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Litchfield Hills Region
American Legion State Forest
American Legion State Forest Farmington Canal Heritage Trail © Louis Galgano
Canal under bridge
American Legion State Forest Farmington River I © Gary Jordan
Fishing for trout is a favored sport here.
American Legion State Forest Austin F. Hawes Campground © Gary Jordan
This campgrounds is next to the Farmington River. There are plenty of trees and trails to hike right out your tent or camper door.
American Legion State Forest Farmington River II © Gary Jordan
Remants of old bridge
American Legion State Forest Farmington River II © Gary Jordan
Mother Nature is very well preserved along shores of the river in this area.
American Legion State Forest Austin F. Hawes Campground © Gary Jordan
Bathrooms and showers make this campground a very civil place to stay.
American Legion State Forest Farmington Canal © Louis Galgano
Canal Lock 12 and Museum.
P.O. Box 1
Pleasant Valley, Connecticut   06063

Phone: 860-424-3200
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Established in 1925 to protect the streamflow at the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish Rivers, the Northern-Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 222,000 acres. This is the largest state property in Wisconsin and the most visited. Over two million visitors come to the state forest each year to enjoy a wide array of recreational activities.

The forest is characterized by its abundance of scenic lakes and streams. There are over 900 lakes that lie within the forest boundary and there are numerous streams and rivers. These water resources lend sports enthusiasts and recreationalists to a variety of activities on this magnificent state forest.

Hiking through the forest means seeing and appreciating the beauty of the forest, swamps, lake shores and streams. The abundance of trails throughout the forest provide an excellent way to listen to a variety of birds, to view wildlife and to observe the diverse plant species found here.

A wide variety of wildlife and bird species that occur in northern Wisconsin can be found within the forest. Common wildlife that can be seen include deer, beaver, otter, fox, coyote and black bear. Goshawks, blue jays, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, chickadees and song sparrows are just a few of the hundred or so bird species that can be seen or heard in the forest. Be sure to keep your eyes open to see a soaring bald eagle or your ears tuned in to hear a loon or two.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 15 We go here every summer! by Sue
My family loves to hike the trails, fish different lakes and play at the Crystal Lake beach! We especially love all the bike trails! Each day we do something new! This is a great area!
May 3 kayaking, Walking trails, pet friendly by skychef
Close to town of Winsted.Stores near\by cinema. Deep in woods quiet Farmington river kayack, fish.
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Area Campgrounds
White Pines Campground
232 Old North Road
Barkhamsted, CT
Lone Oak Campsites
360 Norfolk Road
East Canaan, CT

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Northern Highlands-American Legion State Forest

DNR Woodruff Service Center

8770 Hwy J

Woodruff, WI 54568


Connecticut State Parks