It is no surprise that life in northwestern Connecticut is a little more simple than the rest of our state. We are a mountainous region that is laid back and used as an escape for those from the city. Much of our landscape is still untouched by human hand as sprawling forests sweep our landscape. One forest in particular, Great Mountain Forest located in the towns of Norfolk and Cannan, spans an incredible 6,000 acres. The forest has a very rich history, and much of the land was used for charcoal which was used to smelt iron ore in the region. For anyone that is unfamiliar with the Litchfield Hills, much of our land in the early days was used for this sole purpose as iron furnaces dotted the hills of northwestern Connecticut.
Great Mountain Forest may have a very rich history, but that isn’t the only thing that makes this place so great. Within it’s 6,000 acres, there is an array of elevations that range from 1,300 feet to as much as 1,800 feet, and there is something to be found for everyone. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, boating, fishing, and cross-country skiing are all part of what make this place so great, and it is perhaps one of the many reasons why visitors continue to come back time and time again.