What to do in Burr Pond State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

In 1851, Milo Burr placed a dam across the confluence of several mountain streams impounding water for power. The tannery and three active sawmills erected downstream consumed the finest pines and oaks for miles around to meet the needs of lumber production. The clearings became homesites and Connecticut's industrial leadership was further strengthened. Gail Borden, discoverer of the process of milk preservation by evaporation and condensation, built the world's first condensed milk factory here, in 1857. The new milk product proved to be of great value, particularly to the Union Army during the Civil War. Fire destroyed the mill in 1877. A bronze tablet marks its site, just below the falls.

Burr Pond State Park offers nice facilities, including bathrooms, boat launch, food concessions, picnic shelter, and picnic tables.

Recreation
Burr Pond State Park offers fishing, hiking, paddle sports, and picnicking as well.

Location
Off Route 8 North: Exit 46 . At end of the ramp, take a left onto Pinewoods Road. At the first stop sign go left onto Winsted Road. Follow Winsted Road for approximately 1 mile and take a right at the blinking yellow light (turn is marked with a park sign). The park is 1 mile on the left.

Climate
The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

Address
384 Burr Mountain Road
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-482-1817

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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