Welcome to Pachaug Pursuit


Friends of Pachaug Forest is issuing a challenge that we hope will inspire people to get out to more of Pachaug Forest's remote locations and maybe find a new favorite spot. The challenge is to visit at least five places and take a picture of the spot you have chosen from our list. You will have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle twice!



All hikes will need to be completed between the dates of May 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022. Once your explorations are completed please email them as a jpg attachment or through copied to a word document to Erica Sundstrom at pelstrom72@hotmail.com. Be sure to include your name and put "Pachaug Pursuit" In the subject line no later than December 15, 2022. In submitting photos, you give permission for Friends of Pachaug Forest to post on social media and on the website.

We welcome you to post and tag Friends of Pachaug Forest on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #PachaugPursuit.


All participants are welcome; but those with current  memberships will be automatically entered into a raffle if they send in five pictures and they will be entered twice if they send 10 pictures.


Three winners will be drawn at the First Day Hike on January 1, 2023. You don't need to be present to win.

Some of the locations are joined with FOPF led events! Please note that the locations we chose for this challenge are off the beaten path and that makes directions difficult. We did our best but have provided the GPS coordinates to make things simpler.

For updates, please visit the FoPF website often. Three winners will be drawn at the First Day Hike on January 1, 2023 and will be contacted via email and/or phone. All winners will be announced on social media and on the website. 

  • One person will win a Hiking backpack with Friends of Pachaug merch and one family membership renewal for 2023.

  • One person will win a Friends of Pachaug t-shirt and a family membership renewal for

  • 2023.

  • One person will win a Coloring book and a family membership renewal for 2023.

Great Meadow/ Dawley Pond Shelter

We suggest taking Brown Road to Back Road and park at Great Meadow Pond lot. Walk about .25 miles to the shelter. We encourage you to continue on to extend your hike. Shelter is located at
N 41° 37’16.6” W 71° 48’ 55.4”.


Mt. Misery/ Dry Reservoir Shelter

We suggest parking at Trail 2 (just before Cutoff Rd.) and enter the Nehantic Trail. The shelter is about one mile down and is located at
N 41° 35’ 26.7” W 71°52’ 53.0”.


Peg Mill Shelter

You may park at Green Falls Beach Area. Walk up the direct road or to the Red/Blue Trail to the Blue trail (Narragansett Trail). Shelter is located at

N 41° 32’ 00.0” W 71° 48’ 06.5”


Wyassup/ Legend Wood Shelte

*This one can be a little tricky to find*

We suggest parking at the Wyassup Boat Launch, then take the Enduro Trail. The shelter is on an unmarked trail and can be found at

N 41°29’48.9” W 71°52’32.6”.


Pharisee Rock

You may park at Cedar Swamp Road. Take the Blue/White Trail to
the End to find the Summit sign.


Laurel Loop

Find the cemetery about 8/10ths of a mile in on your right if you
enter at the Trail head from the Green Falls/ Fish Road entrance.


Flat Rock Overlook

You may park at Hell Hollow Pond, then take the yellow trail to
the Pachaug/Quinebaug Connector Trail.


Green Falls Dam

You may park at Sand Hill Road and walk East on the Blue Trail.


Hodge Pond Foundation

We suggest parking at the Hodge Pond Road parking area and walk
west on the trail that is visible from the lot.


Grist Mill

You may park on Breakneck Hill Road. Then, take the Blue
Quinebaug/Nehantic Crossover about a ½ mile to the Old Stone Mill/ Waterfall.

Hikes & Locations
to Photograph

Man Hiking in Wilderness

May the Forest be with you!

For questions pertaining to Pachaug Pursuit, contact Erica at pelstrom72@hotmail.com