Mohawk Forest/Mohawk Mountain State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Connecticut, located in Cornwall just east of the village of Kent and north of the city of Hartford. The park was once part of the estate of Frederick A. Emerick, who made his fortune as an industrialist in the textile mill he built on the site in 1872.
There are over 200 picnic tables available throughout the park. Two pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Half of the campsites at Mohawk Forest/Mohawk Mountain State Park are open year round, while the other half are opened from May through Columbus Day, depending on availability. Reservations can also be made for cottages and chalets that are available to rent all year long. The campground features tent and trailer sites, modern restrooms, hot showers, dumping stations, and a sanitary dump station.
Camping costs range from $20 per night for a regular tent site to $30 per night for a yurt or shelter, and $40 per night for a cabin. Chalet and cottage rentals cost between $25 and $35 per night, and require a three night minimum stay during the late fall, winter, and early spring. The park’s hiking trails lead to 1,400 acres (5km2) of forests, mountains, lakes, wetlands, and fields. Some of these trail connect with the adjacent lands of the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Reservation, forming what is known as the “Emerick Rail Trail.”
The rail trail forms parts of the routes taken by participants in the annual Minuteman Bike Race, held annually on April 21.The park offers two soccer fields and a volleyball court, along with playing fields for cricket, Frisbee, and horseshoes. Tennis courts, playgrounds, and a pool are available seasonally. Cross-country skis and sleds are available for rental, and there is a small pond where anglers may fish for crappie, bluegill, catfish, and perch. Bicycling is permitted but not recommended due to dangerous conditions. Access via car is possible year round, 24 hours day, seven days a week.
Parking fees are in effect from Memorial weekend through Labor Day. Metered parking is available in the lot, however overflow parking is available across Route 81 North and South. No camping overnight is allowed in this area. Access via train is only available in the summer season, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm, except Tuesday & Wednesday which are 10am – 4pm. A parking pass needs to be purchased before entering the facility. This pass will allow you unlimited access on the weekends and holidays. If you would like to explore more of our properties, we have many others around the region, both urban centers and rural areas, that offer a variety of different opportunities for lodging including cabins, hotels, hostels, inns, and private residences.
To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an active permit or license plate. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Connecticut residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Connecticut residents.
In 1943, the property was transferred to the state for use as a public forest reserve. It became a state park with recreational facilities in 1958. On November 5, 2011, severe snowfall caused extensive damage to the park, forcing officials to close the park until further notice. Recovery efforts are on-going. As of February 28, 2012 the park has been reopened to limited daytime use.
Other popular activities include:
- cross country skiing
- mountain biking