Work off all of that turkey! This is a challenging hike up and down and up and down basalt ridges. Did I mention the ups and downs?! There is a lot of walking on loose trap rock and along steep cliffs so keep an eye on the youngsters and keep your dog on a leash. You will be on the Mattabesett Trail which is part of the New England Trail. From the parking lot on the west side of Route 77, take the Blue Blazed Hiking Trail straight up (literally) the talus slope to the top of the ridge. At about 720 feet above sea level, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Long Island Sound, Meyerhuber Pond, the Coginchaug River Valley and even the City of Hartford. You can follow the ridge as long as you like, we turned back near the North Slope Trail (blue-white rectangle) then followed the Alternate Trail (blue-orange rectangle) back to the parking lot. The Alternate Trail is a much more gradual hill with better footing. You will end up passing an old cemetery where Meyerhuber is buried.
Directions: the parking lot is on the west side of Route 77 in Guilford, just north of Great Hill Road.
More Information: Maps of the trail system are posted at the trail head and can be viewed from CT Forest & Park Associations interactive map.