Peoples State Forest

Winsted, Connecticut

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This 3,000-acre forest, purchased by public subscription in the 1920s, stretches east from the West Branch Farmington River in northwest Connecticut. It contains a diverse forest with stately trees, one of the best overlooks in the state, and “Barkhamsted Lighthouse,” a historic Indian settlement. A splendid system of interlocking trails explores this forest of the people, by the people, and for the people. The described loop incorporates several of the trails.

Peoples State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"This 3,000-acre forest, purchased by public subscription in the 1920s, stretches east from the West Branch Farmington River in northwest Connecticut.

It contains a diverse forest with stately trees, one of the best overlooks in the state, and “Barkhamsted Lighthouse,” a historic Indian settlement. A splendid system of interlocking trails explores this forest of the people, by the people, and for the people. The described loop incorporates several of the trails."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Winsted
Distance: 6.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Snowmobiling, Hunting, Fishing, Camping
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT); www.ct.gov/dep
Local Maps: State forest brochure (available online at www.ct.gov/dep and sometimes at trailhead); Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA, www.ctwoodlands.org/bookstore)
Driving Directions: Directions to Peoples State Forest

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3/31/2018
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Great hike with lots of terrain changes, little traffic and some stunning views.



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May 2018