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

This is a really cool trail. I think it wouldn’t be as enjoyable in the spring or summer as I imagine it can get quite overgrown; but for fall/winter hiking it’s perfect. Tons of variation, changes landscapes, different plant life, and we even saw a hawk.

7 days ago

if you are looking for an exciting, beautiful trail on the difficult side of moderate then this is the trail for you! NOT an EASY trail
....I was surprised by the difficulty level but it was worth it and I will be doing it again!

The waterfall part is cool and pretty. The hike is nice, a bit challenging at times but not too bad. Just off the trail at either the beginning or end of the loop, depending which way you go, right by the power lines, is a weird area with intentionally stacked rock formations. It's looks like some kind of pagan shrine thing. I can't find any other references to it anywhere on the internet, so I don't know if it's new or something. It does look creepy though. The red granite stones are intentionally place in the middle of white granite stones in a way that had my wife convinced it had been used for an animal sacrifice. I wish I took pictures.

I love hiking here! Very well marked trails.

I have found many exciting things to see on these trails.

Really fun trail. Lots of options with some good bouldering spots, lots of running water and some stunning views all rolled into a deep forest hike.

Lovely trail with lots of interest. Elevation changes are continual, and several rock scrambles make it fun. My dogs all did well though it was a challenge for the 11 year old. Markings were very well done, thank you trail crews!

What a fantastic trail. Such diverse terrain and environments.
There is no parking on Thayer road you mist park on Saybrook road so don’t bother turning on to Thayer. The trial also starts In Saybrook Road at the end of the parking area.
The trail is clearly marked and well maintained.

1 month ago

Definitely moderate to hard for me. Without this app I would have been going in circles, hence the 4. Great hike though.

We really enjoyed the blue trail- tons of fun up and over large rocks. We did 10 miles in 5 hours, stopping for lunch midway. The disappointing part was the 3 dirt bikes that were on the blue-yellow trail the entire time. We didn’t cross paths with the bikes until the end of our hike but could hear them the entire time.

2 months ago

Rigorous blue trail but wonderful

My husband and I are throughly enjoying this entire rigorous blue trail and are doing it in sections.
Agreed, intersections are many and if we didn’t have the app we probably would have doubled back at some point.
Beautiful, quiet, only saw two others in a full afternoon.

This is one of my favorite hikes in CT. It's only 10 minutes south of Middletown but when you're on the trails it feels like remote New England. The paths are beautiful with a photo-worthy view around every corner. All of that aside - if hiking the full 10 miles from Bear Hill to Seven Falls and back - it is legitimately rated hard.
1. Make sure you wear hiking boots for this. Many places on the trail you are traversing various grades of granite. Some mildly steep, some very steep and in three different places there are near vertical 8 - 10 foot scaling. Several of these places my dog would not have been able to get up or down - and she is a very athletic border collie.
2. Several people reference the intersecting trails. There are 4 main places and several minor where I hiked into an intersection with 3 or 4 path options. While I had this app and I was also recording my progress on map my hike, that still didn't prevent me from choosing the wrong path sensing I was headed in one direction only to look down at my apps 50 feet down a path just to realize I was heading back the way I came. I finally broke out my old school compass given the frequency that it happened.
3. The blue-yellow trails are far easier than the straight blue trails. If you have a dog or younger kids you will probably be safer staying on those trails.
4. Definitely wear and bring bug spray with you. What makes this hike so pretty in many places are the springs, creeks and bogs. But with water come a lot of bugs even early in the season when it's still cool. I wore a lot of bug spray and reapplied several times so they were not an issue.
5. This entire area is breathtaking when the mountain laurels are in bloom.

Beautiful trail, scenic vistas, well marked trails. My only complaint is many looping intersecting trails. Some what confusing figuring out directions to continue on.

Really beautiful views and fun technical single track with some pretty demanding climbs throughout. Inconsistently marked at points. Plan on doing it again asap to clean it up and mark a little better where is needed. Super fun over all

11 months ago

So long as you don’t mix up the trails...it is a nice scenic hike. We, however, entered at the “end” of the trail which was the mattabassett trail and ended up staying on that one as opposed to the pond trail. Our 1.5 mike hike turned into a four mile one...with our three kids rock climbing in parts. We ended up coming out onto a service road, hopping the fence and then walking along roadway to get back to trailhead.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Enjoyed the trail, lot of different scenery. Nice for a good quick hike.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

We did way more than the 1.4 mile loop. Took the yellow blue trail out to the end. Was on a service road for a bit. Then took the blue trail around and back. There were steeps, rocky terrain , cliffs and boulders. But mostly a nice hike for intermediate hikers. Although I would recommend boots and not sneakers. But definitely doable.
We did 4.24 miles after working a 9 hour day. I was a bit tired to say the least after all was said and done.

My boyfriend & I only got to hike the Seven Falls Loop today. More of a moderate hike. A few places to scramble over. I only gave this trail a 3-star rating because my boyfriend and I will be lucky if we don't get some tick born illness or serious poison ivy/oak. I get we are hiking but I just don't love hiking a slim little trail through weeds and prickers. Good hike when things opened up. Would like to go back in the fall and do the entire blue trail. Definitely a pants & long sleeve shirt kind of hike. Wear bug spray.

Great hike so close to home. Definitely one to keep you in shape. I saw deer, coyotes and a lone turkey. Pay careful attention to the trail as many paths intersect the trails and you can get turned around

This part of the mattabassett is full of different terrain. Some spots along the streams and giant boulder cliffs demanded a stop. I went on a rainy week...the rock ledges are slick with lychens. No far reaching overlooks although there are some glimpses through the higher elevations. A laurel conservatory on northern end. There are some wood ticks and this past week was swarming with caterpillars. Definitely inspired to do more of this trail.

Excellent trial! if you see 1 other person out there you're lucky. Quiet, fairly easy, all around good spot.

trail running
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trail run or spot to walk the dogs!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great day hike. Fun to mountain bike as well.

Did up and around Bear Hill. The trails are enjoyable with some cardio action but to say this is hard is an overstatement. Note if it has been raining, leave your sissy trail runners at home. Boots only. Many of the trails are stream beds or are not well drained.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good stroll good veiws

My husbands FAVORITE kayak spot. It's an adventure. Secretive in a way. Beautiful birds, turtles around each corner. It's not a "through way" so it's quiet, private. We take our time just gliding through. There's a few people here and there that are fishing or hanging out on the banks. It's a great day trip kayaking

Really great hike. Gave me a good workout. I just wish it had better scenic views.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

ANYBODY KNOW WHERE TO PARK? Went there, no clue where to park, ended up doing Hubbard Brook Preserve Scovill Loop instead :(

on Bear Hill Loop

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Not a bad trail, could've been marked better, and wish there had been some water (all the streams were bone dry) but our dogs enjoyed it, and we had the trail to ourselves the entire time.

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