Hike the Mattabesett Trail

The Mattabesett Trail is one of Connecticut’s blue blaze trails maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. It runs 64 miles in a V-shape from Middletown south to Guilford and then north to Berlin. The trail is filled with remote vistas, traprock on the Metacomet Ridge, and other highlights.

It is also part of the 215 mile New England National Scenic Trail (NET) through with connections to the Menunkatuck Trail to the south and the Metacomet Trail to the north.

Currently I have only hiked portions of the trail so this is an incomplete guide.

Fastest Known Time: Justin Kousky 14h11m17s on 2020-06-27

Section List

(East to West) Distances may be slightly off due to reroutes


Mattabesset Blogs

Bear Hill


41.532457, -72.59797

Mattabesett: Bear Hill & Kätchen Coley Mountain Laurel Preserve CFPA Blue Blaze Trail and Middletown Town Park 100 acres in Middletown, CT Parking: North End: Shoulder parking… Read more…

Tri-Mountain State Park


41.442427, -72.740176

Tri-Mountain State Park Connecticut State Park 157 acres in Durham, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near Howd Rd, Durham, CT Trail Map     Trails: 2 miles    Rating:…

Millers Pond State Park


41.479883, -72.629513

Millers Pond State Park Connecticut State Park 280 acres in Durham and Haddam, CT Parking: Large lot at 344 Foot Hills Rd, Durham, CT Trail Map   …

Bluff Head


Bluff Head Guilford Land Conservation Trust 500 acres in Guilford, CT Parking: Small lot near 4391 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT Trail Map            …

Giuffrida Park


41.562115, -72.762339

Giuffrida Park Meriden Town Park 598 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 800 Westfield Rd, Meriden, CT Trail Map Giuffrida Park is one of the great… Read more…

Black Pond


41.528562, -72.740850

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 16 acres in Meriden, CT Parking: Medium sized lot at the boat launch near 1699 E Main St, Meriden, CT Trail… Read more…

Seven Falls


41.509452, -72.576079

Seven Falls in Middletown and Haddam, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 1 Saybrook Rd, Higganum, CT Trail Map Seven Falls is state owned property, but isn’t an official… Read more…