AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.

Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk

Date and Time

Saturday, January 30, 2021, 10:30AM - 3:30PM


201 Windrow Rd · Norfolk, CT,
Connecticut, West of River,


Registration is required for this activity.


REGISTER HERE BUT YOU MUST ALSO RSVP @ Only Meetup will have last minute updates, addtl. info. and phone app gives you best directions to trailhead. IF accepted AMC emails you a "Confirmation" SORRY limited # due to COVID. If you need to cancel don't comment or message me - cancel on Meetup and AMC website at least 48 hours+ in advance so waitlist can attend. Rated Strenuous for advanced hikers 12+ miles fast paced with few stops. You must stay with the group. Required Equipment: H2O/snacks, phone, printed map, headlamp,coat warm enough for overnight temps, dry base layer, hiking poleS, rain gear AND everything on this list: Bring Camera. DOGS okay but you check park regs. Its Winter: Bring microspikes and snow shoes to trailhead will decide if needed just prior to the hike Hike 10-12 miles in the largest tract of land in CT uninterupted by a road. 6000+ acres of forestland abutting 4000 acres of Housatonic SF… in the NW corner of Litchfield County.. The forest supports an abundance of diverse wildlife from resident moose, whitetail deer to moose, black bears, and turkeys, waterfowl, and many birds. The Great Mountain Forest is one of the nation's oldest conservation legacy organizations, and the largest conservation easement held in southern New England. Throughout most of the nineteenth century colliers worked throughout the forest, sending the charcoal they produced to local blast furnaces to smelt iron ore, and most of the forest was repeatedly cut over in this process. This was an intensive use of the forest, carried out with little thought to the future. In 1909, Frederic C. Walcott and Starling W. Childs acquired their first parcels of land. This was the height of Progressive-era conservationism, and the two men had public benefit in mind. GMF was to be their laboratory for conservation and management, and they continued to acquire land. By the 1930s they had several thousand acres under management. More information on Great Mountain Forest: Homepage: History: Facebook: location/directions for Forest Office at Great Mountain Forest - the summer entrance to GMF (roughly 201 Windrow Rd, Norfolk, CT 06058 - GPS coordinates below are most accurate): Map -

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Moose in Great Mountain Forest



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Wait Listed


Adults (18+)


Grew up in NH climbing/camping in the Whites starting with Mt. Washington when I was 8. Enjoyed backpacking trips to Torres Del Paine, Sequoia, Canadian Rockies, Mount Whitney and about every mountain in NE. Like to find new places or ways to hike in CT to keep it interesting and use local hikes to stay in shape for more challenging adventures. Love to introduce people to climbing, backpacking, and paddling. . Look forward to meeting new friends with the CT AMC and seeing my CHA friends.