Mattatuck Trail, Black Rock Loop, Watertown

Directions: From Route 8 north: take Exit 38. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp to first traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto US Route 6 west. Pass park entrance is a 1/2 mile on the right on US Route 6 Turn right on Bidwell Hill Rd.  Parking on right.  Trail head is 0.1 mile south on right
From Route 8 south: take Exit 38. Go straight ahead at the end of the exit ramp to US Route 6 west. Pass park entrance is on the right.  Turn right on Bidwell Hill Rd.  Parking on right.  Trail head is 0.1 mile south on right


Trail Information: Follow blue trail markers for 1/2 mile easy warm up .3 mile hard climb to Black Rock Lookout.  0.17 mile descent turn right on red marked trail for .41 mile, meets blue trail near start of climb.  Turn left back to road or right for another loop. Descent  follows small stream and is very wet.

Miscellaneous Information: Maps are available at   http://dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/parks/blackrock.htm

Bill Gibbs