Natchaug State Forest

Explore Natchaug State Forest

Today Natchaug State Forest amounts to 13,200 acres in six towns: Ashford, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, and Pomfret.

The forest contains the headwaters of the Natchaug River (formed from the meeting of the Still River and Bigelow Brook) which provides swimming and fishing along its length.  There are forest roads, trails blazed by the CCC, a section of the blue blaze Natchaug Trail with backpacking lean-to, a designated horse trail and camp, and a historical site at Nathaniel Lyon State Park



  • Main Block
  • West Ashford Block
  • Pomfret Block


Natchaug State Forest was first known as Eastford Forest when the original 586 acres were acquired by the state in 1917.  This marked it as the 5th state forest in Connecticut.

It was the site of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Fernow from 1933 to 1941.  The men from the camp are responsible for the road, trails, and bridge within the state forest property.

Boston Turnpike Trail


145-101 CT-198, Pomfret Center, CT 06259, USA

Boston Turnpike Trail Eastford Town Park / Connecticut State Forest 104 acres in Eastford, CT Parking: Small lot near 145-101 CT-198, Pomfret, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Natchaug Trail: Lyon Rd


41.8716650, -72.0878170

Natchaug Trail – Lyon Rd Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Eastford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking across from the cemetery at Lyon Rd (41.8716650, -72.0878170) Trail Map    … Read more…