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Connecticut State Parks

USA Parks
Mystic Country Region
Nehantic State Forest
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Visit Nehantic State Forest and discover what the first forest in New London County has to offer.
History of the Area
Nehantic was the first state forest in New London County, and has all been purchased since 1925. Considerable difficulty was experienced in selecting the site. Although there is a great deal of wooded land in the county, it is so cut up by open farm lands that large areas of forest in one block are difficult to find. The land is mostly covered with a second growth of hardwoods. There are a number of good trout streams in the forest.

The forest takes its name from the Nehantic Indians, whose ranging grounds once extended from Wecapaug Brook, in what is now Rhode Island, to the Connecticut River. Shortly before the settlers arrived the Pequots had invaded Nehantic territory and annexed about half of the land claimed by the tribe.
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.
Nearby Accommodations
BBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
19.5 miles from park*
BBs / Inns
Located along the CT Shoreline midway between New York City and Boston, and only one hour from Hartford, with tons of local attractions both on the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.
4.9 miles from park*

Things To Do in the Area
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.
15 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 4 bring a gps device by Parks maven
The map from the State Parks Department is less than useless. Only one trail is marked (barely) and there are absolutely no markings on any of the other trails. There are no identified landmarks anywhere other than the main road, which itself has few signs. Bring a cell phone.
December 13 A Nice Eastern forest by Rich Taber
Nehantic State Forest provides a large acreage of eastern woodland for visitors to play in. It maintains a very wild atmosphere yet is fairly close to suburban areas. It offers excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, cross country skiing, and in general enjoying an excellent example of the eastern hardwood forest.
June 9 Quiet little place
Peaceful and not as busy as some of the other parks. You can park fairly close to where the picnic and swimming area is. People that go there are real friendly.
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Indianfield Campground
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Salem Farms Campground
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Witch Meadow Lake Campground
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Nearby Hotels

From I-95: Take Exit 70 and go straight at bottom of exit. Take a right at the intersection of Route 156 and Route 1. Follow Route 156 for approximately 3 miles. Forest entrance is on the left.


Connecticut State Parks