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Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
Sessions Woods WMA focuses on conservation education, with facilities to bring school groups, the general public and natural resource professionals from throughout Connecticut and the region to participate in educational programs, demonstrations, and workshops pertaining to wildlife and natural r...
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Pachaug State Forest
Description: Pachaug State Forest began with a land purchase in Voluntown, in 1928. At present, Pachaug covers about 24,000 acres in six towns, and is the largest forest in the State system. The word "Pachaug" is derived from the Indian term meaning bend or turn in the river. The Pachaug River, running from Beach Pond to the Quinebaug River, runs through the center of the forest.

Wildlife to Watch: Beachdale Pond is stocked with trout and has natural bass, pickerel and bullhead. The fishing area has a fishing platform off of Route 49 with wheelchair access.

Special Tips: The Rhododendron Sanctuary offers a short scenic walk through an unusual ecological type and is one of very few such areas in New England. The Rhododendron usually blossom around July 4th.

Ownership: Connecticut DEP 
Size: 24,000 acres 
Closest Town: Voluntown

Tent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchHuntingHandicap AccessibleTrailer Camping

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Pachaug State Forest - Photo by CTDEP
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Driving Directions:
From the South: take I-395 north, Exit 85. Go through the 1st light at the next stop light. Take a right onto Route 138 east. Follow for 9 miles to Voluntown then take a left onto Route 49 north. Forest entrance will be 1 mile ahead on the left.

From the North: take I-395 south, Exit 85. At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 138 east. Follow for 9 miles then take a left onto Route 49 north. Forest entrance will be 1 mile on the left.

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Pachaug State Forest : Wildlife Viewing Area