Length: 42 miles

Towns: Wolcott, Plymouth, Thomaston, Watertown, Morris, Litchfield, Warren, Cornwall

Trail Overview: The Mattatuck Trail features a woodland footpath beside ponds and streams, descends through a ravine framing the spectacular terraced Buttermilk Falls, meanders past a cave frequented by the legendary Leatherman, and crosses one of Connecticut’s highest peaks. From its southern terminus in Wolcott, the trail follows a northwesterly route to the Mattatuck State Forest and Black Rock State Park. The trail ascends along the western ridges of the Waterbury Reservoirs with breathtaking views to the north. In Litchfield the Mattatuck Trail passes through the White Memorial Conservation Center, a 4,000 acre wildlife sanctuary which includes a network of supplementary side trails.

The trail resumes in Warren in the Wyantenock State Forest. It quickly enters City of Waterbury Shepaug Reservoir land and Warren Land Trust open space property. The trail traverses rugged terrain featuring mountain laurel, seasonal views of the reservoirs to the east, streams and marshes, and deep woodlands. The northernmost section of the Mattatuck Trail travels through the Mohawk State Forest in Cornwall, one of the most scenic woodland areas in Connecticut. Meandering beside streams and through rock walls, the trail climbs Mohawk Mountain and offers outstanding panoramic views of western Connecticut and the hills of New York. The Mattatuck’s northern terminus is at its junction with the blue-blazed Mohawk Trail.

! The Waterbury Reservoir lands are open to foot travel only.

! Pets must be leashed on the Waterbury Reservoir lands.

! Hunting is permitted in State Forests intersected by this trail. Please use caution and wear orange during hunting season.
For info on Black Rock State Park in Watertown, click here. https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Black-Rock-State-Park
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1South Main Street
203 ft
2South Eagle Street
1,663 ft
3Mattatuck Trail
2 miles
4Town Hill Road
2,664 ft
5Todd Hollow Road
1,004 ft
6Keegan Road
358 ft
7Mattatuck Trail
2 miles
8CT Route 262
883 ft
9Wilton Road
2,894 ft
10Carter Road
472 ft
11Mattatuck Trail
1 mile
12Waterbury Road
3,999 ft
13Reynolds Bridge Road
1,529 ft
14Mattatuck Trail
Black Rock State Park
7 miles
15Branch Brook Trail
Black Rock State Park
4,094 ft
16Pitch Road
1,112 ft
17Mattatuck Trail
2 miles
18Wolcott Road
538 ft
19Beaver Pond Trail / Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
89 ft
20Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
522 ft
21Beaver Pond / Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
846 ft
22Mattatuck Trail
4,413 ft
23Beaver Pond / Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
482 ft
24Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
1 mile
25Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
1 mile
26Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
3,878 ft
27White Hall Road
White Memorial Foundation
1,280 ft
28Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
650 ft
29Mattatuck Trail
White Memorial Foundation
1,398 ft
30Mattatuck Trail / Litchfield Greenway
White Memorial Foundation
2,894 ft
31Allentown Road
2,428 ft
32Prospect Mountain
2 miles
33Graham Thompson Trail
1 mile
34Prospect Mt. Yellow Trail
3,474 ft
35Prospect Mt. Red Trail
3,465 ft
36Mattatuck Trail
8 miles
37College Street
1,010 ft
38Mattatuck Trail
1 mile
39Great Hill Road
528 ft
40Camp Road
1,969 ft
41Mattatuck Trail
3,488 ft
42Wadhams Road
846 ft
43Mattatuck Trail
2 miles
44Toumey Road
833 ft
45Mattatuck Trail
240 ft
46Mattatuck Trail
2,940 ft
47Mattatuck Trail
3 miles
48Lane Hill Road
633 ft
49Overlook Spur
161 ft
50Overlook Loop
354 ft
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Mattatuck Trail
Sep 19, 2021 @ 7:09am
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