Nassahegon State Forest
I don’t know how many of Connecticut’s state forests are contained entirely in one town like the Nassahegon is. The forest was originally designated in 1926 to protect the watershed for the state fish hatchery, now called the Burlington Trout Hatchery. Today the forest is actively managed for forest products, wildlife habitat, and a variety of recreational activities including hunting, hiking, and mountain biking. Nassahegon is home to many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and is pretty much the dominant “thing” in Burlington.
The hatchery was established in 1925, and all these years later, it is still serving the state. I can’t find anything regarding the “Nassahegon” name, but I’m sure it’s some bastardization of a Native word. Burlington does a great job of promoting its trails and seems to welcome mountain bikers more than any other town in the state. There are a ton of trails here, so you need to know where you’re going if you hike or bike here.
All Things Nassahegon
I see no reason to hike these mountain bike trails. I know that they are not very fun for hiking at all and are, at times, straight up stupid to hike. Also, They incorporate trails I’ve already hiked a lot. NEMBA is very active here, and have created a large network of trails.