Hiker Brian Thomas summed up the experience of his trip along Compounce Ridge nicely after a recent hike. “This lead is earned, not given,” he says. “You earn every tenth of a mile on this trail.”
The 4.6-mile Compounce Ridge Trail — an offshoot of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Tunxis Trail — hugs the eastern edge of the 954-foot Compounce Mountain in Southington. Although hikers never ascend the mountain, the journey is quite rugged and challenging with the trail’s 1,300-foot elevation gain above Lake Compounce, the oldest operating amusement park in North America.