Great Pond State Forest

Simsbury, Connecticut 6092

Great Pond State Forest

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This simple hike packs a lot of wallop. It unites a lovely vegetated pond active with beavers, ducks, geese, and croaking frogs with woodland that demonstrates James L. Goodwin’s concept for and devotion to forestry.

Goodwin was one of the nation’s first professionally trained forest managers. A pocket grove of towering rhododendron and abundant mountain laurel urge hikers out in spring, pond lilies decorate the scene in summer, and colored leaves and their watery doubles beckon in fall."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5-2 hours
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Forests, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
Massacoe State Forest, Great Pond Unit trail map (available online at and sometimes at trailhead)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018