Nye-Holman State Forest
This forest came to the State in early 1931 through a gift from Mrs. Alice Henry Hall of South Willington, CT. The forest is named for her great-grandfather, Samuel Nye and her father, William Holman. Mr. Nye received 500 acres in 1719, when Tolland was set off from Windsor. 186 acres of this land became part of Nye-Holman State Forest, which now totals 818 acres in Tolland, Willington and Ellington. The Willimantic River flows through the forest. The section of the river through the forest is a trout management area restricted to catch and release fly-fishing. There is also an archery range in the forest. Canoes and kayaks can be launched next to the picnic area. Check the Canoe and Kayak Guide for details about the river's hazards, features and launch sites. This section of the river is classed as quick-water, which is appropriate for experienced river paddlers. No hunting is allowed in this part of the Forest.
Canoes and kayaks can be launched next to the picnic area. Check the Canoe and Kayak Guide for details about the river's hazards, features and launch sites. This section of the river is classed as quick-water, which is appropriate for experienced river paddlers.
Youth Group Camping areas are available to qualifying youth organizations. The group camp areas are generally away from main public use areas, giving group leaders maximum control over their group's camping experience. This program is designed to encourage youths to learn about nature and the camping experience.
As you walk along the Forest's loop road, note the appeal of this site for an early settler - level land along the river for crops, and hillside forests (across Route 74) for pasture and timber. The river provided water and fish. Ebenezer Nye was granted this land along the river to establish a homestead around 1720. The Nye family also had a toll bridge at this spot, where the Tolland Stage Road approaches the river through a gap in the high ridge to the west. "Nye's Bridge" linked Tolland Green to West Willington, which was established across the river around 1727.
Hunting is enjoyed in some areas of the forest.
Picnic tables are available for your mealtime enjoyment.
Take a dip in the river for a refreshing day in the forest.
From East Hartford, CT
1. Head southwest on Main St/US-5 toward Carroll Rd 0.7 mi 2. Turn right onto the ramp to I-84 E/Boston 0.2 mi 3. Merge onto CT-15 N 1.0 mi 4. Merge onto I-84 E 16.0 mi 5. Take exit 68 for CT-195 toward Tolland/Mansfield 0.2 mi 6. Turn left at CT-195/Merrow Rd Continue to follow CT-195 0.8 mi 7. Continue on CT-74/Tolland Grn 121 ft