Mattabessett Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Middletown, CT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Really great hike. Gave me a good workout. I just wish it had better scenic views.
This review includes the Mattabessett Trail as well as the Seven Falls Loop and Bear Hill Loop. These 3 trails intertwine to make a very interesting and sometimes challenging hike. We started our hike at the Bear Hill Road.Trailhead. Parking is extremely limited so get there early. Although most of the trail is dog friendly, there were several areas where scrambling was involved so would be tough to do with a dog. My grandson and I had to cross some powerlines on the trail at the beginning of the hike. The utility company had a construction zone there and were busy drilling for installation of new poles. This confused us at first as they were blocking where the trail leaves the woods and crosses open ground. It took us several minutes to pick up the trail again as we made our way around the construction. June was the perfect time to hike this trail as we found ourselves hiking through floral tunnels where the mountain laurel tangled together over the trail creating scenes fit for wedding pictures. Most of the trails were moderate in difficulty. As previously mentioned, there were a few areas that definitely earned the (Hard) rating. Today, the woods were teeming with wildlife. We encountered many chipmunks, squirrels, a deer, baby fishercat , and a 4 foot Eastern Rat Snake. That last one really got our attention. See photos. There is a nice shady picnic area at the base of the Seven Falls Trail,near Saybrook Road, where there is a picturesque brook. It is a pleasant place to enjoy lunch. Doing the three trails together was a good work-out and a fun day.
Easy trail that is lots of fun