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MASHAMOQUET BROOK STATE PARK, CT
DescriptionMashamouquet Brook State Park boasts both impressive geological features and an interesting trail system that provides access to all the areas and features of the park. The most famous park feature is the Wolf Den, into which Israel Putman, later a Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary war, crept one night in 1742, to shoot a wolf that had preyed upon local sheep and poultry. Near the Den are the Table Rock and Indian chair stone formations. The park's entrance was once the site of a cider mill, grist mill and wagon shop. The old grist mill is maintained as a museum by the Pomfret Historical Society, whose members provide interpretation for interested visitors.
Mashamouquet Brook State Park consists of 1,000 acres and is located in Pomfret, Ct. The park was formed by combining three parks: Mashamoquet Brook, Wolf Den, and Saptree Run. A large portion of the park was public domain even prior to the State Park and Forest Commission's creation in 1914, due to the foresight of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who had purchased the Wolf Den parcel in 1899. The State purchased this section from them in 1924 for the original 1899 price and added it to the first Mashamoquet Brook parcel which had been a gift of former Pomfret resident Sarah Fay. These areas, other purchases, and gifts (notably, in 1957, the 148 acre Hotchkins Wolf Den Farm parcel) have been combined to form the present 900-acre park.
Activities include picnicking, fishing, hiking, swimming, and field sports.
Two camping areas are available. The Mashamoquet Brook Campground has 20 wooded sites, with outhouses, drinking water and a nearby dumping station. The Wolf Den Campground offers 35 campsites, with restrooms, showers, drinking water, and a dumping station.ÃÂ The campgrounds are open from mid-April through Columbus Day. Campgroundsmay also be reserved for youth group camping. Additional park facilities include restrooms, concessions, picnic shelters, and picnic tables.
Nearby parks include Mansfield Hollow State Park, Natchaug State Forest, and Quaddick State Park.
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Alerts and Important InformationCampgrounds contains 53 sites divided into two loops. The Wolf Den Field loop has 35 sites numbered 1 through 35 in mostly open campsites with flush toilets, showers, drinking water, paved site pads and dumping station. The Mashamoquet loop has 18 sites numbered 41 through 60 (no sites #47 and 58) in wooded campsites with centrally located compost toilets for sanitary facilities. All sites have a fire ring and picnic table.
In an effort to protect Connecticut's forests from the introduction and spread of destructive insect pests - in particular the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle - the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is taking the following action:
Prohibiting the bringing of firewood into state of Connecticut campgrounds and state parks from other states. As an alternative, firewood can be either purchased at the camp stores within the state campgrounds or at local retail sellers of firewood.
Getting There:Wolf Den Campground
147 Wolf Den Drive
Mashamoquet Brook Campground
320 Mashamoquet Road
From the east/Providence, RI: Take Route 6 west onto Route 101 west. Go west on Route 101 through Dayville, until it ends at Route 44 in Pomfret. Continue straight ahead onto Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile; Mashamoquet Brook State Park will be on your left.
From the west/Hartford: Take Route 84 east, Exit 69. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Route 74 east. Go east on Route 74 until it ends. At the end of Route 74, take a left onto Route 44 east for approximately 10.9 miles; Mashamoquet Brook State Park will be on your right.
From the north: Go south on Route 395; take Exit 93. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Route 101 west. Go west on Route 101 until it ends at Route 44. Continue straight ahead onto Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile; Mashamoquet Brook State Park will be on your left.
From the south/Norwich: Take Route 395 north, Exit 93. At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 101 West. Stay on Route 101 until it ends at Route 44. Continue straight ahead on Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile; Mashamoquet Brook State Park will be on your left.
Mailing Address:MASHAMOQUET BROOK STATE PARK
147 WOLF DEN DRIVE
POMFRET CENTER CT 06259
Phone Number:Information: (860)928-6121