Located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, the initial 213 acres of this forest were a gift from the American Legion in 1927 to provide citizens an example of proper forest management as observed by U.S. soldiers throughout Europe during World War I.

The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing.

Rugged terrain with steep, rocky hillsides typifies the remainder of the forest. The Henry Buck Trail, which winds through the forest for 2.1 miles, passes by historic mill sites and offers a view of beautiful rock formations as well as the river valley. The Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground provides thirty spacious campsites near the river. Pets on a leash are permitted. Campers may have one pet per campsite.


American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted Connecticut
Barkhamsted, CT 06063, USA



8 a.m. to sunset.


  • $17/night CT residents
  • $27/night non-CT residents
  • Reservations – $9.00 for each reservation
  • Walk-in Registrations – $3.00 per stay at American Legion


Contact Details

Telephone: (860) 424-3200

Fax: (860) 424-4070

Official Website: American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted:


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


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