Explore the most popular hiking trails near Durham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I did 2.5 in and out, well worth it,nice views of black pond and beyond,loved the fact that the tops of trail were literally on the egde of the cliffs, loved it, on to the next one✌️

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.

some of the trails that break off this loop could use some love, but it's a beautiful short hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Accessed trail from Rt 17 south - overshot the trailhead because it’s not marked on the southbound side of the road. Once I got on the trail it was beautifully marked with blue blazes every hundred feet or so. Had to circumvent some blowdown around the top. Otherwise easy to navigate and beautiful views. Good cardio workout with all the ups and downs.

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.

hiking
10 months ago

It’s a great easy hike for a family. Most of the trail is pretty wide and impossible to get lost on. The lake the the trail surrounds is beautiful from any point of the trail. There are a few places where the trail is very rocky, but nothing my 3 kids under 9 can’t handle.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike with some pretty waterfalls on the way to a public lake. I thought it was beautiful and we even saw a beautiful woodpecker on the way!

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Got about 400m in and heard gunfire - turned around and left

backpacking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nice hike. If you're planning on camping overnight you're supposed to register for it. I was there Sep 16, 2017 there wasn't any good places to filter water so plan to pack a lot of it. Also be on the look out for broken glass, some jerks have brought glass bottles out there and broken them along the trail. LNT

Thursday, July 20, 2017

One of my favorite places ever. Go early on a week day.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fun mountain biking trail!

trail running
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This is one of my favorite trails in CT. It tends to be quiet and you won't run into many people. That being said, be prepared for rugged terrain and have a sturdy pair of shoes. Depending on which direction you go you will encounter significantly different terrain. Despite the challenging terrain this trail is worth every bit of sweat.
Heading NW you run into steep terrain but fantastic views of the valley. Again, this section is steep and you have to watch you step.
Heading SE the trail is flatter and more rolling, but no less challenging. You will not be able to move to quickly. There are a lot of small to medium sized rocks and many are loose, which can lead to a quick injury.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Nice local trail nice view thumbs up!

Monday, December 19, 2016

wonderful walk, would definitely go again.

Monday, November 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

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Very serene and almost secluded spot in Durham, nice for hikes, chilling out, kayak/ canoeing, and camping.

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The go-to views of Durham, CT. Check out miller's pond nearby.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Short trail, ppl like to camp out for the day and swim here. Bring bug spray

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Beautiful pond, great for hiking with pups. Trails were pretty wide, got a little lost but I always do.

hiking
Thursday, June 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

hiking
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I did the first few miles of this trail, and it was beautiful! Goes through forests and along relatively exposed ledges. Hilly, lots of variety in the vegetation and the views. There's only room for a few cars at the trailhead, so just beware!

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Very nice hike. Nice stop with a view near the top over the reservoir.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

easy hike with a beautiful view of the reservoir. definitely worth seeing

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

went here for first time with my wife ... nice trail w nice ups and downs and very clean and not trashed... rare these days...even better is that it's close to home! The only real gripe we had was the view of tilcons operation ripping down the other mountain...expect to see a LOT of fallen trees from recent storms ... definitely looks like a great place to camp... we will be back for sure !

hiking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

1/1/16 - After an extremely enjoyable hike with friends, we were chatting afterwards by our vehicles, when we observe an unattended dog on a rock for approximately 10 minutes. Eventually three cyclists emerge from the main trail with this dog following. The dog immediately runs over to us, we asked the owner to control her as we have dogs, unfortunately she does not listen and the owner must take her away by the collar. Approximately 15-20 minutes later the dog is back at our vehicles and we repeat our request to her owner to leash her and remind him that there is a leash requirement. It is frustrating and irritating the people like this are encountered.

hiking
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lovely trail. Bring snacks. Water. More snacks. Fully charged phone. Change of clothes. Really good snacks. This is an incredibly poorly marked trail. We were lost on top of lost.

hiking
Monday, November 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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Completed a stretch from route 77 to route 68. 9.47 miles. just before route 68 is Cattails shelter. Wish I had planned ahead to stay ovenight. It is well kept and very dry even in the rain. et even supply firewood. This hike was beautiful with frequent vistas some pretty steep climbs followed by rolling flat across ridge lines. One of the prettiest areas along the New England Trail which includes the Mattabesset Trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 10, 2014

I hiked the main trail around the pond a week prior to taking the mountain bike. From the parking lot, I took the red marked trail on the right side. This trail is very technical in some areas. I wouldn't recommend it to a new biker, but for an experienced rider this trail offers plenty of challenges. I found the trail very rocky with lots of large boulders and cliff-like rock to ride along. Some really nice views in the woods. This time of year(August) the streams and mud are non-existent. You can certainly see where the streams would normally flow. I imagine spring and fall would be wetter. Overall I only ride 5.4 miles on the right side of the pond. It looks like the other side offers even more extensive trails, so I will def return for more. Update to follow!

hiking
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hiking south from Rt 68 you will soon come to the "Cat tails Shelter" just off the trail. This would be an awesome place to spend the night as it has two shelters, seating, a fire-pit and bottles of fresh water in the summer courtesy of the caretaker. The hike gains elevation in sections until you come to the top of the ridge with views to the west and south. Blue Trails?/Hills? Gun range is below and you will hear frequent shooting. The trail continues to the notch where there is a road and then up, across, and down to Rt 17.

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