Peoples State Forest

Winsted, Connecticut 6063

Peoples State Forest

Peoples State Forest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"With the adjacent American Legion Forest, the Peoples Forest combines to form an impressive array of conserved lands on both sides of the Wild and Scenic Farmington River. Connecticut acquired the first portions of both forests in the mid-1920s. The American Legion Forest was donated to the state with the hope of demonstrating proper forest management. Around the same time, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association spearheaded an effort to assemble the Peoples Forest. Today, visitors flock to the area for swimming, fishing, and exploring the more than 10 miles of hiking trails that weave throughout. This nearly 5-mile loop showcases stands of old timber, scenic ledges, and tranquil wetlands." Read more

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Great hike with lots of terrain changes, little traffic and some stunning views.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
6.1 miles
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5-4.5 hours
Spring through fall
Snowmobiling, Hunting, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
State forest brochure (available online at and sometimes at trailhead); Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA,
Local Maps

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Dec 2018