Seven Fall, Bear Hill, and Mattabessett Trail

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Dart Island State Park

Seven Fall, Bear Hill, and Mattabessett Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Middletown, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,295 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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nature trips

bird watching

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muddy
1 day ago

Nice hike. Didn’t bring enough water on a day like today. No bugs which was nice. Muddy in some spots.

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rocky
10 days ago

I enjoyed this trail, although there are no views there are a nice variety of terrain and foliage. I definitely wouldn’t rate it as hard. There is one short tricky spot (scramble) but most of it is very easy. Mileage on here isn’t accurate it’s 9.3 mi. We finished at about 3.5 hours. Definitely wear boots and pants as it’s muddy and lots of prickers.

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muddy
11 days ago

Great trail, very pretty along the way. A bit muddy in some parts, only saw a few other hikers which was nice, not crowded.

Great Hike! Well marked trail. Great views in the beginning, cool man made rock formation.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with the wife. I would rate this as moderate not hard. It came out to 9 miles not 8.4. Took 3hrs and 33 min. Highly recommend this trail.

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flooded
muddy
25 days ago

Great trail for sure! It’s just muddy season so it’s a swampy time. Just make site you have water proof sneakers/hiking boots on.

Interesting trail. First 2 miles most difficult. Very muddy towards mile 4. Boulders under power line difficult for dogs.

Really fun trail! We recorded the hike at 9.1 miles. A little muddy here and there but the hike itself is really nice and clearly marked.

Good variation in elevation. On a clear day you can catch a glimpse of the Connecticut River in the distance. Consider starting at Aviation Road instead of Saybrook Road. Recommend.

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rocky
1 month ago

Very well marked, super fun hike!

Really enjoyed this hike, only saw a couple people out there which was good for social distancing. Not all of it was hard but definitely a few steep rocks to climb up/down

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muddy
scramble
1 month ago

Pretty forest hike with a few light scrambles and some easy stream crossings.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Parking area was quite busy, but throughout the 9.3 miles that I logged, I didn’t see anyone. This is a true Connecticut forest hike, with endless Mountain Laurel. There’s different patches of forest heavy with beech trees, eastern pine, junipers, and pitch pines. There’s a huge variety of mosses and lichen that kept me oddly entertained. More Gray Reindeer Lichen here than anywhere I’ve seen recently. Trails are marked well, some intersect throughout so don’t just assume you know where you’re going. I traveled clockwise around the loop, just staying left at any intersections I ran into, for the most part. There’s easy stream crossings here and there and a great waterfall section near the parking area.

What a beautiful and well marked trail. The beginning sections are better marked, but overall, easy to find markers. The trail crisscrosses itself a bunch, which can be a little confusing if not paying attn, but generally not a big deal.

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