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Litchfield Hills Region
Mohawk State Forest
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Mohawk State Forest Parking Area Overlook © Gary Jordan
Mohawk State Forest Cunningham Tower © Gary Jordan
Entrance doorway
Mohawk State Forest Cunningham Tower © Gary Jordan
This is the remains of the stairway going up to the second floor. Notice the handrail. Beams supported the original floors.
Mohawk State Forest Cunningham Tower © Gary Jordan
Mohawk State Forest Cunningham Tower © Gary Jordan
What remains of the original stairway going up to the first story. Notice the hand rail bolted to the wall.
Mohawk State Forest Cunningham Tower © Gary Jordan
Ground level tile floor and fireplace
Mohawk State Forest Majastery in Mountains © Gary Jordan
Summer photograph at one lookout in the park.
Mohawk State Forest Cummingham Tower © Gary Jordan
Entrance Stairway
Mohawk State Forest Old Tower Remains © Gary Jordan
Visit what remains of the old Cummingham Tower.
Mohawk State Forest From Lookout Tower © Gary Jordan
Climb the lookout tower at the top of Mohawk for a panoramic view. UPDATE The observation tower no longer exists.
Mohawk State Forest Lookout Tower © Gary Jordan
Climb at your own risk to get an expansive view of the surrounding area. UPDATE The Observation Tower was torn down. Nothing is left but the foundation mounts.
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A clear, cold river cascades through Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. One of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts, the state forest offers visitors a taste of real wilderness in a rustic setting. Over 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, deep gorges and tall old-growth trees support a diversity of plant and animal life. 56 wooded campsites are available seasonally, and six overnight log cabins are available year-round.Discover miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing, a swimming area, and a day-use picnic area. The state forest is located along and named for the Mohawk Trail a historic Native American foot path that connected the Connecticut and Hudson River Valleys. Sections of this route are open for hiking today as the Mahican-Mohawk Trail.
History of the Area
In total, the White Memorial Foundation contributed over 2,900 acres to the acquisition of the forest, starting in 1921. The rugged hills of this wildlife sanctuary provide panoramic vistas. A black spruce bog offers the visitor the opportunity to view a unique plant community.
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.
Mohawk State Forest in Connecticut is a beautiful place to explore, but it does not offer traditional camping facilities. However, there are several nearby campgrounds and RV parks where you can stay while visiting the forest:

1. Lone Oak Campsites: Located just 20 minutes from Mohawk State Forest, this campground offers tent sites as well as full hook-up RV sites.

2. Cozy Hills Campground: This family-friendly campground has both rustic campsites for tents and deluxe ones with electricity and water supply for trailers or motorhomes.

3. White Pines Campsite: Situated about half an hour away from the state forest, they provide various amenities including swimming pool access along with their standard camping options.

4. Hemlock Hill Camp Resort & Livery: Offers wooded tenting areas alongside trailer spaces equipped with modern conveniences like Wi-Fi connectivity etc.,.

5. Gentile's Family: Style Camping Grounds: A pet friendly site that also provides fishing opportunities besides regular accommodation services.

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1. Mohawk Trail: This is the longest trail in the forest, stretching over 24 miles and offering a challenging hike with steep inclines and rocky terrain.

2. Mattatuck Trail: A moderate difficulty level trail that spans about 6 miles through dense woods, featuring beautiful views of Black Spruce Bog.

3. Tunxis State Forest Loop: An easy to moderate looped hiking route spanning approximately 4-5 hours covering scenic landscapes including streams, waterfalls and wildflowers during springtime.

4. Red Blazed Mohawk Connector Trails: These are shorter trails connecting different parts of the main Mohawk Trail; they offer less strenuous hikes suitable for beginners or those looking for short walks within nature's beauty.

5. Appalachian National Scenic Trial Section - Falls Village To Cornwall Bridge: It offers an adventurous journey across varied terrains like forests, fields & river valleys providing panoramic vistas along its course.

6. Cornwall Hollow Preserve Hiking Route: A relatively flat path ideal for family outings which meanders around wetlands teeming with wildlife sightings such as birds & amphibians.

7. Mohawk Pond Area Trails: Shorter paths surrounding this serene pond area perfect for leisurely strolls while enjoying bird watching activities.

8. Breadloaf Mountain Summit Pathway: Steep uphill climb leading up to breathtaking summit view points overlooking vast expanses of Connecticut's lush greenery.

9. Dark Entry Ravine Nature Walks: Easy walking routes amidst tranquil settings showcasing diverse flora/fauna species native to these woodlands.

10. Great Oak Lookout Point Track: Moderate intensity pathway culminating at a lookout point presenting stunning sunset/sunrise scenes against backdrop of Great Oak tree silhouette.

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Area Campgrounds
Cozy Hills Campground
1311 Route 202 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT
Lone Oak Campsites
360 Norfolk Road
East Canaan, CT
Hemlock Hill Camp Resort
118 Hemlock Hill Road
Litchfield, CT

From the South: take Route 8 north, Exit 42, (Harwinton Exit). Proceed west on Route 118 to the center of Litchfield, and then go north on Route 63 to the rotary in Goshen Center. Take Route 4 west from Goshen approximately 4 miles to the entrance on the left for Mohawk State Forest.

From the North: take Route 7 south onto Route 63 south to the rotary in Goshen, then Route 4 west to Mohawk State Forest.

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