The Mattabesett Trail, between Old Blue Hills Rd and Pisgah Rd in Durham, has been relocated. This 1.3 mile roadwalk has been eliminated and the trail has been moved into the woods on State Forest, Regional Water Authority and Town property. The new trail route is displayed on our interactive trail map and on the trail map below. The new trail section is approximately 4.2 miles long. In the Mt Pisgah Open Space property, the Mattabesett Trail overlaps with a purple-blazed non-motorized, multiuse trail.
The Mattabesett section of the New England Trail over Bluff Head in Guilford has undergone a blaze change. The blue/orange side trail is now the primary route to the top of the ridge and is marked with blue blazes. The old trail has experienced severe erosion and is, at times, unsafe. We encourage hikers to follow the blue blazes to ascend and descend from Bluff Head.
The southern approach of the Mattabesett Trail to Chauncey Peak in Meriden has been relocated to reduce erosion. Please follow the new trail marked with blue blazes.
The Mattabesett Trail crossing of the powerline near River Rd in Middletown has been relocated due to recent powerline expansion work. Trail repair is underway, please follow the blazes.
In an effort to protect watershed health, please do not park on the Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) watershed lands on Reservoir Road- nearest to Asylum Reservoir #1. Instead please access the Mattabesett Trail from Brooks Road. Thank you for your cooperation in protecting the CVH water supply.