The Pootatuck property consists of 164 acres of upland and wetland forest. It is located near Candlewood Lake and is bounded on the east by CT Route 39 in northern New Fairfield, Conn.
Two perennial streams, which are home to native trout, converge on the property and flow easterly toward Candlewood Lake. On the hilltops are old chestnut oak trees that are at least 115 years old.
This property provides a large area of unfragmented habitat for a variety of wildlife, and is critical to the health of Candlewood Lake as it helps to provide clean water for this heavily used portion of the Housatonic River watershed.
Historically, most of the property was pasture as evidenced by the many remaining stonewalls and old barbed wire fences.
Other nearby open spaces include Pootatuck State Forest to the west, Squantz Pond State Park to the north, New Fairfield’s Town Open Space to the southeast, and a New Fairfield Land Trust parcel to the southwest. Pootatuck is an important link between these open space properties, helping to form a greenbelt of regional significance.
- Location: New Fairfield, Conn.
- Size: 164 acres
- Recreation: Hunting (Permit Only); Fishing; Wildlife viewing/Bird watching; Wildlife/Nature photography; Hiking.
- Features: Eversource managed hunting area; Managed forest; Rustic hiking trails (unmarked); Rocky, rolling hills, steep slopes; Perennial brooks.
- Wildlife: Deer; Turkey; Trout.
How To Get There
I-84W to exit 6 for CT-37 toward New Fairfield, Turn right onto CT-37N/North St, Turn right onto CT-39N/Brush Hill Rd, Turn left to stay on CT-39N, Slight left onto Short Woods Rd.