Postponed: Full Mattatuck Trail in White Memorial Hike
Join staff from White Memorial and CFPA Trail Manager Tom Tella on Saturday, May 9 at 8 AM for a six-mile hike covering the entire length of the Mattatuck Trail within The White Memorial Foundation!
This will be a guided hike of “medium” challenge- a well-manicured trail with no significant up-and-down pitches, but it will be six miles.
The Mattatuck Trail is one of the premier Blue-Blazed Trails of Connecticut, stretching 35 miles most of the way across Litchfield County, from Peterson Park in Wolcott to Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall. The magnificent centerpiece of this trail is the six-mile section that traverses White Memorial.
We are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s Blue-Blazed Trail System this year and this hike celebrates the fact that Alain White served as the President of the CFPA about the time of this trail’s inception.
During our hike, we’ll walk through the old-growth forest of Catlin Woods, pass many vernal pools buzzing with activity, skirt the edge of Cranberry Swamp, admire Memorial Rock, and take in the breathtaking view overlooking Plunge Pool.
Arrive, park and gather at the cul-de-sac at the end of the paved section of Slab Meadow Road in East Morris. From there we will car/van pool to the Mattatuck Trailhead on Bissell Road in Litchfield. This trailhead is about 2/10 of a mile south of Route 202. We then hike southbound, back to our cars.
Come prepared with appropriate footwear, a small backpack, plenty of water, raingear, sunscreen, insect repellant or headnet, snacks/light lunch, and binoculars. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome, provided they don’t mind jumping in another vehicle for the carpool (and don’t forget water, treats and poop bags). Expect to be on the trail with us for a good 5-6 hours.
Only heavy weather cancels.