Cockaponset State Forest

Killingworth, Connecticut 06419

Cockaponset State Forest

Cockaponset State Forest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In south-central Connecticut, this state forest offers a tranquil woods retreat and access to Pattaconk Reservoir. The forest boasts a fine well-blazed trail system. The selected hike navigates the interlocking threads of the forest’s Pattaconk and Cockaponset Trails for an all-day, see-the-forest, barbell-shaped tour. You will explore pond, woods, laurel groves, and low rock ledges.

For this ambitious hike, you round the barrier and follow the blue blazes (west) to reach the junction with the blue/red Pattaconk Trail. Turn left, following the Pattaconk south for a counterclockwise lower loop. You pass through mixed woods of beech, witch hazel, maple, oak, and mountain laurel, ascending a low ridge with a rocky crest. Mossy shelves and fern caps dress the rocks."

Cockaponset State Forest Reviews

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11/23/2006
I give this location 5 stars for it's immense trail mileage, variety of terrain, and popularity.
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11/7/2005
A fall friday visited yielded a private circumnavigation of the lake here in which only one other hiker was encountered. The trail around the lake is sometimes unclear and it takes you away from some of the best views. But overall this made a nice 2 hour diversion with a stillness so quiet that a pair of large birds flew overhead and we could hear the breathe of their wings.
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10/1/2003
first time on trail,thought it was great.i was horseback riding
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Trail Information

Killingworth
Nearby City
13.0
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
7-9 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cockaponset State Forest, 18 Ranger Rd., Haddam 06438; (860) 345-8521. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Forests, (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, West (available from CFPA, www.ctwoodlands.org/bookstore)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018