Sunday, March 4, 2012

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: March 4, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Some mud and blowdowns
Observations/Information: I hiked on the Blue Trails (closed to bikes), the White Trail, and some unmarked trails. This is the wettest I have seen the property, and there was lots of mud in the low spots, some of which have bypasses built around them. My group saw a number of people with dogs, most of whom had parked on Rt. 42. I cleared some bent and snapped branches that were hanging over various trails, but overall, the trails were reasonably clear. I encountered TA Keith Coughlin and two buddies on bikes in there. Keith told me about some of the work he has done to get people out of the mud. One example is the bog bridge and rock work seen in the picture. There's another just like it nearby. Keith said he plans to install a boardwalk leading to the bridge over Brooksvale stream. People can hop from rock to rock on foot, but on bike you have to ride through lots of mud. Print your own forest map at
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: White and unmarked
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 4
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7 miles
Images/Photos: Naug. Forest log bridge.jpg
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