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James L. Goodwin State Forest

Connecticut State Forest

2,003 acres in Hampton and Chaplin, CT

Parking: Lot at 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT

Trail Map


Goodwin State Forest provides one of the most complete nature experiences in the quiet corner of Connecticut.

The Goodwin Conservation Center provides educational classes and guided hikes year round on everything from Master Naturalist Program to building a survival camp to animal tracking.

Hiking

Goodwin is the southern terminus of the blue blaze Natchaug Trail. This three mile section passes old homestead foundations and the Orchard Hill overlook.

Shorter hikes can be found heading east around the 135 acre Pine Acres Pond.  Options include the yellow loop around Brown Hill Marsh, the red trail out to Governor’s Island.  In 2012, the Friends of Goodwin Forest built a new viewing platform on the island to replace one built by Forester Bob Garrepy sometime in the early 1970s.

Another option is the rocky blue/white trail that navigates the pond’s edge before passing Black Spruce Pond and reconnecting with the Natchaug trail for nearly about six mile hiking loop.  The Airline Trail State Park also passes through the forest providing a long wide flat trail that connects with other properties nearby.

Other features include the 1.6 acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens and the Forest Discovery Trail at the start of the Natchaug Trail.  There is a pavilion for picnicking that can seat 50 people, a boat launch for fishing or boating, youth group camping, and historical information kiosks.

The forest is also the site of an annual trail race of 10k and 30k distances.

History:

A History of Pine Acres Farm by James L. Goodwin


Links:

Friends of James L. Goodwin State Forest

Peter Marteka – A Journey To A Windswept Island In Goodwin State Forest

Steve at CTMQ – TSTL’16.7: James L. Goodwin Forest

Steve Broderick, Friends of Goodwin Forest build new observation platform. CFPA Woodlands Winter 2012. pg 26

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Oct. 19, 2018

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Goodwin State Forest provides one of the most complete nature experiences in the quiet corner of Connecticut.

The Goodwin Conservation Center provides educational classes and guided hikes year round on everything from Master Naturalist Program to building a survival camp to animal tracking.

Hiking

Goodwin is the southern terminus of the blue blaze Natchaug Trail. This three mile section passes old homestead foundations and the Orchard Hill overlook.

Shorter hikes can be found heading east around the 135 acre Pine Acres Pond.  Options include the yellow loop around Brown Hill Marsh, the red trail out to Governor’s Island.  In 2012, the Friends of Goodwin Forest built a new viewing platform on the island to replace one built by Forester Bob Garrepy sometime in the early 1970s.

Another option is the rocky blue/white trail that navigates the pond’s edge before passing Black Spruce Pond and reconnecting with the Natchaug trail for nearly about six mile hiking loop.  The Airline Trail State Park also passes through the forest providing a long wide flat trail that connects with other properties nearby.

Other features include the 1.6 acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens and the Forest Discovery Trail at the start of the Natchaug Trail.  There is a pavilion for picnicking that can seat 50 people, a boat launch for fishing or boating, youth group camping, and historical information kiosks.

The forest is also the site of an annual trail race of 10k and 30k distances.

History:

A History of Pine Acres Farm by James L. Goodwin


Links:

Friends of James L. Goodwin State Forest

Peter Marteka – A Journey To A Windswept Island In Goodwin State Forest

Steve at CTMQ – TSTL’16.7: James L. Goodwin Forest

Steve Broderick, Friends of Goodwin Forest build new observation platform. CFPA Woodlands Winter 2012. pg 26

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
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2,003 acres in Hampton and Chaplin, CT

Parking: Lot at 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT

Trail Map


Goodwin State Forest provides one of the most complete nature experiences in the quiet corner of Connecticut.

The Goodwin Conservation Center provides educational classes and guided hikes year round on everything from Master Naturalist Program to building a survival camp to animal tracking.

Hiking

Goodwin is the southern terminus of the blue blaze Natchaug Trail. This three mile section passes old homestead foundations and the Orchard Hill overlook.

Shorter hikes can be found heading east around the 135 acre Pine Acres Pond.  Options include the yellow loop around Brown Hill Marsh, the red trail out to Governor’s Island.  In 2012, the Friends of Goodwin Forest built a new viewing platform on the island to replace one built by Forester Bob Garrepy sometime in the early 1970s.

Another option is the rocky blue/white trail that navigates the pond’s edge before passing Black Spruce Pond and reconnecting with the Natchaug trail for nearly about six mile hiking loop.  The Airline Trail State Park also passes through the forest providing a long wide flat trail that connects with other properties nearby.

Other features include the 1.6 acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens and the Forest Discovery Trail at the start of the Natchaug Trail.  There is a pavilion for picnicking that can seat 50 people, a boat launch for fishing or boating, youth group camping, and historical information kiosks.

The forest is also the site of an annual trail race of 10k and 30k distances.

History:

A History of Pine Acres Farm by James L. Goodwin


Links:

Friends of James L. Goodwin State Forest

Peter Marteka – A Journey To A Windswept Island In Goodwin State Forest

Steve at CTMQ – TSTL’16.7: James L. Goodwin Forest

Steve Broderick, Friends of Goodwin Forest build new observation platform. CFPA Woodlands Winter 2012. pg 26

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
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2,003 acres in Hampton and Chaplin, CT

Parking: Lot at 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT

Trail Map


Goodwin State Forest provides one of the most complete nature experiences in the quiet corner of Connecticut.

The Goodwin Conservation Center provides educational classes and guided hikes year round on everything from Master Naturalist Program to building a survival camp to animal tracking.

Hiking

Goodwin is the southern terminus of the blue blaze Natchaug Trail. This three mile section passes old homestead foundations and the Orchard Hill overlook.

Shorter hikes can be found heading east around the 135 acre Pine Acres Pond.  Options include the yellow loop around Brown Hill Marsh, the red trail out to Governor’s Island.  In 2012, the Friends of Goodwin Forest built a new viewing platform on the island to replace one built by Forester Bob Garrepy sometime in the early 1970s.

Another option is the rocky blue/white trail that navigates the pond’s edge before passing Black Spruce Pond and reconnecting with the Natchaug trail for nearly about six mile hiking loop.  The Airline Trail State Park also passes through the forest providing a long wide flat trail that connects with other properties nearby.

Other features include the 1.6 acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens and the Forest Discovery Trail at the start of the Natchaug Trail.  There is a pavilion for picnicking that can seat 50 people, a boat launch for fishing or boating, youth group camping, and historical information kiosks.

The forest is also the site of an annual trail race of 10k and 30k distances.

History:

A History of Pine Acres Farm by James L. Goodwin


Links:

Friends of James L. Goodwin State Forest

Peter Marteka – A Journey To A Windswept Island In Goodwin State Forest

Steve at CTMQ – TSTL’16.7: James L. Goodwin Forest

Steve Broderick, Friends of Goodwin Forest build new observation platform. CFPA Woodlands Winter 2012. pg 26

The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. exploreCT.org gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. exploreCT.org is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated Oct. 19, 2018