American Legion State Forest

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American Legion State Forest

Connecticut

(860) 379-2469

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Overview

Located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, the initial 213 acres of this forest were a gift from the American Legion in 1927 to provide citizens an example of proper forest management as observed by U.S. soldiers throughout Europe during World War I. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Rugged terrain with steep, rocky hillsides typifies the remainder of the forest. The Henry Buck Trail, which winds through the forest for 2.1 miles, passes by historic mill sites and offers a view of beautiful rock formations as well as the river valley. The Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground provides thirty spacious campsites near the river. Pets on a leash are permitted. Campers may have one pet per campsite.

Map of American Legion State Forest (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.914030, -72.977457

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaking and canoeing is enjoyed on the forest's Wild and Scenic River.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling in the American Legion State Forest is allowed throughout the forest roads. Many visitor's enjoy rolling past the scenery on bicycle.

  • Camping

    American Legion State Forest offers 30 sites in a wooded setting. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends Columbus Day.

  • Fishing

    The Wild and Scenic River that run through American Legion State Forest is a trout fisher's dream.

  • Hiking

    Although the 2.1 mile Henry Buck Trail is the only trail in the American Legion State Forest, it is a beautiful retreat. Winding through the forest for 2.1 miles, it passes by historic mill sites and offers a view of beautiful rock formations as well as the river valley.

  • Historic Sites

    Seasonal interpretive programs are based at the Stone Museum, a nature museum, open weekends between Memorial Day and Columbus Day offering displays on forestry, mammals, Native American culture, and local history. Several guided hikes are offered from May through October.

  • Hunting

    Although it is not the most utilized activity in the forest, hunting is permitted.

  • Picnicking

    American Legion state forest has picnic tables and picnic shelters. The shelters may be reserved in advance by calling: 1-877-668-CAMP. The park also includes flush toilets.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are widely popular in the forest.

Seasonality/Weather

Several guided hikes are offered May through October.

Directions

Driving

Route 44 east from Winsted to Route 318 east to Pleasant Valley; or Route 44 west from New Hartford to Route 181 north to Pleasant Valley.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 379-2469

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