Mattabesett Trail, Mattatuck State Forest, Middletown, CT

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Along the 215-mile New England Trail that runs through Connecticut and Massachusetts, catch the 5-mile section of the Mattabesett between Route 77 and Route 17 to reach Bluff Head, a promontory from which you can see Long Island Sound and the Coginchaug Valley.

Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 126 miles
Middletown, CT, 203-457-9253, website.

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