Public Use


Please enjoy the following passive recreation opportunities on forest roads and marked trails in Great Mountain Forest:
Cross-country skiing
Mountain biking

Hours of Operation

Public access to Great Mountain Forest is daily from sunrise to sunset.
Note that the forest is closed at times during hunting season – dates will be posted on this website and at the east and west forest gates.

Please sign in and sign out at kiosks

For your safety and to record visitors who enjoy the forest, please sign in and out. Sign-in sheets are located at the kiosks at the east and west gates of the forest.

East Gate is located at 201 Windrow Road in Norfolk.
West Gate is located near the Mountain Office at 200 Canaan Mountain Road.


Ample parking is located at the east and west gate. At the west gate, parking is at the Mountain Office, a short walk from the kiosk and forest entrance. Use only designated parking areas and avoid blocking the road or gates and parking on neighboring properties.

Respect the Forest Ecosystem and the Working Forest

  • Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
  • GMF has no trash receptacles, so please pack out what you pack in.
  • The collection of stones, soil, plant specimens, animal specimens, or cultural artifacts is prohibited.
  • GMF is a working forest. Be alert and watch for trucks and other heavy equipment

Recreation and Activities Requiring Special Permission from GMF

Permission is required for the following activities:
Fishing: Permits are available on a limited basis at the Great Mountain Forest office. Please contact us for further information.
Boating: Non-motorized boating is permitted on Old Man McMullen Pond and Crissey Pond using boats provided by the Corporation. Limited types and numbers of boats are available. All boaters must obtain a boating permit from the GMF office, and shall be responsible for providing their own safety equipment such as required life preservers and flotation devices.
Group access: Access to the Great Mountain Forest by groups of 15 persons or more requires written permission from the GMF office. Please contact us for further information.
Vehicular access: Access to the Great Mountain Forest by motor vehicle is allowed only with advance permission from the GMF office. Please contact the Forest Manager at 860-542-5422 for further information. Access to the Great Mountain Forest by ATV or snowmobile is strictly forbidden.

Not Permitted at Great Mountain Forest

  • Swimming in ponds and streams. (Norfolk residents with permits, and their guests, may use the public swimming area on Tobey Pond.)
  • Camping and fires
  • Fireworks of any kind
  • Horseback riding
  • Firearms and archery equipment
  • Rock-climbing, hang gliding, and other extreme sporting activities

Yale Forestry Camp

The Yale Camp is owned by Yale University and managed, on behalf of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, by Great Mountain Forest. Written permission, from Yale University and Great Mountain Forest (Forestry Office), and appropriate insurance certification, are required of all Yale-Camp users. Unauthorized use of this property will be considered trespass.

Thank you for your cooperation in making recreation in Great Mountain Forest safe and enjoyable for all.