rock Shelters Trail is a nature trail located on Lake Drive in Madison. The 1.2 mile loop contains rock ledgesMore and shallow caves, some of which were once used for shelter by members of the Hammonasset Tribe. The trail is rocky and uneven, hikers are encouraged to wear heavy boots or snowshoes. The trail was the location of the area's annual Groundhog Hike in 2011 and offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas, including the Neck River and Long Island Sound.
Genesee Recreation Area
South of County Road and Route 79, Madison, CT 06443

Just north of the Route 79/Route 80 traffic circle and south of County Road on Route 79 is a series of trails thatMore run through watershed land in Madison and Guilford. Maintained by the Regional Water Authority, the trails are open to permit holders for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and stream fishing. Dogs are not allowed.

So why would someone go to the trouble of paying for a permit and driving all the way to North Madison from surrounding towns, as they often do, to use these trails?  "No dogs," said one hiker from Middletown who uses the trails frequently. "Nothing against dogs, but they can ruin a hike for everyone other than the owners. It's serene here." Thinking about sneaking on to the trails without a permit or with Fido? Think again. The trails are often patrolled by water authority employees checking for permits. Information about how to obtain a permit is available on the Regional Water Authority website.

The 2.3 mile Goat Lot Trail starts at the parking area and connects to Pine Trail, Cooper Lot Trail, Durham Trail, Grandma Hall Trail and Bushwacker Trail. The property provides access to the remains of the mysterious Little Genesee Settlement on the Madison-Guilford border. The settlement may have been a farming community in the late 1700's and early 1800's, and also includes stone structures that may be left over from Native America rituals, according to local lore.