Mattabessett Trail Loop

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Durham, Connecticut

Mattabessett Trail Loop is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Durham, Connecticut that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 662 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

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forest

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Beautiful views of Long Island Sound from the ridge top. Some steep rocky slopes. Several stopping points with great views!

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2 days ago

Great hike!

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6 days ago

Poorly marked trails but the outlooks were pretty nice.

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rocky
19 days ago

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29 days ago

Nice hike. The plan was the hit the red blaze thru micas ledges and connect to the mettabassett blue on the way back. Would have worked but after you cross the bridge the red blaze splits into two trails. Stay left if you want to accomplish what we wanted. We went right and its actually a non blazed trail that connects to the blue but way too early. We followed the blue down and picked up the red back and saw where we went wrong on that junction. Didnt see a single person the whole way.

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6 months ago

Did it today. Took the "forest road" shortcut on the northern loop. Still ended up with 4.33 miles per gps. The return on the northern loop was not done by hiking - it's far off the trails and goes out into space (off a ridge). If you blow it up you can see how far off it is.

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7 months ago

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rocky
10 months ago

This was my first day and I loved it. Trails are well marked even if over grown in spots. I didn't see any water views as someone else mentioned but there are a few scenic viewing spots.

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Sun May 26 2019

Super woodsy. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake. Probably not gonna come back now.

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Sat May 04 2019

We spent most of our time on the Mattabesett Trail and then in the area they call Mica Ledge Preserve. It was a great hike with plenty of views! We had morning rain so some of the downhill rock scrambles were slippery but got a good 3 miles in. We will definitely go back to explore other areas- there are a lot of well marked trails.

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Thu Apr 25 2019

What a little hidden gem this was. Nice little parking lot...follow the rock path to the parking area. Well signed, and no one has vandalized the signs either so that’s a plus. There are many little shortcut trails throughout so pay attention to where you’re going. The blue trail is clearly marked well, the red is ok, but some trails have no markings at all. Good lookout points, neat weaves in and out of the trees, there’s plenty to see. Also no ticks on my dog...that was a pleasant surprise!

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Fri Apr 19 2019

This was a great hike. There are other trails which cross over and share the same path. Stay alert or you may find yourself on another trial. Ample parking at the end of cream pot road. We didn’t see anyone on our 5mile hike. The terrain was a good mix of flats and steep climbs. I’d do it again. The blue trial is extremely well marked however like I said other trails exist so keep your eyes open.so you don’t over shoot your exit trail.

Wed Aug 22 2018

Nice trail to hike. Trails were somewhat confusing. Did not see too much wildlife which i was hoping for but had a nice small lake that I wasn’t aware was there. Looks pretty good for fishing.

Sun Mar 18 2018

Hiked this trail yesterday for a late winter hike. Snow still on the ground but blue skies overhead. Started on the trailhead at cream pot rd and hiked up past pyramid rock on the mica ledges trail. Connected with the blue blazed Mattabesset and circled back. Extremely well marked. Looks like they’ve updated their markings. Some very nice views along the hike. Quiet and peaceful.

Mon Nov 14 2016

Good hike a little confusing lots of cross trails and different ways to go. You have to pay attention where you are are going and really watch for the trail markers. Cool Stuff to look at and to see the history of the senator rock was neat

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Thu Jun 09 2016

We started the trail from the smaller trail head on Durham Road, across from a small farm. There are quite a few intersecting trails in this area so it can get confusing. The trail passes along 3 town lines. There are a large number of maps strewn throughout but the information may be hard to follow, as the maps typically list a random color and name that doesn't correspond with the trail blaze color or the trail signs. I believe we followed the blue/red blaze to blue blaze only, across the Mica Ledges, down to the Pyramid, then across Dead Pot Road, we started then following the "main" yellow blaze trail which is confusing in that a smaller yellow blaze trail continually intersects it. We then joined back to Blue Blazes past the charcoal area, and took a left towards the tenting area, following the blue/red blazes, and then veered right to follow the blue blazes to the road, where we walked the road for the final length. The Pyramid was a nice highlight, it was quite huge and not hard to scale. The Mica Ledges continue for a few nice outlooks, 2 or so of the outlooks, look over a new development on farmland, and 1 or 2 aren't high enough to overlook the trees yet. They are nice and easy to walk across though and feature a lot of wild flowers. There are a huge amount of caterpillars on the trees this year though, I'm not sure if they're harmful to the vegetation, but they were on EVERYTHING. When you are more towards the Guilford/Madison side of the trail, there are a large number of signs detailing vegetation and the trail, which are informative. All in all, I was hoping the trails would be better marked. They aren't nearly as wide as the nearby Bluff Head Trail. There are also about 5 differing maps. The first at the small area we parked was once quite nice but very faded now. There were nice ones on the Madison Guilford side, but they don't quite match the trail blazes and there are so many intersecting that it's confusing. On the farther side towards the Pyramid Rock, there are biking trail maps strewn throughout, which are very detailed but harder to interpret. The paths we followed equaled 9.7 miles by the end of the night, which took us about 3 hours included stopping at the ledges, and pyramids, and trying to find our way. If you're hoping to hike in this area, I would strongly recommend the Bluff Head Trail first, as it was better maintained, and excellent views from the Trap rock vistas

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Mon Nov 09 2015

Along the Mattabasset trail up towards the Mica Ledges you'll pass a massive boulder that's been nicknamed the 'Pyramid' which is a nice highlight. There are several nice views from the ledges themselves. The trail is well-maintained and nicely marked.

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