DEP Closes Tri-Mountain State Park and Portions of the Mattabesett Trail Until Further Notice

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Action taken due to bullets striking in the State Park near

the Paug Tri-Mountain Section of the Mattabesett Trail

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today closed Tri-Mountain State Park, located in Wallingford and Durham, and the portion of the Mattabesett Trail that runs through it after bullets were found on state land in an area across from the Blue Trail Gun Range. The range is in Wallingford on the other side of the Ulbrich Reservoir. The DEP took this action as a precaution while it works with the Blue Trail Gun Range to ensure public safety is guaranteed. The DEP has asked the Gun Range to shut down the portion of the range across from state land until a resolution to the situation can be found.

“Public safety must come first and when we became aware that bullets were indeed striking park land in the vicinity of this beautiful trail, both the park and trail had to be closed,” said DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy. “The DEP is talking with the operators of the range to resolve this situation and get hikers back into the park and onto the trail as soon as possible.”

Signs are being posted by DEP at the state park entrance and by CFPA along the trail to alert hikers to the closing. Mention of the gun range already occurs in the Mattabesett Trail Guide.

The park and trail will remain closed until further notice. People wishing to hike in this part of the state can go to nearby Cockaponset State Forest – check the DEP website for information and directions.