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Nehantic State Forest
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Picnic area at Uncas Pond
Nehantic State Forest is located in Connecticut
Nehantic State Forest
Nehantic State Forest
Location in Connecticut
Location New London, Connecticut, United States
Area 5,062 acres (20.49 km2)
Elevation 285 ft (87 m)
Established 1926 (1926)
Governing body Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Website Nehantic State Forest

Nehantic State Forest is a publicly owned forest and recreation area occupying two parcels, one in the town of Lyme and one in the towns of East Lyme and Salem, in the state of Connecticut. The forest, which totals 5,062 acres (2,049 ha), is the site of regular prescribed burns and timber-harvesting operations. Purchase of the land began in 1926, when it became the first state forest located in New London County. It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Activities and amenities

The forest offers opportunities for hiking, hunting, picnicking, swimming, and boating. The Lyme portion of the forest provides access to 69-acre (28 ha) Uncas Pond and 30-acre (12 ha) Norwich Pond. Boat launches are located on each pond. The ponds and their connecting stream, Falls Brook, sit at the western edge of Becket Hill State Park Reserve. No roads or trails pass from the state forest into the undeveloped and otherwise inaccessible 260-acre (110 ha) state park reserve though dirt park roads and the Blue-Blazed Nayantaquit Trail hiking trail system make much of the Lyme section (Western Block) of Nehantic State Forest easily accessible to the public.

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