Menunkatuck and Mattabasett Trails

MODERATE 4 reviews

Menunkatuck and Mattabasett Trails is a 22 mile loop trail located near Guilford, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

22.0 miles
2,542 feet

dogs on leash


cross country skiing





Guilford was settled in 1639, one of the towns of the New Haven Colony in New England. It has one of the most beautiful town greens in New England and one of the largest collections of historic houses. The Henry Whitfield House (a museum) is the oldest stone house in North America. The town is 49 square miles and much has been preserved in wild spaces. The Mattabasett Trail and the Menunkatuck Trail, part of the state blue trail system, run through Guilford and connect the southernmost part of the Mattabesett Trail south to the coast.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The menunkatuck connection terminates at the southern gateway on the harbor. Unfortunately the trail runs very close to suburban backyards but to counter that there are quite a few pastoral vistas which will make you stop and take a look. The marshes and fields along the trail support a suprising shift in the variety of wildlife encountered in the preceding cockaponset forest.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I really enjoyed my Christmas day hike on these trails. There were some good challenging parts but mostly it seemed like it was just a walk-through a nice forest. There's some great views from a cliff and it gets a little technical up there. I'll be back another time to explore more of the trail. Happy holidays!

1 month ago