Mattatuck State Forest - Hiking
The Mattatuck trail is a part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail system and is an intermediate hike that crosses through Waterbury and Watertown Connecticut.
For the short blue loop that begins and ends at the parking lot adjacent to Black Rock State Park (on the other side of Route 6), the hike is a moderate 3 miles. But there are plenty of options and side trails off of the Blue-Blazed Mattatuck Trail that offer a chance to extend the hike up to 3 to 4 miles if heading south through Watertown.
Destination Distance From Downtown
There are several stretches of steep incline and a bit of scrambling through the caves. During rainy months, the rock can be slippery.
Time To Complete
At a fast pace, more experienced hikers may complete this hike anywhere between an hour and an hour and a half. For those looking for a slower-paced hike with extended periods of exploration (especially by the caves), it could take up to 2 and a half hours.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
The path is too steep at points for this hike to be enjoyable during winter months, but is best during the fall for the spectacular foliage. During the summer, it is shaded enough to keep the temperature down, but it is recommended as an early morning or sunset hike.