Mohawk Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The 6457-acre Mohawk Trail State Forest is frequented by bears, campers, swimmers, and anglers. However, those who venture on its handful of challenging hiking trails discover a different world. Stepping beyond the pavement and the campfire-filled valley, you find some of New England’s tallest and oldest trees. Additionalstrides lead down the Mahican–Mohawk Trail, the remnants of an ancient Native American trading route once connecting the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys. This scenic loop traverses picturesque forests, provides pleasing views, and offers a journey through early- American history."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"More noteworthy for its alpine skiing, Mohawk Mountain is also a pleasant hiking destination in the center of a 3700-acre state forest established in 1921. The peak’s gentle slopes are covered with thick forests occasionally interrupted by openings offering delightful snapshots of the region’s rolling terrain. The day’s journey passes numerous historical features and provides an optional visit to a black spruce bog—very rare for Connecticut, but more common farther north. From the 1683-foot summit an expansive view north to Bear Mountain and the Berkshires awaits."
"You likely already know that this park as a terrific place for winter sports, but did you realize that Mohawk’s warmer weather trail system is also superb? The extensive views from Mohawk’s 1683-foot summit not only have been admired by hikers but also put to practical use since colonial days. Centuries ago, Tunxis and Paugussett Indians sent smoke signals from the mountaintop to warn fellow tribesmen of any aggressive moves made by the enemy Mohawks (thus, the name of the mountain). In recent years, rangers have scanned the hillsides from the summit lookout tower for forest fires. The facilities here are extensive, also. So, if you’ve only thought to visit Mohawk Mountain after the first snowfall, think again!"
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
"Both the Mattatuck and Mohawk Trails, major arteries of the Connecticut blue trail system, weave through this state forest, unveiling its quiet beauty. You’ll sleuth out a historic stone tower, a mountaintop panoramic view, a pond, and visually intriguing and ever-changing forest. Rustic Adirondack-style shelters serve thru-hikers. The forest trails brush past the summer-silent winter ski runs and lifts of the region’s acclaimed Mohawk Mountain Ski Area."
--George and Rhonda Ostertag, Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
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