The Deer Run Trail to META Trail at Sunrise Park in Suffield, Connecticut is a moderate 3-mile out-and-back hike that features a vista point and includes a hike along the Metacomet Trail.
This hike begins at the main parking lot at Sunrise Park and first follows the Deer Run Trail. The Deer Run Trail is a fairly steep trail that leads up the mountain and connects to the Metacomet Trail. Further down the Metacomet Trail is a beautiful lookout point of the valley. Deer Run follows green blazes up the mountain that connects to the Metacomet Trail (blue blazes). The hike up to the Metacomet Trail is approximately 0.75-miles from the parking lot, but the steep climb may take some hikers longer than expected.
Once at the junction with the Metacomet Trail, take a left-hand turn to follow the blue blazes to the lookout point. When you get to the lookout point there is a logbook with notes from other people who have enjoyed the trail previously - feel free to sign the logbook.
This trail is very popular during the summertime due to the vista point, but is open all year.
To reach the vista, hikers must plan on a 3-mile out-and-back hike. Please refer to the map to find the lookouts.
Hikers can find parking at the coordinates provided. The lot is large enough to fit a couple dozen cars.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker. Off-leash areas are available, including a spot by the pond where dogs are permitted to swim.
Pond, playground, and pavilion.