Naugatuck State Forest – West Block
Connecticut State Forest
2000 acres in Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, and Oxford, CT
Parking: Medium sized dirt lot at the end of a narrow dirt road near 292 Cold Springs Rd, Beacon Falls, CT or near 332 Chestnut Tree Hill Rd Oxford, CT or at the end of Hunters Mountain Rd Naugatuck, CT
Spruce Brook Falls is located in the west block of the Naugatuck State Forest. One of the five blocks of the forest, it is a large tract west of Rt 8. There are over 16 miles of multi-use trails (non-motorized except snowmobiles). The main attractions are the falls along Spruce Brook culminating in a large cascade (see photo above) in a ravine at the end of the blue trail. There are also two overlooks one at the end of the red trail and the other .2 miles up the purple trail. Both provide views of Rt 8 and the Naugatuck River Valley.
The hiking here is definitely a hidden gem given the long pitted dirt road to the parking area. It should be passable spring through fall and is closed in the winter. Although parking just outside the gate still allows access during the winter or for those wary for their car.
The west block is also home to the High Rock Shooting Association Rifle Range as well as the Seymour Reservoirs.
Established in 1931.
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