Paugnut State Forest

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Paugnut State Forest


(860) 482-1817

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Paugnut State Forest's 1,702 acres spread out over four locations in north central Torrington and abut Burr Pond and Sunny Brook state parks. The main section of Paugnut totals more than 1,200 acres and is home to the 2.1 mile John Muir Trail which connects the two parks via the forest.

Paugnut State Forest is a forest in Litchfield County, Connecticut. It is mixed hardwood forest with hemlock and white pine. It came into existence in 1929, when the State purchased 1127 acres. This purchase included a lookout tower that was established by the American Brass Company. Years ago, a series of towers were found throughout the state to serve the purpose of locating forest fires. Today, this tower, like many others, is gone as an airplane patrols the sky to report any fires. The majority of the remaining forest was acquired between 1930 and 1950. With a small recent addition, the forest is now 1,646 acres. Paugnut is located within the towns of Torrington and Winchester, abutting Burr Pond State Park.

Paugnut State Forest is managed for sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities such as such as biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, cross country skiing and bird watching.

Map of Paugnut State Forest (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.855830, -73.102780



  • Boating

    Burr Pond is located within Paugnut State Forest and offers canoeing, kayaking and a boat launch.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is available.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available at Burr Pond State Park, located within the forest.

  • Hiking

    The 2.1 mile John Muir Trail traverses Paugnut's main section and connects Burr Pond and Sunnybrook state parks. Today, Paugnut is part of the Connecticut Forests Letterboxing Series, in which all 32 state forests participate, and in combination with Burr Pond and Sunny Brook state parks, it preserves a wonderful portion of the state's western woodlands.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is available in this diverse wildlife area.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming on Burr Pond is a great way to spend a summer day.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available in winter.


The forest recreation areas are open from sunrise to sunset. Other forest areas are open one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.



For parking safety reasons, Paugnut Forest is best accessed from the abutting Burr Pond State Park. To reach the Burr Pond parking areas, follow Route 8 south from its intersection with Route 44 in Winsted for 2.7 miles and take the Pinewoods Road exit. Go right at end of exit and follow Pinewoods .22 miles turning left onto Winsted Road. Follow Winsted Road 1.0 miles and turn right onto Burr Mountain Road. Follow for .5 miles to Burr Pond State Park entrance on left where trail heads into forest may be found. The northern section is across Burr Mountain Road; the southern section may be accessed by following trails south (away from Burr Mountain Road).

Phone Numbers


(860) 482-1817