Recreation at Great Mountain Forest
Please enjoy the following passive recreation opportunities on forest roads and marked trails in Great Mountain Forest:
Mountain biking (no biking in GMF when snow is on the ground)
Due to inclement weather, excessive road and trail damage has forced us to close Number 4 Trail to all recreation for the foreseeable future. Recreational access is still allowed from the East Gate to the West Gate. Please be aware that large vehicles and heavy equipment will be present on the GMF roads for the foreseeable future as we continue to fix and maintain our roads. Please exercise caution.
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.
If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
Ample parking is located at the East and West gates. 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.
Please sign in and sign out at kiosks
For your safety and to record visitors who enjoy the Forest, please sign in and out on the sign-in sheets located at the East and West gate kiosks.
East Gate: adjacent to Forestry Office 201 Windrow Road, Norfolk, CT.
West Gate: near Mountain Office at 200 Canaan Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT.
Trails at great mountain forest
With over 13 miles of trails, GMF has a Forest experience for all who love the woods. If you haven’t visited us before, we hope you’ll fall in love with the beauty and magic of the Forest. Consult the downloadable trail maps and descriptions to choose the trail that’s right for you. Trail descriptions include mileage and level of difficulty. In-and-out trail mileage is one way.
If you’re new to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or biking in the Forest, here are some helpful tips to make your GMF visit—and everyone else’s—more enjoyable.
The following trails are pedestrian only:
The following trails are for mixed use:
Number 4 Trail
Sam Yankee Trail
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
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
Firearms and archery equipment
Rock-climbing, hang gliding, and other extreme sporting activities
For a complete set of GMF regulations email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yale Camp is owned by Yale University and managed, on behalf of the Yale School of the Environment, 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. The 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.