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James L. Goodwin Conservation Center

The James L. Goodwin Conservation Center and James L. Goodwin State Forest were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America’s first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is managed jointly by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) with the mission to provide forestry, wildlife, and general conservation education to youth and adults. The James L. Goodwin State Forest is managed by the CT DEEP Division of Forestry.

To learn more about Goodwin, and see some beautiful images of the property, check out this video narrated by Goodwin's naturalist, Jasper Sha. 

Here's what you'll find when you visit:

  • 2,000 acres of managed forest and wildlife habitats, with 17 miles of some of the best maintained hiking, cross country skiing, and equestrian trails anywhere in New England. Trail kiosks, comprehensive signage and self-guided brochures make the trails extremely user-friendly.
  • The Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens—1.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens built with dozens of labeled, eastern North American plants that benefit wildlife as food and/or cover.
  • Three large ponds, where great fishing, bird watching, and non-motorized boating await.
  • The Goodwin Conservation Center, including video and photographic displays of 100 years of forestry history at Pine Acres Farm/Goodwin Forest. The Center also offers regular year-round educational and interpretive programs, which are posted on the CFPA events calendar.
  • The Goodwin Nature Museum, with numerous mounted wildlife specimens, native wood displays, and more.
  • A youth group camping area with a 20 x 40 foot dining pavilion, 16 x 20 foot pole building, and plenty of tent room.
  • A picnic pavilion that seats 50 people overlooking Pine Acres Pond.

To view upcoming events, visit the Goodwin Conservation Center Calendar.


Trail Map & Directions

For a map of the trails that CFPA volunteers maintain at Goodwin, select here.

The Center is located off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road in Hampton, CT. From the intersection of Routes 6 and 198 in Chaplin, go east 3.1 miles on Route 6 and take a left onto Potter Road. From the intersection of Routes 6 and 97 in Hampton, go west 1.4 miles and take a right onto Potter Road.


Additional Information

The Center maintains an email distribution list for announcements of educational programs and other information. If you would like to be added to this list, and/or would like information on upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, etc, email brhines@ctwoodlands.org or call (860) 455-9534.

For more details about the Center and/or Goodwin educational programs, visit www.friendsofgoodwinforest.org.