Mattabesett and Mount Higby Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Middlefield, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

8.9 miles
1,719 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers



no dogs

23 days ago

One of my favorite hikes !... this hike will not disappoint !! ... great look out points

2 months ago

Beautiful adventure...striking views and great work out with steep hills and rocks. Loved it!!!

3 months ago

Great place of adventure. Lot of up n down parts to make the hike a solid workout as well

4 months ago

Not great and you can hear the highway the whole time.

5 months ago

I just went on this trail for the first time with my 14y/o son and it was really fun. There are several beautiful views once you reach the western ledge of Mt. Higby. There are some steep areas to navigate and other trails that u can use on the way back to get a different view. I highly recommend this hiking trail!

5 months ago

Greatly enjoyed this hike. The view was amazing to see

6 months ago

Nice views, good uphill walk. But noisy road traffic.

7 months ago

If this is a top 10 in Connecticut then I’d hate to see what the rest of the hiking trails have to offer. First of all, I’m not so sure that I’d call this moderate as it’s quite easy. Also, what the trail information fails to mention is that the trail overlooks a busy area with loads of roads, etc so you really don’t feel like you’ve gotten out in nature for most of the hike.

7 months ago

Went last fall. Great hike and view!

7 months ago

Nice hike, saw 2 eagles in flight on the cliffs, I would come back again.

7 months ago

Mt Higby is one of the best hikes that i have ever done especially because of the scenic views from the top and the hike trial itself. Awesome one...

8 months ago

I like this one because the trail is along the cliffs so you get the feeling of being high up most of the time.

10 months ago

It is a very cold winter day, I will be returning in warmer weather . There was a lot of ice today and the trails weren’t marked that well, went off the trail a bit. Didn’t get too far into the trail but the views we did get to see were nice .

11 months ago

Monday, October 23, 2017

This was a very enjoyable trail with spectacular views of the rocks and cliffs. Some of the trails do go near the edges of the cliffs but there is an alternate trail right behind most of them a few more feet in. Definitely looking forward to visiting again.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Monday, October 09, 2017

Couldn't be more enjoyable. Nice views most of the way. Looking forward to the possibilities in winter

Monday, October 09, 2017

Couldn't be more enjoyable. Nice views most of the way. Looking forward to the possibilities in winter

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Easily one of my favorite local hikes, I've returned to this trail time and again over the years. It's an in and out trail so you need only go as far as you feel on any particular day. Great views from the top and many places from which to relax and enjoy them!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fun Hike. Wish there was a loop to make of it though. Next time Might come through the Higby Road trail-head though. From the Higby Road lot, there is a Red/Blue trail that will take you to the blue trail.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gorgeous views! If you hear gun shots, don't be alarmed, apparently the police shooting range is near the trail and you can see it from the top!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beware of salamanders! And ten thousand slippery rocks! Deer, wild turkeys and salamanders. Some nice scenic vistas...some powerlines and a shooting range below. would like to have connected with the mattabassett that's by black pond...too busy with traffic at crossing 66

Friday, March 24, 2017

A nice patch of woods in a semi-industrial area. See my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Fun hike with great views

Monday, December 12, 2016

Very nice views from the top, a few short scrambles, quite a few spots where the trail is 1-2 ft from sheer drop so caution etc

Saturday, November 19, 2016

definitely good for a view. alot of vertical climbing and rocks to make your way through. didn't find any landmarks. I like to hike to a location, and explore old historical places if the hike allows. Was proud to summit after the effort though!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A decent workout. A little bit of scrambling from time to time. The effort is well worth it, with some amazing panoramic views at the top of the mountain about three-quarters of a mile into the trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Been hiking this trail for years it's a good one with great views and a nice moderate trail

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love this hike. Good workout climb to a fantastic view. There's a few peaks with pretty overlooks. On a good rainy spring there's a beautiful waterfall. If doing the whole hike this trail leads to the Chauncey peak hike off country club road in Middletown. It's a great workout hike.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Awsome views, great teail.

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