Algonquin State Forest began as 92 acres in 1937, and has grown to a size of 2,545 acres today. The forest consists of several parcels in the towns of Colebrook and Winchester. The largest piece of the forest is along Sandy Brook in Colebrook. Most of the early acquisitions of Algonquin State Forest were gifts to the State.

The name ‘Algonquin’ is an Indian name meaning  “Chief”.

The forest is managed for sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, and bird watching.

Algonquin State Forest Connecticut

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Algonquin State Forest
Winsted, CT 06098, United States


How to Get There

From the junction of Route 8 and Route 20 in Winchester, proceed north on Route 8 3.0 miles and turn left on Sandy Brook Road.  Follow Sandy Brook Road 1.1 miles to the pull-off for the White Trail on the right.

Contact Details

Phone Number: (860) 424-3200
Website: Algonquin State Forest 


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Algonquin State Forest Adventures:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Algonquin State Forest is a must-visit state park in Connecticut. Check out other state parks in Connecticut here.

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