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Naugatuck State Forest
NAUGATUCK STATE FOREST
NAUGATUCK STATE FOREST
Naugatuck State Forest
'Upper Spruce Brook Falls High Rock'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Spruce Brook Falls'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Spruce Brook Falls'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Spruce Brook Falls'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls VI'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls V'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls IV'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls III'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls II'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Ghost Falls I'
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Naugatuck State Forest
'Spruce Brook Falls'
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Naugatuck State Forest

Naugatuck State Forest covers almost 5,000 acres and is spread across Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Oxford, Bethany, Hamden, Cheshire, Ansonia, and Seymour. It is organized into five Blocks, named West, East, Mt. Sanford, Quillinan Reservoir, and Great Hill.

The Forest originated with Harris Whittemore, an industrialist and member of the State Forest and Park Commission. In 1921, Mr. Whittemore began buying parcels of land in the Naugatuck Valley, intending to donate them to the State. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to realize his dream, but after his death in 1928, his family continued to acquire land, and in 1931, almost 2,000 acres were donated in his memory.

The Forest is managed for sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities such as hiking, hunting, mountain biking, bird-watching, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
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Rent My Camper.com, Inc - Shirley, NYMotor Home Campers
We'll Hook You Up with all the comforts of home including heat and AC. We deliver, setup and pickup. Our campers sleep up to 10. Just bring your food and clothes we've covered everything else, even clean linens and towels Camper is supplied with pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, all your kitchen needs.
47.8 miles from park*


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RiverQuest-Connecticut River Expeditions - Haddam, CTBoating
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
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Our Shoreline Bike Boat Tour is a leisurely paced guided ride along the coast on gently rolling hills. We combine it with a narrated 45 minute boat tour of the lovely Thimble Islands. If you have your own bikes and helmets, bring them. Custom guided rides are also available. Minimum age allowed is 16 yrs. old. The bicycle guide, boat tour, bikes, helmets and refreshments are all provided, all you need is your energy
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 26 Hidden gem of CT by Ron
This forest is one of the best around - cliffs looking out to scenic views, fantastic hiking, rivers and waterfalls, and almost no one goes here, why? Well, the roads are in such poor condition the state had to close them and it doesn't look like they will plan on any improvements is near future. It's a shame really, it a much better place to visit than Sleeping Giant.
October 4 Great place to hike
We love it here and hike different segments of the forest 5-6 times a week. It is quiet, not busy, and and has some beautiful spots if you search around a little bit. Great spot for dogs to run free to if they are friendly.
April 15 Off Trail by Tom
I love hiking here and have not found many other places in CT where one can hike so far in relative privacy. One note though is that you should be very careful of ticks. I have been flicking between 15 to 20 off of my pants every time I hike. Going off trail is a good way to find some really beautiful hidden waterfalls and other really neat spots.
November 14 Great by Pete
I kill a variety of game here. Good times.
June 8 Awesome Waterfalls by SWL
The forest is quite large with many interesting boulders and other geological features. What struck me most was the large system of waterfalls off Black Forest Road. These falls are some of the most impressive I have seen in the state. The waterfalls are cascading and fairly large, but not so large that you cannot climb around on the rocks(just be careful). That being said, I was disappointed by some of the beer cans and plastic bottles scattered around in this location.
May 7 hiking fools
i have been hiking high rock for many years and within the past few years have expanded my travels to off the beaten path and must say there are miles of trails in here that wind around the place and we have planned a hike that takes most of the day to walk but is very scenic parking at the top of high rock in Naugatuck and walking the trail that passes by 3 of the oxford reservoirs and and finally walking the logging road from the power lines in beacon falls back to the the top parking spot(look down on this last part there is a surprise all in the gravel road). The whole thing takes about 6 hours including breaks and time to soak up the view ENJOY!!
April 3 I LOVE THIS PLACE! by Hiker520
I hike the Oxford Reservoirs (all 4 of them) about once a week! I really enjoy it up there. I saw my first snake of the season on March 21, and saw another one today, April 3. My goal within the next 2 years is to hike the NSF in its entirety. One thing I noticed about the reservoirs, especially #4 (Chestnut Tree Hill Rd, Oxford) is that parts of the trail are washed out and very rocky. Be Careful!
February 1 In need of a good map by sir-runs-o-lot
This place is wonderful. I discovered it today after work and took a good trail run here. A perfect day in a quite place.
June 9 a land never seen by Whitney
I have never been here but my thoughts of Phil will wander through it i am sure of that!
May 27 The beginning of a true love by Melissa Cegielski
This is one of the greatest places in my memory.My true love who recently passed, Phil Gallant,spent most of his free time here,along with friends,and family.His spirit will forever live in the family,and friends of him when we visit here!Thank-you!


Area Campgrounds

Totoket Valley RV Park
244 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT
203-484-0099


Gentile's Campground
223 Mount Tobe Road Route 262
Plymouth, CT
860-283-8437


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast - Madison, CTBBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
Web Site: thetidewater.com/
25.5 miles from park*
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