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Mohawk State Park
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Mohawk State Park is a serene natural sanctuary known for its dense forests and mountainous terrain. It offers hiking trails with panoramic views of the surrounding area from Mohawk Mountain's peak. The park also features picnic areas and winter sports opportunities like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing during snowy months. Its rich history includes being used as training grounds by ski troops during World War II.

History of the Area
Located in Cornwall, Connecticut, the park was established in 1921. It spans over 3,703 acres of forest and mountain terrain. The land was donated by White Memorial Foundation's Alain C. White.

In its early years it served as a ski area with three trails operating from around 1947 until their closure in circa-1975 due to financial difficulties.

The Mohawk Trail within the park is part of an ancient Native American path that connected Atlantic tribes with those on Lake Erie's shores.

Today it offers hiking opportunities along several miles of scenic trail including parts of Mattatuck State Forest and Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

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 Mountain Loop: This 7.1-mile loop trail features a lake and is rated as moderate, offering activities like hiking, walking, nature trips.

- Mattatuck Trail - Cornwall Section: A challenging hike of approximately 6 miles that takes you through dense forests with occasional views over the Housatonic River Valley.

- Red Blazed Mohawk Trail: An easy to moderately difficult trail stretching for about 4.5 miles; it offers scenic overlooks and opportunities for bird watching.

- Blue/Red Blazes Connector Trails: These are short trails ranging from half a mile to one mile in length connecting different sections of the park's main trails together providing more route options during hikes

- Black Spruce Bog Walkway : Less than half-a-mile long boardwalk leading hikers around an ancient bog area filled with unique plant species including black spruces

-Tower Path : Short but steep path (0.3-miles) leads directly up to the summit tower on top of Mohawk mountain which provides panoramic view points across Connecticut's landscape

-Mohican Road Long Path : Approximately two-and-half miles long this flat terrain walk along old forest roads allows visitors access into deeper parts within state park boundaries

-Cornwall Village Historic District Walking Tour - Although not strictly inside Park grounds ,this self-guided tour less than three-quarters-of-a-mile-long gives insight into local history while passing by several historic buildings dating back centuries

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Directions from Hartford, Connecticut:

- Start on I-84 W towards Waterbury.
- Take exit 39 for CT Route 4 toward Farmington/Unionville.
- Turn right onto CT Route 4 West/Farmington Ave.

From New Haven, Connecticut:

- Begin on I95 N to North Frontage Road in New Haven
- Continue driving until you reach Exit number two (2) and take a left turn at the end of it.

For those coming from Bridgeport, Connecticut:

- Get started by heading northbound along route eight (8).
- Follow this road up until you get to Torrington where there will be signs directing your way.

If traveling from Danbury, Connectictut:

- Head out eastward via Interstate eighty-four(84)
- Drive straight ahead till reaching US Highway six or seven

Regardless of starting point:

- Lookout for signage indicating Mohawk State Park as final destination is near once these are visible.

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