James L Goodwin State Forest

Chaplin, Connecticut 6235

James L Goodwin State Forest

James L. Goodwin State Forest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Abutting 13,000-acre Natchaug State Forest, this 2,171-acre (3-square-mile) forest contributes to a vital northeast Connecticut open space and wildlife habitat.

Ponds, swamps, rolling hardwood forests, meadows, tree plantations, and an abandoned rail line fashion its habitat mosaic. The featured broad-swinging loop on foot trail and woods road takes you through forest and plantation to explore Pine Acres Pond and Swamp and visit Black Spruce Pond."

James L. Goodwin State Forest Reviews

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Starting at the Forest Headquarters of Goodwin on the blue-blazed Natchaug Trail, the first couple of miles is narrow single track, with lots of small wooden plan bridges along the way. In the spring, it will be very wet with lots of flooded and muddy areas. This part of the trail is more challenging and suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. After a few miles the Natchaug Trail becomes wider (snowmobile accessible) and good for all level riders. (For beginners, you can bypass the single track portion by taking Potter Road to North Section Road to Cedar Swamp road, then pick up the Natchaug from there.) You can connect this ride with the Natchaug State Forest ride. There are lots of side trails, dirt roads, and unpaved rail trails to explore on this ride. Fun if you have extra time and want to create a new route. Overall a good ride.

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Trail Information

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200 feet
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James L. Goodwin State Forest, c/o Mashamoquet Brook State Park, 147 Wolf Den Rd., Pomfret Center 06259; (860) 928-6121. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT); www.ct.gov/dep.
Local Contacts
State forest map (available online at www.ct.gov/dep); Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, East (available from CFPA, www.ctwoodlands.org/bookstore)
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Dec 2018