Hike & Seek Challenge
Cockaponset State Forest, Pattaconk Reservoir
New Yellow Trail to Blue-Blazed Trail Loop
Approximately 2.7 miles
Are you a Hike & Seek champion? Find all of the special features on this trail using the descriptions and photos provided. Let us know how it goes!
Directions To Pattaconk Reservoir, Cedar Lake Rd, Chester:
From Middletown area: take Route 9 south, Exit 6. Turn right off the exit ramp and go west on Route 148 for approx. 2 miles. Take a right onto Cedar Lake Rd and drive approx. 2 miles. Take a left at the Cockaponset State Forest sign.
From Old Saybrook area: Route 9 north to Exit 6. Turn left off exit ramp and go west on Route 148 for approx. 2 miles. Take a right onto Cedar Lake Rd and drive approx. 2 miles. Take a left at the Cockaponset State Forest sign.
Once You Arrive:
Trail entrance is from the Pattaconk Reservoir parking lot to the left of the forest road yellow gate. Follow yellow/green marker short distance to yellow trail. Turn right on yellow trail. The yellow trail is new, so it is not yet on the DEEP map as of Winter 2021. The map shows the approximate (not exact) location of the 7 features to seek.
IMPORTANT TRAIL NOTE:
When you see the double horizontal markings denoting the end of the yellow trail, continue a short distance and watch for the blue trail to cut sharply to your left. It is not obvious! There are two large parking lots at the end of the entrance road. The trail leaves from the east (left) lot heading south. Watch for the trail markers as shown on tree to left. Follow yellow/green to yellow. Turn right on yellow to start.
Special Features to Find (corresponding with the photos above):
1. Double stump on right side of trail. Look for painted rock!
2. Large root crossing the trail. Tree has yellow trail marker
3. Stop to appreciate the view from this overlook rock.
4. The Medusa Tree will appear sitting atop a rock on the right side of the trail. Be sure to admire Medusa from the backside.
5. The Whispering Tree! Watch for this tree on the left side of the trail after a stream crossing.
6. The Mother Oak with her Acorn emblem will be on the right side of the trail before crossing the unmarked logging road.
7. After crossing the unmarked logging road watch for Burl Ives in a tree on the left side of the trail.
Safety Tips for Hike & Seeking:
Always tell someone where you are hiking. Always bring a trail map.
Follow Covid-19 precautions when hiking on public trails.
Familiarize yourself with weather conditions and hunting season and dress accordingly.
Leave No Trace and respect wildlife.
From The Creator of Hike & Seek:
Dear Fellow Hikers:
While I am not leading in-person hikes at the present time, it is more important than ever for both our physical and mental health that we all spend some time in the great outdoors. With that in mind, I am creating a series of Nature Nerds Hike & Seek Challenges with the help and support of CFPA.
My goal is to encourage folks to hit the trails and have some extra fun doing it. Your feedback is essential and will help me tailor future Hike & Seeks. Please complete the short survey below after you've finished your Hike & Seek.
Renee Smith, Nature Nerds