What to do in Macedonia Brook State Park

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

The 2,300-acre Macedonia Brook State Park, originated with a 1,552-acre gift from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield in 1918. The park's exciting terrain has resulted from the slow wearing down of its hard rock formation base. The Blue Trail crosses Cobble Mountain and several other peaks, offering outstanding views of the Catskills and Taconics. Numerous springs and streams add to the pleasure of hiking.

The land was once the domain of the Scatacook Indians, who derived their name from the nearby confluence of the Housatonic and Ten Mile Rivers. After Kent was settled in 1738, the Indians and settlers shared this area in comparative harmony. During the Revolutionary War, one hundred Scatacook volunteers operated a signal system along the peaks up the river valley. As the original Kent owners moved away or died, many of the woodland parcels west of the Housatonic were sold or left to a commercial and farming settlement called Macedonia.

Commercial activity in Macedonia included cider, grist, and saw mills in addition to a substantial iron producing industry. The local company store was a thriving business and bustling gathering place where teams constantly arrived and departed. The iron industry played an important role in early Connecticut history. Operating both in Kent and the village of Macedonia, the Kent Iron Company's iron furnace, two forges and a puddling works converted cast iron to malleable iron. Most of it was modified into a variety of implements, such as crowbars, wagon wheel rims, and agricultural instruments. Remains of the second forge, a stamping works, are still visible at the southern end of the park. Because these processes required vast amounts of charcoal, by 1848 all original timber had been used. Only at this time was a committee formed to prevent the waste of wood. Eventually, competition from larger Pennsylvania mines forced the Macedonia furnace to close in 1865. Many years later, the National Park Service established a Conservation Corps Camp at the park and much site improvement work was accomplished.

Camping- Macedonia Brook State Park offers 51 sites in a rustic setting. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30. Other facilities include pit toilets and picnick shelters.

Recreation
Macedonia State Park offers a wide variety of recreational oppurtunities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

Location
Follow Route 341 west from the intersection of Route 341 and Route 7 in the center of Kent. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs.

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
159 Macedonia Brook Road
Kent, CT 06757

Phone: 860-927-3238

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