MACHIMOODUS/SUNRISE RESORT STATE PARKS:
EAST HADDAM, CONNECTICUT
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Last Updated: May 26, 2014
Length: Machimoodus/Sunrise Resort SP Loop; 2 miles [Spur to Overlook included; 3.4 miles]
Difficulty: Moderate. Machimoodus SP; Old gravel roads, mostly flat. Sunrise Resort SP; Old paved roads, hilly.
From the junction of Routes 66 & 151 in Cobalt follow Route 151 south for 6.6 miles to the parks entrance on the right.
The Machimoodus State Park, formerly known as Echo Farm & Sunrise Resort State Park, formerly known as Sunrise Resort are located back to back along the Salmon River. Old gravel and paved roads form a loop between the two parks. There are other dirt trails in the park, but are mainly used by hikers. For more information visit; MACHIMOODUS SP & SUNRISE RESORT SP .
Starting from the Machimoodus SP parking lot; At the end of the parking lot is a map board. Travel past the map board along the old gravel road and along a causeway between two ponds. Picnic tables located here. Continue straight at the intersection along the Lower Vista Trail. You'll head downhill into the woods coming to a sharp curve and narrow dirt path on your right at 0.3 miles. This path leads into the Sunrise Resort State Park.
Note: Spur to Overlook; Before heading into the Sunrise Resort SP, continue along the gravel road. The road splits at 0.7 miles, keep left. You'll pass by a small pond and travel past a large field before coming to a circle with picnic tables at 1 mile. The Salmon River Cove is down below. The views were obstructed by the trees but I imagine in the Spring & Fall you would have clear views of the river. The narrow dirt path by the sign post is the entrance for the Upper Vista Trail.
Heading right follow the narrow dirt path through a stone wall where the trail widens as you enter a Pine forest. Follow the Blue Trail straight to an intersection. Head left along the Blue Trail. Cross over a wooden bridge and head left on the gravel road alongside a large field. Spot some of the old building foundations from the resort. You'll come to a parking lot at 0.9 miles. Head left out to the old paved road. Spot the old basketball courts across the road. Turn left and follow the paved road down a steep hill. Caution; Watch out for road erosion. This brings you down alongside the Salmon River at 1.2 miles. Popular stopping point for canoes & kayaks. Continue straight along the river as the road ascends up a steep switchback to an intersection. Head left and you'll soon pass by the old tennis courts and ball field before passing through a parking lot and coming to an intersection. Head left, passing by the old resort buildings and you'll come to a gate at 1.8 miles. Follow the old entrance road straight past a turnoff to Route 151 and you'll come to another gate. Head past the gate along a gravel road and you'll return to the Machimoodus SP parking lot after a 2 mile loop.
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