Shenipsit State Forest

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Shenipsit State Forest


(860) 684-3430

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Things To Do


There are 6,126 acres with over 30 miles of trails in Shenipsit State Forest. A small and accommodating mountain with special views to the west, north and northeast; forested with oak, gray birch, maple and hemlock, and laced by trails. Within Shenipsit State Forest, you can fashion any number of hikes of varying lengths and difficulty. The park offers parking lot, pit toilets, observation tower, some interpretive signs, no water. It is open from 8 a.m. to sunset

Map of Shenipsit State Forest (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.835293, -72.631989



  • Camping

    Camping is not available in the forest, although there are several commercial campgrounds in the area.

  • Fishing

    The park offers fishing on the Connecticut River.

  • Hiking

    Soapstone Mountain features an auto road and numerous hiking trails that can be used for hiking, mountain biking or equestrian travel. The area is known for it varied terrain with wonderful vistas for novices and challenging terrain for experienced hikers/riders. The summit also has the only lookout tower in northeastern Connecticut. The Shenipsit Trail, which runs over 40 miles from East Hampton to Somers, passes through the Shenipsit State Forest and passes over the summit of Soapstone Mountain.

  • Historic Sites

    There is an abundance of recreation opportunities at Shenipsit State Forest. The two primary attractions are the wonderful hiking along the Blue-Blazed Shenipsit Trail which passes over Soapstone Mountain and the amazing views from the Soapstone Mountain observation tower. While the original fire tower is long gone, today's tower stands specifically for the public's recreational viewing. As one of only two observation towers in Eastern Connecticut.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in the forest and is a very popular activity.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and pit toilets make for a very enjoyable picnic in Shenipsit State Forest.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are all awesome activities offered in the Shenipsit State Forest in the Winter.


Forest areas are open one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The CCC Museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and by appointment.



From West StaffordStafford, CT

1. Head west on CT-190/W Stafford Rd toward Crystal Lake Rd/CT-30 Continue to follow CT-190 4.8 mi 2. Turn left at CT-83/South Rd Continue to follow CT-83 3.5 mi 3. Slight left at Kibbe Rd 0.1 mi 4. Turn left at Shenipsit Forest Rd 1.2 mi

Phone Numbers


(860) 684-3430