A Visit to the James L. Goodwin State Forest


Thank goodness for fresh air, blue skies, and a bit of exercise. Last week my husband and I had to run an errand so on the way home we stopped at a state forest for a hike. It was lovely to be out of the house. Plus, after the last few weeks, it felt downright indulgent to go for a walk somewhere new and different.


We have been to this state forest a few times before when we had first moved into the area but it has been years. That is probably because my main memory of the walk is being eaten alive by mosquitos. However, obviously there are no mosquitos in March so last week was the perfect time to revisit it. The path was waterlogged in places but we picked our way through on the rocks. Connecticut is extremely rocky. These are a few photos of the path in one section.




The forest is crisscrossed with old drystone walls from years ago when the land was cleared. I love seeing the walls meandering their way through the trees. Every now and then we come across an old stone foundation.


We followed the trail up the lake until we came to an island with a causeway out to it. At the head of the little island, there was an overlook with benches used by birdwatchers. Unfortunately, a couple was taking up the whole overlook while they were having their lunch and there wasn't room for us to walk up too without getting too close. We headed back along a different trail through the woods. However, once we walked a good way along it we came to a crossroads where most of the converging trails were blocked off. We had a horrible gypsy moth caterpillar infestation a few years ago that has killed off a lot of trees and the notice said the paths were dangerous because of that.


We tried going down the only open trail but eventually, that was blocked too. We ended up walking in circles but we didn't really mind. It was a gorgeous day and we had nowhere we needed to be.



Finally, after about an extra hour of walking we ended up by the lake again. We had only encountered a handful of people and we had basically managed to forget for a few hours that the world is falling apart around us. All in all, a successful afternoon.


We are going to make it a weekly habit to go a little further afield for our walks. The bike trail by the river behind our house is nice but we might as well visit a few of the state forests as long as they are open and we have the time.

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    1. We will have to go back once the trees have leaves.

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  2. The provincial parks here were closed down last week. They say they will tow your car as well as fine you. No new trails for us. :-(

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    1. They have closed some parks in CT but not the ones near us. We are in a slightly more rural area and the parks have not been crowded. I hope it stays like that. It is good to get out for a bit.

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  3. What a lovely area. Around the woodland where we live there are also old stone walls and the remains of some houses - but no lake, just a burn/stream. I hope that you will still be able to visit places like that in the coming weeks. It definitely helps your mental health, getting out and about.

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    1. I hope we will be able to continue to visit some of the parks but they are closing or limiting entry to some already so we shall see. It is very nice to do something that feels normal.

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