American Legion State Forest

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American Legion State Forest
Cliff face off of the Henry Buck Trail in American Legion State Forest.jpg
Cliff face along Henry Buck Trail
in American Legion State Forest.
Map showing the location of American Legion State Forest
Map showing the location of American Legion State Forest
Location in Connecticut
LocationBarkhamsted, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates41°56′10″N 73°00′37″W / 41.93611°N 73.01028°W / 41.93611; -73.01028Coordinates: 41°56′10″N 73°00′37″W / 41.93611°N 73.01028°W / 41.93611; -73.01028[1]
Area893 acres (361 ha)[2]
Elevation594 ft (181 m)[1]
DesignationConnecticut state forest
Established1927[3]
AdministratorConnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
WebsiteAmerican Legion State Forest

American Legion State Forest is a Connecticut state forest that sits on the West Branch Farmington River opposite Peoples State Forest in the town of Barkhamsted.

History[edit]

The forest's first 213 acres were given to the state by the American Legion in 1927. The forest was developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.[4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The forest's recreational offerings include canoeing on the Farmington River and hiking on the American Legion State Forest Trails system which includes the Henry Buck and Turkey Vultures Ledges trails.[4] Camping is offered at the Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground by the banks of the river.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American Legion State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of State Parks and Forests" (PDF). State Parks and Forests: Funding. Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. January 23, 2014. p. A-1. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Clues for American Legion State Forest". Connecticut State Forests Seedling Letterbox Series. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "American Legion and Peoples State Forests". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved September 28, 2013.

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