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Black Hog Brewery Hiking Trail via the Larkin Bridle Trail, Oxford CT

Posted by Brian Krilivsky - EXCURSIONS Journey to Health on

Hiking – Biking Trail to the Black Hog Brewing Co. in Oxford, CT from the Larkin Bridle Trail.   Click the video below for a taste of the trail. 

The Larkin Bridle Trail is 10.3 miles that follows an old railroad trail through the four towns of Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Southbury. The trail is open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding and cross country skiing. The Black Hog Brewing Co. has a short side trail that connects to the Bridle Trail. Food trucks are usually there on Saturdays and you can check out the Black Hog Brewing Company’s Website for a schedule of food trucks and events.

The Bridle trail offers numerous starting points for either a short or lengthy excursion to the brewery. Some common starting points are:

Starting from Rt. 188/strongtown Rd Parking Lot: (Distance to Black Hog Brewing Co. approximately 1 mile)

A common starting point is from the Rt 188/Strongtown Rd parking lot (Click Here for Google Map Parking Directions) which offers ample parking. The distance is only 0.91 miles to the Black Hog Trail and then the Black Hog Trail is only about 1/10 of a mile(a short walk to quench your thirst!) so you are looking at a 1 mile hike to the brewery. From the parking lot head on the trail toward Pope Rd(about .8 miles), cross over Pope Rd and start looking for the Black Hog Logo on the Tree marking the side trail(It will be on your left hand side at about .91 miles). (during summer there was also a wooden sign indicating the trail but this was not there in the winter).  Overall round trip from RT 188 to black hog brewery and back is about 2 miles.

Starting at the Riggs St. Parking Lot: (Distance to Black Hog Brewing Co. approximately 2.58 miles)

For a longer hike or bike try entering the bridle trail from Riggs St.(Click Here for Google Map Parking Directions) entrance. Head toward Christian St.  Pass over Christian St(1.3 miles), then proceed 0.8 miles across Hawley Rd, and at the 2.48 mile marker look for the Black Hog Logo on the tree(it will be on your right hand side). A decent hike to work up a good appetite and thirst! (you will need to download both trail maps below Map 1 and Map 2 as these maps overlap the area)

For other starting points and detail maps of the bridle trail see these maps…

Map 1 Oxford-Southbury (the brewery trail is located inbetween Pope Rd and Hawley Rd, on the map the trail is not indicated but it is around the 0.5 mile maker on the map)

Map 2 Middlebury-Naugatuck-Oxford

Enjoy the excursion! Our favorites at the brewery are the Granola Brown Ale and the Coffee Milk Stout, you must try them!

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