DEEP: Ski Touring - CT State Parks and Forests

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The Department of Environmental Protection wishes to encourage the expansion of ski touring as an environmentally sound form of recreation.  (We use the term "ski touring" since our trail tracks are not machine-set nor groomed.)  One of the oldest winter activities known to man, ski touring has enjoyed an enthusiastic revival and new growth in Connecticut during the past few years.
Signage
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Look for our brown and white signs showing a stylized skier, direction arrow, and a degree of difficulty symbol.
Three degrees of difficulty are used, a green circle for "easy," a blue square for "more difficult," and a black diamond for "most difficult."
Safety
Important to your safety are the ski touring signs with the red "do not enter" slash.  These are placed on trails that may be good for summer hiking but are dangerous for skiing.  Our trails are not groomed and, except where noted, trails are not patrolled nor is rescue service provided.  Don't ski alone and be sure to notify friends or relatives of where you'll be.
There are no basic restrictions that would prohibit ski touring in any of Connecticut's State Parks or Forests. However, to provide a common level of service, the following parks and recreation areas have been selected for DEP's Ski Touring.
Ski Touring Directory
CHATFIELD HOLLOW STATE PARKKillingworth
Winter parking for 12 vehicles is located to the right and 30 vehicles to the left of the main entry.  Ski trail is main road and dirt service road.  Round trip for the main road is 3 miles, 8 miles for the service road.  Terrain is both flat and hilly with coniferous and hardwood areas.  Pit toilets are located along the main road.
COLLIS P. HUNTINGTON STATE PARKBethel
Winter parking for 20 vehicles is located at entry.  A network of trails covers a flat and rolling terrain of hardwoods.  Pit toilet is located part way down hill from parking area.
FLAHERTY FIELD TRIAL AREA, East Windsor
Winter parking for 15 vehicles and pit toilets are located at trail head.  Main trail is 2 mile loop road surrounded by open gentle hills.  Area may be closed during late fall or spring due to weekend field trials.
Directions from I-91 exit 44: Route 5 South to Tromley Road (across from E. Windsor High School), Tromley Road east (.6 miles) to entrance on left
GAY CITY STATE PARK, Hebron
Winter parking for 60 vehicles is located in two lots to the right of main entry.  Site has trail network of 12 miles through rolling hardwood hills.  Pit toilets are located in park and a w arming hut is located to the left of entry.  Hut is staffed by the Nordic Ski Patrol on weekends.  They offer moonlight tours.
HALEY FARM STATE PARK, Groton
Winter parking for 14 vehicles is located at end of the entry road.  A single loop trail to Palmer Cove and bike path traversing the site provide two miles of skiing.  Terrain is flat and open.  Pit toilets are at the parking lot.
HURD STATE PARKEast Hampton
Two winter parking areas are provided, one at the junction of Route 151 and Hurd Park Road for 10 vehicles, the other at the park entrance off of Hurd Park Road for 15 vehicles.  A five mile network of easiest and more difficult trails wind through hardwood and hemlock stands.
JAMES L. GOODWIN STATE FORESTHampton
Winter parking for 30 vehicles and pit toilets located near main entrance.  the yellow trail leads to a series of four loops varying from .5 to 3 miles of easy skiing on woods roads through coniferous and hardwood stands.  Additional non-marked trails are accessed near the main entrance, affording a test of skill to experienced skiers.
MANSFIELD HOLLOW STATE PARKMansfield
Two winter parking lots are open with a capacity of 100 vehicles, one at ballfield area and the other at the boat launch.  Main loop trail around reservoir is 4.5 miles with a smaller loop adjacent to picnic area.  Terrain is level to hilly through a variety of landscape.  Pit toilets are in picnic area.  Small sledding hill is located near ballfield parking lot.
MOHAWK STATE FORESTCornwall
Pit toilet and winter parking for 50 vehicles is located at headquarters.  Trail heads to a 2.75 mile trail network are located across the street.  Terrain is rolling hills of coniferous and hardwood stands.
SLEEPING GIANT STATE PARKHamden
Main trail is from Tuttle Avenue to Chestnut Lane with two brand loops.  Variable terrain is through mixed hardwood forest.  Pit toilets, group shelter, sledding hill and additional non-marked ski trails are located at main park entrance on Mount Carmel Ave
TOPSMEAD STATE FORESTLitchfield
Winter parking for 25 vehicles is located just in from entry.  The property is on an elevated knoll that commands an impressive view of the surrounding countryside.  A 2.6 mile trail loops through a variety of landscapes including open fields.  Pit toilets are at parking lot and shelter adjacent to sledding hill.
WADSWORTH FALLS STATE PARKMiddlefield
Winter parking for 45 vehicles is located at entry.  A 7.5 mile network of trails with various degrees of difficulty covers rolling hills with mixed hardwoods and conifer stands.  Carved trail map is at entry with pit toilets near main trail head.
WHITTEMORE GROVE,PEOPLES STATE FORESTBarkhamsted
Parking for 25 cars is located off East River Road approximately 1.5 miles from Riverton center. Trails are basically flat with gentle rolling hills, with one short trail that is more challenging for advanced skiers.  Pit toilets are located in the park and a general store is close by for food and beverages.
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