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Mystic Country Region
Mystic Country Region
Mashamoquet Brook State Forest
Mashamoquet Brook State Forest
147 Wolf Den Drive
Pomfret Center, Connecticut   06259

Phone: 860-928-6121
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Reservations: 860-928-6121
History of the Area
The region was once the domain of the Mohegan Chief Uncas. The name Mashamoquet is Indian for "stream of good fishing" and originally was applied to the entire area. Later, Captain John Sabin built a house here to serve as an outpost and the settlement gradually increased in size. In 1723, parish and township privileges were granted and the town became Pomfret, named after Pontefract in Yorkshire, England.The present park area is actually a combination of three parks: the original 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.The most famous feature is the Wolf Den into which, on a night in 1742, Israel Putnam crept and shot a wolf that for years had preyed upon local sheep and poultry. Israel Putnam was later to gain fame as a Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.Near the Den are the Table Rock and Indian Chair natural stone formations. The Indian Chair is a wide seat-shaped ledge. In the section that is now the entrance to Mashamoquet Brook State Park, there once operated a cider mill, grist mill and wagon shop. The mill dam and pond went out during the flood of 1938. Now only the grist mill is still in existence. It is maintained as a museum by the Pomfret Historical Society. The mill is open on a regular basis and staffed by members of the Historical Society who provide interpretation for all interested visitors.
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Nearby Accommodations
Friendship Valley Inn - Brooklyn, CTBBs / Inns
A Bed Breakfast in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut on Route 169, a National Scenic Byway.
5 miles from park*

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Things To Do in the Area
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
39.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 25 Walk your dog thru classic New England by Charles
This park/forest is a true delight. Classic southern New England landscape. Impeccably maintained trails and inobtrusive park services. I walk the trails with my dog every time I am in this area of Connecticut ...worth going out of my way to do. Absolutely refreshing! Get trail map at

Area Campgrounds
Beaver Pines Campground
1728 Route 198
Woodstock, CT
Chamberlain Lake Campground
1397 Route 197
Woodstock, CT
Brialee RV & Tent Park Inc
174 Laurel Lane
Ashford, CT
Nickerson Park Campground
1036 Phoenixville Road
Chaplin, CT
Stateline Camping Resort
1639 Hartford Turnpike
East Killingly, CT
Charlie Brown Campground
98 Chaplin Road
Eastford, CT
Peppertree Camping
146 Chaplin Road
Eastford, CT
River Bend Campground
41 Pond Street
Oneco, CT
Highland Campground
42 Toleration Road
Scotland, CT
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Warren Conference Center Inn - Ashland, MAHotels/Motels
Located on over 100 wooded lakefront acres, overlooking Ashland State Park. Right out our front door you get to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Easy access to trails for hiking, and an area for swimming. Come and enjoy all that Ashland State Park has to offer, and stay at the Warren Center right next door.
37.9 miles from park*

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Mystic Country Region
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Mashamoquet Brook State Forest
Mashamoquet Brook State Forest