Lamentation Mountain State Park
Berlin & Meriden
I’ve seen this small, unremarkable state park also referred to as a “state park scenic reserve.” Because Connecticut doesn’t like to make anything easy. Lamentation Mountain itself includes a long ridge with nice views… but that ridge and summit is actually west of the park itself. The Mattabesett Trail traverses the ridge and clips a corner of the state park. Exciting stuff.
The land was given to the state by Ms. Marjorie Moore in 1935. She merely wanted a protected place for birds and the state didn’t see any development opportunity on the steep hillside so… there it is. A very steep rectangular state park off of the Berlin Turnpike that no one would ever bother exploring to any real degree. There is a primitive tentsite that I think is within the park boundary along the Mattabesett Trail. Note: there’s no water source there.
The most interesting thing here is the name. Matt at Explore Connecticut did the digging and writes that the name “can be ascribed to a Leonard Chester circa 1640 who went out for business in what was then the wilderness of south Wethersfield. He became lost and other residents took up a search making noise and uttering ‘lamentations’ until he was found on a mountain in Berlin.”
All Things Lamentation Mountain State Park
CFPA’s Mattabesett Trail
Section 1: Berlin Turnpike to Country Club Road