Bear Rock Trail

Durham, Connecticut 6422

Bear Rock Trail

Bear Rock Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Bear Rock is located within a section of the Conkaponset State Forest along the Mattabesett Trail. The rounded edifice of stone from which nature has carved the image of a bear’s head has drawn me for many years. It is not overly high or difficult to climb, and the animals and vegetation can be found in many places. Yet it is unique in a most pleasing, completely undefinable way.

The path is blazed with pale blue marks. Turns are noted by two stacked blazes, with the uppermost blaze offset in the direction of the turn. From the pull-off on Harvey Road, near a small pond where spring peepers sing in April, head north uphill into a hardwood forest of oak, beech, and maple rising above an understory of witch hazel, mountain laurel, and isolated specimens of yellow star grass. Related to amaryllis, yellow star grass forms tufts of narrow, dark green leaves from which rise slender stems topped with beautiful golden yellow six-petaled flowers from spring to summer. If it is not in bloom, chances are you will never notice this little plant. But if you see it in flower, the lovely, delicate beauty of yellow star grass will stay in your memory for a long time."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"From the pull-off, near a small pond where spring peepers sing in April, head north uphill on the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail (part of the New England National Scenic Trail) into a hardwood forest of oak, beech, and maple rising above an understory of witch hazel, mountain laurel, and isolated specimens of yellow star grass. Related to amaryllis, yellow star grass forms tufts of narrow, dark-green leaves from which rise slender stems topped with beautiful golden-yellow, six-petaled flowers from spring to summer. If it is not in bloom, chances are you will never notice this little plant. But if you see it in flower, the lovely, delicate beauty of yellow star grass will stay in your memory for a long time." Read more

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4/25/2009
There are many trails at Westwoods. I prefer the Guilford entrances, Sam Hill Road being closest to the Lost Lake. It's a great hike and you'll see Egrets, Cormorants, red tail hawks, and possibly a kingfisher or a frog if you're lucky. Be sure to pick up a map at Bishop's Farm market on Route 1.
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10/26/2007
Westwoods is a part of a larger preserve system. The major portion is the section between Branford and Guilford, which encompasses a number of different trails (Lost Lake is also part of Westwoods). There are any number of trails, and side trails that loop around through and over the ridges. The major north-south trails follow ridges or marshes and wind through a variety of settings. The east-west trails traverse ridges and swamps, and are more likely to be old woods roads. Because there are so many trails, and variations, the best thing to do is pick up a copy of the Westwoods map, which you can find at the camping store in Guilford or at Bishop's farm store. The Lost Lake sector is especially pretty, though sometimes crowded. PS: Mountain bikes are allowed, and are plentiful, so be careful, as they tend to come crashing through the brush.
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5/30/2007
Great trail with many caves, cliffs, and rock formations.
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Trail Information

Durham
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.1
Distance
120 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
0.5–1.0 hour
Duration
Open year-round
Season
Cockaponset State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Durham
Local Maps

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Dec 2018