On Sunday we set out for Middletown, CT to hike a section of the Blue-Blazed Trail. This area to the East of Middlesex Community College is dense with mountain laurel. We did more than the usual scrambling over rocks but were rewarded with some lovely views of the area reservoirs and distant hills. Great up and down exercise to work off a weekend of eating. We are all eager to return in the spring to see the mountain laurel in bloom.

Directions:
From Route 9, Take exit 11 and follow Randolph Road heading East. At the light, go right (south) onto Saybrook Road.

Almost immediately, there is a light and you should bear LEFT to stay on Saybrook Road. (Do not take the right fork that is Bartholomew Road.)

Continue on Saybrook Road for a total of 0.8 mile, and look for the large sign on the left that says “Fellowship.” Just after that sign, take the left turn onto Brooks Road.

Follow Brooks Road, which is curvy and hilly, past Cedar Street, and after a little while, you will see a reservoir on your left – park along the side of the road there. (This is about 0.7 miles from where you turned off Saybrook Road.) There is a trail head up Brooks Road on the East side of Asylum Reservoir #2. This is known as the Reservoir Loop trail. There are a bunch of loops in this area. Your best bet is to look in the CFPA hike book:
Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails | Connecticut Forest & Park Association

There’s also a description on this site:

Three Middletown Mattabessett Loop Trails

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