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Pachaug State Forest 'Mt. Misery' © June L. Mita
The highest point in Patchaug State Forest is Mount Misery. We did not realize there was a way up to the top which commands a nice view of the surrounding area. This way up was absolutely impassable unless you had some mountain climbing gear, which we didnt.
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Connecticut
Mystic Country Region
Pachaug State Forest
PACHAUG STATE FOREST
PACHAUG STATE FOREST
Pachaug State Forest
'Mt. Misery'

The highest point in Patchaug State Forest is Mount Misery. We did not realize there was a way up to the top which commands a nice view of the surrounding area. This way up was absolutely impassable unless you had some mountain climbing gear, which we didnt.

Pachaug State Forest
'Hummingbird Moth and Water Hyacinth'

A hummingbird moth drinks nectar from a water hyacinth. This particular spot was near the entrance in a small marsh area with a bridge that spanned the marsh.

Pachaug State Forest
'Swan Family'

Pachaug State Forest has a wonderful marsh area near the beginning of the park. This family of swans were swimming across the marsh, away from me unfortunately.

Pachaug State Forest is the largest State Forest in Connecticut encompassing 24,000 acres, in 5 towns. There are two areas, the Chapman Area and the Green Falls Area.
History of the Area
Pachaug State Forest began with a land purchase in Voluntown, in 1928. At present, Pachaug covers about 24,000 acres in six towns, and is the largest forest in the State system. The word "Pachaug" is derived from the Indian term meaning bend or turn in the river. The Pachaug River, running from Beach Pond to the Quinebaug River, runs through the center of the forest.

Indians of the Narragansett, Pequot, and Mohegan tribes in habited this area in great number. During the last half of the seventeenth century, the Narragansetts and Pequots were defeated by the combined force of the Colonists and the Mohegans, when in 1700, a six mile square tract was granted to the Indian War Veterans. Eventually, the central portion of this land grant became "Volunteer's Town," incorporated as Voluntown in 1721.

Old cellar holes and miles of stone fence winding through the woods give evidence that the entire forest was once farmed or pastured. Abundant water encouraged the establishment of a mill industry as early as 1711. Nearly every brook has several old mill sites and dams. Homestead farming and small industry succumbed to advancing modern technology; the forest reclaims its land.
Nearby Accommodations
Friendship Valley Inn - Brooklyn, CTBBs / Inns
A Bed Breakfast in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut on Route 169, a National Scenic Byway.
12.9 miles from park*
Boats and RVs
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.
76.6 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.
Web Site: ctriverquest.com
35.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 24 Awesome! A+++ by Nathan Testerman
The campsite is amazing, quiet, peaceful, and spacious. My buddy and I went up in mid October and we had a great time. Huge fire pit in everysite, pretty good off-roading, and hiking trails were everywhere! I am going back the week of thanksgiving as well. This place is great!
November 7 Place in my novel by Old Nutmegger
If anyone has pics of Green Falls please upload them to this site, the setting of my novel is in Pachaug St. Forest and Sterling. Thanks!
August 18 Pristine waters for swimming by RI neighbor
The swimming area has a clean sandy bottom. The water is pure and clean. When you come out of the water, your skin feels and smells clean. The water has been so nice and warm for swimming. A true summer pleasure.
April 30 Breathtaking! by Donna
I visited this park in 2005 for the first time and found it to be the most incredible experience. There is something very special in the air all around. The waterfall is photgraphed in my heart..Thank You to all the voluneers that keep this wonderful park so beautiful.


Area Campgrounds

Odetah Camping Resort
38 Bozrah St Ext
Bozrah, CT
860-889-4144


Stateline Camping Resort
1639 Hartford Turnpike
East Killingly, CT
860-774-3016


Campers World of Connecticut
28 Nowakowski Road
Griswold, CT
860-376-2340


Countryside Campground
75 Cook Hill Road
Griswold, CT
860-376-0029


Deer Haven Campground LLC
65 Preston Allen Road
Lisbon, CT
860-376-1081


Ross Hill Park
170 Ross Hill Road
Lisbon, CT
860-376-9606


Mystic KOA
#118 Route 49
North Stonington, CT
860-599-5101


River Bend Campground
41 Pond Street
Oneco, CT
860-564-3440


Hidden Acres Family Campground
47 River Road
Preston, CT
860-887-9633


Strawberry Park Resort Campground
42 Pierce Road
Preston, CT


Highland Campground
42 Toleration Road
Scotland, CT
860-423-5684


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Directions
To the Chapman Area:

From the South: take I-395 north, Exit 85. Go through the 1st light at the next stop light. Take a right onto Route 138 east. Follow for 9 miles to Voluntown then take a left onto Route 49 north. Forest entrance will be 1 mile ahead on the left.

From the North: take I-395 south, Exit 85. At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 138 east. Follow for 9 miles then take a left onto Route 49 north. Forest entrance will be 1 mile on the left.

To the Green Falls Area:

The Green Falls Area of the Pachaug State Forest can be accessed by taking Route 138 east from exit 85 off of Route 395. Follow Route 138 east, 8.3 miles to the forest entrance.

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