Trail Length: 14 miles
Towns: Barkhamsted
Allowed Uses: Hiking Only

Trail Overview

American Legion and Peoples State Forest are situated on opposite sides of the Farmington River’s West Branch in Barkhamsted. A 14-mile network of hiking trails provides opportunities for exploration of the forests’ rugged terrain with rocky cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, and breathtaking views of the Farmington River Valley. The trails lead past several historic and cultural sites, including old mills, a soapstone quarry, and a former Indian settlement known as the Barkhamsted Lighthouse.

Additionally, the Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground (open mid-April- Columbus Day) in American Legion offers thirty campsites near the river.

  • Greenwoods Road, the primary road through Peoples State Forest, and Legion Road are closed from first snow until about May 1.
  • Hunting is permitted in State Forests intersected by this trail. Please use caution and wear orange during hunting season.


American Legion and Peoples State Forest


Our Trail Partners

CFPA acknowledges we are on the traditional lands of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the Mohegans, the Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Niantic peoples. We pay our respect to the Indigenous people who are no longer here due to colonization, forced relocation, disease, and warfare. We thank them for stewarding this land throughout generations. We recognize the continued presence of Indigenous people on this territory who have survived attempted genocide, and who still hold ties to the land spiritually and culturally. We shall be good stewards of the land we all call Quinnentucket, Connecticut.