Bigelow Hollow State Park

You’ll find easy to moderate and difficult hiking here depending on season and conditions. For a short, easy hike consider the Bigelow Pond Loop. If you want a challenge Mashapaug Lake offers a hike of more than 10 miles. Expect water crossings. Keep your eyes on the skies and the tree line to spot the…

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Nipmuck State Forest

Nipmuck State Forest, combined with Bigelow Hollow State Park,has 3 bodies of water range from 20 – 300 acres & offer scuba diving as well as boating. Some fees.

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

Bigelow Hollow State Park is a rare spot to scuba dive in The Last Green Valley, Bigelow Hollow has 3 popular ponds ranging from 18 acres to 300 acres.  Rock formations are great for an under water glimpse of turtles, fish and more. As a popular hiking & fishing area, parking lots can fill up…

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

Along with the Nipmuck State Forest, Bigelow Hollow comprises 9,600 acres, creating one of the largest unbroken forest areas in CT. Bigelow Pond, Mashapaug Pond and Breakneck Pond provides recreational spots; Mashapaug Pond is over 300 acres. Boating, cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting (forest only), picnicking, pond fishing, scuba diving, and snowmobiling. Facilities include boat launches, picnic tables, and pit toilets.

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Bigelow Hollow State Park & Nipmuck State Forest

Rte. 171 entrance is at Bigelow Hollow State Park; Rte. 190 entrance is at the Laurel Sanctuary. Mountain Laurel is the Connecticut State Flower. Boating, cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting, letterboxing, picnicking, pond fishing, scuba diving, and snowmobiling. Facilities include a boat launch ramp, picnic tables, and pit toilets.

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Nipmuck State Forest/Camping

Backpack camping allowed by permit along the blue-blazed trail at Breakneck East Lean-to, Breakneck South Lean-to, and Breakneck West Campsite. 1 night limit. See website for permit details. Some fees.

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

Learn and follow all of the rules, regulations and safety measures for hunting and trapping in CT & MA. Each State’s website has all the pertinent information. Whether archery or firearms, there is an assortment of game to pursue such as pheasant, turkey, water fowl, small game and deer. See websites for more details. ct.gov/deep,…

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Nipmuck State Forest

Ashford, Eastford, Union and Woodstock Learn and follow all of the rules, regulations and safety measures for hunting and trapping in CT & MA. Each State’s website has all the pertinent information. Whether archery or firearms, there is an assortment of game to pursue such as pheasant, turkey, water fowl, small game and deer. See…

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Nipmuck State Forest

The letterbox in the Nipmuck State Forest lies in a ravine along Mashapaug Pond View Trail, west of Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, in the Breakneck Block of Nipmuck. Hike in 1 mile, round trip is 2 miles, with longer hikes available. If unfamiliar with area, drive to trailhead in the Park and look…

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Breakneck Pond

Breakneck Pond is a 92 acre pond in Nipmuck Forest, walk in access only (1.2 miles) is in both CT & MA, both state licenses allowed. Fish for largemouth bass, perch, pickerel & more. No internal combustion engines, nor motor vehicles. No fee. State of CT Main Fishing Page http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322708&deepNav_GID=1630 State of CT Freshwater Fishing…

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