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Pachaug State Forest

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Other Names

Mt. Misery, Sawmill Pond, Pachaug River, Hodge Pond, Stanton Pond, Chapman Hill, NETRA Pachaug Enduro Loop, NETRA E8, Pachuag State Forest, Green Falls

Last Known StatusOpen

This large state forest offers about 58 miles of motorcycle trails that form a long loop. Most of the trails have light to moderate elevation changes with some tree roots, ruts and rocks. During dry weather the trails can get a bit dusty.

There is a designated staging area off Spaulding Road but if you're looking for camping that is a short distance from the trails try Mt. Misery Campground. This campground features 22 sites that come with a picnic table and fire ring. Several vault toilets and water spigots are also provided. Sites are back-in and can accommodate trailers up to 26 feet. Reservations are required which can be made online.

There is no fee charged to ride but motorcycles must be street legal and registered. Please note that only trails marked with red arrows are open to motorized use. Trails marked in blue are for hiking and those marked with orange signs are for equestrian use.

This trail system is open daily year-round except during mud season. Call for current conditions.

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Permit RequiredNomotorcycles must be street legal and riders licensed
Dates Openopen daily except during mud season
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedstreet legal motorcycles only
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
permitted at Mt. Misery Campground
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
permitted at Mt. Misery Campground
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size22,938 acres (36 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail58
Climate TypeForest
Elevation200 to 500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrails marked with red arrows attached to trees
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis state forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Chucky's Country Store (860) 376-5943
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Chucky's Country Store (860) 376-5943
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMt. Misery Campground (860) 424-3200
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Nature's Campsites (860) 376-4203
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Nature's Campsites (860) 376-4203
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteMt. Misery Campground (860) 424-3200
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Chucky's Country Store (860) 376-5943


Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Mt. Misery Campground fee for residents - $17/night, non-residents - $24/night. Reservations required - (877) 668-2267 or (860) 376-4075.


Prosscenic forest, miles of woods trails
Consmust be street legal and licensed, no ATV trails
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityVoluntown, CT
AddressSpaulding Road, Plainfield, CT 06374
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Norwich, CT
1) Take I-395 North to Exit 29
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto SR-14A, continue 1.5 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto Spaulding Road, continue .9 miles
4) Look for gravel parking lot on the left, stage here.

For Mt. Misery Campground:
5) Take I-395 North to Exit 22
6) Continue straight off the exit ramp onto Griswold Expwy, continue .4 miles
7) Turn right (east) onto SR-138/Voluntown Road, continue 6.5 miles
8) Turn left (north) on Ekonk Hill Road/SR-49., continue about 1 mile
9) Look for Pachaug State Forest sign on the left, turn here
10) Veer right to stay on road, continue about 1 mile
11) Veer left at signage for Mt. Misery Campground, follow toward campground.


Contact InfoPachaug State Forest
P.O. Box 5
Voluntown, CT 06384
(860) 376-4075
Contact InfoConnecticut DMV
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
(860) 263-5700
(800) 842-8222
Commentmotorcycle registration info


Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Pachaug State Forest Trail

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Pachaug State Forest Trail

This is one of the motorcycle trails.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Pachaug State Forest Trail

Motorcycles are permitted on all of the dirt roads throughout the forest but they must be street legal.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Some terrain at Pachaug State Forest Trail

This is a good place to bring the dual sport for a late spring or fall ride.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Amenities example at Pachaug State Forest Trail

An informational kiosk at Doug's Place Picnic Area.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Pachaug State Forest Trail

This is the main entrance to Mt. Misery Campground, which has 22 primitive sites.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Some amenities at Pachaug State Forest Trail

Doug's Picnic Area has some nice shady spots with BBQ grills. This area is for day use only.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Pachaug State Forest Trail

This observation deck offers some nice views of Beachdale Pond.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Pachaug State Forest Trail

Beachdale Pond is stocked with various trout and bass fish.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Pachaug State Forest Trail

Trails are that open to motorcycles are labled with red arrows on the trees.

Pachaug State Forest Trail Photo

Some terrain at Pachaug State Forest Trail

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