Coginchaug Cave Trail

Higganum, Connecticut 06441

Coginchaug Cave Trail

Coginchaug Cave Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Kids and caves go together like cookies and milk. Coginchaug Cave, along the Mattabesett Trail, rises 30 feet high and stretches more than 50 feet along the base of a cliff. It is said to have provided shelter to Native Americans long ago.

One of the children might even come across an old Native American tool here; other hikers have. Take this relatively short, easy walk to the cave on an overcast day, saving sunnier days for hikes that promise long-range views."

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"A difficult hike, this one will have you a bit winded once you get to the top. It’s worth the trip, though; especially on a hot summer day as your destination is a cool and shaded “cave” with lots of history to contemplate.

The cave, actually a very large rock overhang, is approximately 0.95 mile from the trail entrance. To reach the cave you must climb a high ridge, under which Coginchaug Cave lies. Leave the ridge and descend left down a steep slope down the face of the ledge. This part of the trail is a little tricky; care should be taken, especially with young children."

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I have a 3 1/2yo and an almost 6yo. i bought this book and we have been going through some of these. However alot of them are out of date. This one was waaayyyy off. the culdasac he's talking about no longer exists. It's been built up into nice houses. We did locate the matta. trail and parked on the grass (big sign saying don't park on the curb, not far up the road on the right). Started walking. Found both streams (farther apart than expected). And got to a place where the blue blazes were blacked out. My 5yo went up ahead on the steep part while I dragged my younger son up to a dead end. There was no trail and no more blacked out blazes either. We tried taking the jeep trail around, but 1 direction took you to someone's backyard and the other kept going into the muddy whoknowswhere. It was a dissappointing hike.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
240 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
April to November
Connecticut Forest and Park Association
Local Contacts
USGS Durham
Local Maps

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Oct 2018