MASSACOE STATE FOREST
Massacoe State Forest was originally called the Simsbury Forest. It began with the first purchase of 119 acres in 1908. In 1949, it went from 244 acres to 99 acres when much of the forest went to the Parks Division to become Stratton Brook State Park. Thanks to the donation of the Great Pond property by James L. Goodwin through his will and another small acquisition, Massacoe State Forest is now 399 acres.
The forest is managed for sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities such as hiking, jogging, fishing, and bird watching.
The proximity of Stratton Brook to the Hartford metropolitan area has made it one of the better known small parks of the State. It was originally called Massacoe State Forest and was acquired to demonstrate forest fire control adjacent to railroads. The railroad tracks have been replaced by an impressive bike trail shaded by white pines and traveling over scenic brooks. In 1996, this park became Connecticut's first state park that is completely accessible by wheelchair.
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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.
31.6 miles from park*
Restored and updated to a 5 room inn, centrally located in the pastoral yet progressive town of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Just steps from either a medley of casual to fine dining restaurants or from quiet walks along the Connecticut River. A fusion of the historic past with the style, artistry and conveniences of the new millennium.
16.6 miles from park*
From the south and east: take I-91 north, Exit 36 (Route 178). Take a left at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 178 west. At the intersection of Route 178 and Route 185, turn right onto Route 185. Follow Route 185 to the intersection of Routes 10 and 202. Turn right onto Routes 10 and 202 north; go 1.8 miles to the intersection of Route 309. Turn left onto Route 309. Follow Route 309 for 1.6 miles to Stratton Brook on the left.
From the north: take I-91 south, Exit 40 (Route 20 west). Follow Route 20 west to the center of Granby. At the intersection of Routes 10 and 202, turn left onto Routes 10 and 202. Follow Routes 10 and 202 for 6.1 miles to the junction of Route 309. Turn right onto Route 309, and then follow Route 309 for 1.6 miles to Stratton Brook on the left.
From the west: take Route 44 east to the intersection of Routes 10 and 202. Turn left onto Routes 10 and 202 and follow for 4.6 miles to the intersection of Route 309. Turn left onto Route 309 and follow Route 309 for 1.6 miles to Stratton Brook on the left.