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The American Legion and People's State Forests total 3,900 acres and are located in Barkhamsted, CT. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, divides the two forests and is the center point of river-based recreational...
Status: Open through Tue Nov 11 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Sep 21 2015   Later Dates


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You can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance

All Parking fees are additional and will be collected on arrival at the gate. 1.) No personal vehicles or caterers vehicles permitted up to pavilion.
2.) Handicap vehicles will be permitted by calling forest office in advance and making arrangements.
3.) No generators.

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The American Legion and People's State Forests total 3,900 acres and are located in Barkhamsted, CT. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, divides the two forests and is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Rugged terrain with steep, rocky hillsides typifies the remainder of the forest. Other attractions include the 200 year old white pine picnic groves in the Matthies Grove and Whittemore Recreation Areas, over 11 miles of hiking trails, the Barkhamsted Lighthouse and other cultural and historic sites.


Located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, the initial 213 acres of People's State Forest were a gift from the American Legion in 1927, to provide citizens an example of proper forest management, as observed by U.S. soldiers throughout Europe during World War I.


The park's signature trail, the Henry Buck Trail, leads through the forest to the ruins of an old cheese box mill, climbs the cliffs, and continues down the north slope. The park offers many other hikes on its eleven miles of trails, as well as cycling on park roads. Seasonal interpretive programs and displays on forestry, mammals, Native American culture, and local history are based at the Stone Museum, open weekends between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Visitors are also welcome to camp, hunt, trap, picnic, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile, ice hike, go boating, canoeing, and kayaking, play field sports, and fish.


Park facilities include restrooms, picnic shelters, picnic tables, and a seasonally-opened museum.

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Nearby state parks include Burr Pond State Park, Penwood State Park, and Stratton Brook State Park.

Booking Window
Tue Oct 28 2014 - Mon Sep 21 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

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Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Wed Sep 03 2014 Tue Nov 11 2014
Walk In Wed Apr 01 2015 Fri May 22 2015
Peak Sat May 23 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
Walk In Tue Sep 08 2015 Sat Nov 14 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bike Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing - River
  • Climbing
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing - Freshwater
  • Flush Toilet
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Museum
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playing Fields
  • Public Drinking Water Taps
  • Recycling Center
  • Restroom
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Softball Field
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Grocery Store
  • Hunting Supplies
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Walk-In Medical Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
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Off Route 44, take Route 318 in Barkhamsted. Go across the steel bridge, and take an immediate left onto East River Road. The recreation area is approximately 1 mile up on the left.
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