Hike, Stay, Eat, Shop in the Last Green Valley
TRAILS TO HIKE
With more than 130 miles of trails, at least 25 recreation areas, and countless campgrounds, this valley’s the ultimate in green.
Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
Bigger is better–9,600 acres (combined with Nipmuck State Forest) of scuba diving, fishing, hiking, and biking. Epic mountain laurel in June. 860-684-3430; ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
James l. Goodwin State Forest, Hampton
All kinds of foliage and flowers, fishing and hiking, plus a natural science and forestry museum. 860-424-3200; ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield
Big water–that’s Lake Naubesatuck. Water sports and hiking. 860-928-6121; ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret
Check out Wolf Den, Indian Chair, and Table Rock. 860-928-6121; ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
There’s no shortage of inns and B&Bs; here’s a handful to get you started.
Chickadee Cottage B&B, Pomfret Center
As cute as it sounds, with two options: Carriage House and Lower Nest, available as short-term rentals or for families with children. 860-963-0587; chickadeecottage.com
Feather Hill B&B, Pomfret
Beautiful country rooms or a separate cottage with gas fireplace. 860-963-0522; featherhillbedandbreakfast.com
The Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock
Cozy rooms, canopy beds, fireplaces, and country dining in a large, 1816 Federal mansion. 860-928-0528; woodstockhill.com
Go to visitthelastgreenvalley.info and click on “Campgrounds” for a full listing (more than 35).
85 Main, Putnam
The Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn
Mansion at Bald Hill, South Woodstock
A former Gilded Age estate, it’s gone green, with a seasonal menu and local produce. 860-974-3456; mansionatbaldhill.com
Still River Cafe, Eastford
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.