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    Black Rock State Forest / Mattatuck State Forest‏ (Plan B)

    Looks like Brooksdale if off limites for awhile. Whats the word on Black Rock State Forest/Mattatuck State Forest‏? Any good recommendations or pointers on what to hit or miss?

    Black Rock Forest Map
    DEP: Black Rock State Park

    DEP: Mattatuck State Forest

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    Made it up to Black Rock and Mattatuck State Forest today. Started off by climbing to the Black Rock hilltop and then followed the Mattatuck Trail to Crane's Lookout and then went into Leatherman's Cave. If your looking to increase your hike-a-bike skills, this is the place to practice. After the exploring the Leatherman Cave, I went along the Jericho Trail to RT-8, biked up the side of RT-8 and then hit the blue and yellow double-track trail back to the Black Rock parking area near the beach. Completed about 9 miles in 2.5 hours. It was nice to get back to this place, went hiking when I was a little kid to Leatherman's Cave so the nostalgic of the route made it worth the struggle. I had even visited his grave a long time ago. I'm a big Pearl Jam fan too, so the music in the car ride up to the state park was fitting.

    Pearl Jam Songs - Leatherman Song Lyrics, Music Video

    Sparta Cemetery-The Leather Man

    Leatherman’s Cave (Watertown)

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