Blackwell Brook Trail
Unknown acres in Brooklyn, CT
Parking: Pull off for two cars 500 ft from 78 Beecher Rd Brooklyn, CT
Blackwell Brook is the worst hike I have ever been on.
At this point, I’m very familiar with overgrown forgotten town trails, but so far this one has been the worst. What started as a crushed fern path through wetlands turned into a 1.6 mile slog through waist-high growth filled with poison ivy and nettles.
The trail became unblazed and there were several dips along the banks of the brook that was slick mud too wide to jump. Beyond that were perilous sections along the steep river bank where foot placement couldn’t be seen through the plant growth which meant slow foot placement to make sure I didn’t tumble 8 feet down to the river. I’ll add in mentions of mosquitos and ticks just to really pile on!
The funny thing is that the reason I got far enough in not to want to turn around is that someone recently/regularly went through there to crush an obvious path. The trail should be beautiful since it hugs the banks of Blackwell Brook and the same with Cold Spring Brook at the backside. Someone even built several nice wooden bridges that are now slowly decaying (they were mainly how I knew I must be heading in the right direction once the blazes stopped).
Avoid this hike unless it’s winter or until it is returned to hikeable status. I have never been so happy to be done with a hike.