Algonquin State Forest

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Algonquin State Forest


(860) 424-3200

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Things To Do



Algonquin State Forest began as 92 acres in 1937, and has grown to a size of 2,545 acres today. The forest consists of several parcels in the towns of Colebrook and Winchester. The largest piece of the forest is along Sandy Brook in Colebrook. Most of the early acquisitions of Algonquin State Forest were gifts to the State. The name 'Algonquin' is an Indian name.

The forest is managed for sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, and bird watching.

Map of Algonquin State Forest (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.990650, -73.055660



  • Fishing

    Anglers enjoy fishing in the serene setting of the Algonquin State forest. Make sure you check the DNR regulations, before you cast.

  • Hiking

    Aside from numerous hiking trails, visitors can go on a letterboxing hike. Letterboxing is about the adventure of finding your way through the woods, and the thrill of reaching your goal. In letterboxing, you visit interesting locations and collect unique stamps to mark your visit. The letterboxes that DEP's Division of Forestry is placing in Connecticut's State Forests provide the means and inspiration for you to visit the State Forests and learn something about the state's history, wildlife, trees and forests.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is a great activity in the Algonquin State Forest. Check the rules and regulations for specific permitted hunting areas.



From the junction of Route 8 and Route 20 in Winchester, proceed north on Route 8 3.0 miles and turn left on Sandy Brook Road. Follow Sandy Brook Road 1.1 miles to the pull-off for the White Trail on the right.

Phone Numbers


(860) 424-3200