NOTICE: Amplified music, bounce houses and other play equipment are NOT ALLOWED. Please call the park directly, before making a reservation, if you have questions regarding other rules and regulations. Additional information can also be found at: http://www.ct.gov/dep

PEOPLE'S FOREST PICNIC SHELTER, CT

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: Tue Jun 30 2015   Later Dates

Book a Campsite at PEOPLE'S FOREST PICNIC SHELTER, CT

Enter Dates

Narrow Results




Alerts and Important Information
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.

1 site(s) found
ALL (1)
     Available online       Unavailable online
1 site(s) found
ALL (1)
Campsite Search Results: 1-1 of 1 Previous | Next
Site# Loop Site type Max # of people Equip length/ Driveway Amenities Online availability
Campsite Search Results: 1-1 of 1 Previous | Next
Peoples Forest Picnic Shelter PAVILION 100 Accessible 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
Enter Date
Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
Photos
Photo: PEOPLE'S FOREST PICNIC SHELTER
Overview

Description

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.

Geography:

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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

Nearby Attractions:

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

Booking Window
Sat Aug 02 2014 - Tue Jun 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sat May 24 2014 Tue Sep 02 2014
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
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
Local Attractions
Do you have a Local Attraction?
Add your listing to this page, Now!

Featured Attractions

Sports and Recreations

Wintonbury Hills Golf Course

Located in Bloomfield, Connecticut just 15 minutes from Hartford and easily accessible to I-91 and Bradley International Airport, Wintonbury Hills provides golfers with a beautifully conditioned course in a peaceful and relaxing setting. From the moment that you arrive, our friendly and professional staff will provide a private club experience to members and guests alike, at a surprisingly affordable price for a Pete Dye masterpiece.
206 Terry Plains Rd, Bloomfield, CT, 06002
860-242-1401
Distance*: 13.08 miles

Sports and Recreations

Gillette Ridge Golf Club

At Gillette Ridge you will enjoy one of your best golfing experiences ever. Gillette Ridge will challenge, amaze and excite you as you maneuver through a variety of terrain; tree-lined fairways, spectacular carries and several natural obstacles. Gillette Ridge was named to honor Francis Gillette, a local 19th century reformer, politician and business leader, whose house still stands on the site.
1360 Hall Blvd, Bloomfield, CT, 06002
860-726-1430
Distance*: 15.09 miles
*All Distances shown are as-the-crow-flies (measured as a straight line between two points). See Driving Directions for approximate driving distances.
Fees and Cancellation Policies
Getting There
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.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

PEOPLE'S FOREST PICNIC SHELTER
EAST RIVER ROAD (P.O. BOX 1)
PLEASANT VALLEY  CT  06063

Phone Number:

Information:  (860)379-2469
Additional Information