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Tunxis State Forest
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Tunxis State Forest is approximately 9,152 acres divided into sections on both sides of the Barkhamsted Reservoir. It contains large areas of unbroken forest in the towns of Hartland, Barkhamsted, and Granby. Even at the time of the original purchases for Tunxis in 1923, much of the area was already heavily forested. This is unlike many other parts of the state that, back then, were only gradually growing into forest from farm abandonment. Today, Tunxis is part of a large area of wildland that includes adjacent property of the MDC (Metropolitan District Commission, which is a major drinking water supplier), other Connecticut state forests, and Granville State Forest in Massachusetts.

Many types of wildlife can be seen at Tunxis. Near the end of the Twentieth Century, the area was one of the earliest in the state to see moose and black bear. It is a ?working forest?, actively managed for improved forest health and diversity, and to produce forest products. It is also a popular forest recreational ?escape? for enthusiasts who like to hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and hunt
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
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February 21 most remote and peaceful place in ct by big al
park review stars; one to five beautiful woods, peace and quiet, great place to hike,never know what you might see, bear, deer,moose(yes moose),if theres any mountain lions in Connecticut this is the place
May 15 Wonderful park by N. Hines
park review stars; one to five Nice hiking trails and not crowded. Heavily forested area with absolutely beautiful scenery and little traffic getting to park. Falls Brook trail is a nice, moderate, 2 mile hike along a steam and a nice waterfall. Our favorite!
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White Pines Campground
232 Old North Road
Barkhamsted, CT

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Connecticut State Parks