Salmon River State Forest
|Salmon River State Forest|
Salmon River up river from the Comstock Bridge viewed from the Salmon River Trail.
|Area||6,000 acres (24 km2)|
|Governing body||Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)|
Salmon River State Forest is one of the state forests of Connecticut.
The first purchase of lands which comprise the Salmon River State Forest was made by the State Board of Fisheries and Game in 1934. The Forest now contains nearly 6,000 acres (24 km2) located in the towns of Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton. Included in the forest area is 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) that are leased from the United States government.
The towns in this area were settled during the early part of the 18th century and were typical of the early New England settlements. Streams and ponds were dammed to furnish waterpower for gristmills, tanneries, and later paper mills.
Salmon River has field sports, fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and an area for picnicking that includes picnic tables.
- Comstock's Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in eastern Connecticut. This bridge spans the Salmon River near Route 16 in East Hampton.
- Airline State Park (a rail trail) follows the former railroad bed and features the 137-foot (42 m) high Lyman Viaduct.
- A handicap accessible fly fishing area and a disabled veterans fishing area.
- The first sawmill in Marlborough was built in 1751 on the Blackledge River.
- Salmon River Trail 6.7-mile (10.8 km) Blue-Blazed hiking trail.
- "Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection". 1998-2004. Retrieved 1006-06-15.