Pachaug State Forest - Green Falls Area

Green Falls Pond is a picturesque spot for hiking, swimming, fishing and picnikcing. There is also a cartop boat launch there; no motorized boats are allowed.
Green Falls Pond is a picturesque spot for hiking, swimming, fishing and picnikcing. There is also a cartop boat launch there; no motorized boats are allowed. Judy Benson/The Day

Pachaug State Forest - Green Falls Area

Towns: Voluntown and North Stonington

Directions: Take I-95 north to exit 92 (Routes 2 & 49); left off exit on Route 2 West. At traffic circle, take the first exit onto Route 184; in 3/4 mile take slight left onto Route 49. Follow for about 9 miles. A small wooden sign off Route 49 (across from field with a windmill) marks the left turn onto Green Falls Road and forest entrance; go about 3 miles down dirt road to parking area.

Where to Park: Parking area off Green Falls Road at pond. Another parking area is located off Fish Road, at Laurel Loop Trail.

Description: This area of the state's largest forest has Narragansett, Nehantic and Pachaug trails trail sections, part of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's blue-blazed trail system.

The blue/red pond loop trail is roughly two miles of moderately difficult hiking. Parts of the trail are steep and narrow; other parts are very rocky.

Blue-blazed trails are for foot travel only, but on the Pachaug Multi-use Trail, mountain bikes, horses and off-road motorcycles are allowed.

Regulations: Dogs on leash permitted; no alcohol in camping areas; closes at sunset.

Amenities: Composting toilets; swimming area; camping area; cartop boat launch (no motors); picnic tables; pond is stocked with trout.

Natural Features: Green Falls Pond and Green Falls River are some of the main features in this section of the forest.

Fees: None for day use; fees for camping.

Things to note: Narragansett and Pachaug trails continue beyond forest into Rhode Island. Hunting is permitted in sections of the forest in season.

Owned by: State Department of Environmental Protection

More information: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325072&depNav_GID=1650

A small sign off Route 49 marks the turn onto the entrance road.
A small sign off Route 49 marks the turn onto the entrance road. Judy Benson/The Day
Blue blazes and markings maintained by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association mark the main trails.
Blue blazes and markings maintained by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association mark the main trails. Judy Benson/The Day
A white pine has anchored its roots around a large rock.
A white pine has anchored its roots around a large rock. Judy Benson/The Day
Sections of the trail are very rocky.
Sections of the trail are very rocky. Judy Benson/The Day
Green Falls pond is a picturesque spot for hiking, swimming, fishing and picnicking. There is also a cartop boat launch there; no motorized boats are allowed.
Green Falls pond is a picturesque spot for hiking, swimming, fishing and picnicking. There is also a cartop boat launch there; no motorized boats are allowed. Judy Benson/The Day
The red dot trail goes atop a dam at one end of Green Falls Pond.
The red dot trail goes atop a dam at one end of Green Falls Pond. Judy Benson/The Day
Sun shines through tall oaks and pines on a bright fall day.
Sun shines through tall oaks and pines on a bright fall day. Judy Benson/The Day
Oaks are the dominant hardwood in the in the areas near the pond loop trail.
Oaks are the dominant hardwood in the in the areas near the pond loop trail. Judy Benson/The Day
A woolly caterpillar climbs up the moss-covered trunk of a tall pine.
A woolly caterpillar climbs up the moss-covered trunk of a tall pine. Judy Benson/The Day

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