Public Use

Hours of Operation

Public access to Great Mountain Forest extends from sunrise to sunset. Please note that the forest is closed at times during hunting season – dates will be posted (GMF reserves the right to close the forest temporarily for safety, work, or environmental reasons)

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Key Regulations

  • Motor vehicle access is limited to permit holders. If you think you have a compelling need for vehicle access, please apply at the Forestry Office (860-542-5422). All-Terrain Vehicles of any type (4WD off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, quads, etc.) are strictly prohibited.
  • GMF has no trash receptacles. If you pack it in, Please pack it out.
  • Norfolk residents with permits, and their guests, may use the public swimming area on Tobey Pond. All other swimming in ponds or streams is prohibited.
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.
  • Bicycles are welcome on roads and on designated trails. Off-road riding is prohibited. Please be considerate of hikers and safety conscious at all times. GMF is a working forest; be alert and watch for trucks and other heavy equipment.
  • Camping and Fires are prohibited. (For cabin use, contact the forestry office)
  • Fireworks of any kind are prohibited.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • The collection of stones, soil, plant specimens, animal specimens, or cultural artifacts is prohibited.
  • 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.
  • The use of firearms and archery equipment is prohibited. Rock-climbing, hang gliding, and other extreme sporting activities are prohibited.

Thank you for your cooperation.