Skiff Mountain Wildlife Management Area is an 800-acre property containing a mix of wooded areas and fields that are annually mowed to maintain grassland and meadow habitats.
Peck’s Pond, a 27-acre water body, is a feature of the property. Skiff Mountain is a popular destination for seasonal hunting and fishing.
Walking, canoeing/kayaking, and wildlife photography are also possible on the property. RRR has a cooperative agreement with the Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division to manage Skiff Mountain as a Wildlife Management Area.
Skiff Mountain provides valuable habitat to many species that depend on open fields. As many parts of Connecticut have converted from agriculture to other uses, large areas of maintained grasslands have become rare, and species such as bluebirds have lost large amounts of habitat.
Skiff Mountain’s combination of forests and fields contribute to a contiguous 7,000-acre regional area protected through the efforts of land trusts, state and local governments, and private landowners.
The Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division conducts seasonal mowing of the property’s fields to maintain a grassland/meadow habitat. Without this work, the fields would quickly begin turning into forest.
The forests of Skiff Mountain have been actively managed for the past 30 years. Timber harvests have been designed to create openings for wildlife and promote healthy forest conditions.
Forest management work is done through a collaborative effort of Eversource’s land managers, its professional foresters, and DEEP’s Wildlife staff.
What You Should Know
- Skiff Mountain Road runs through the property
- Small gravel parking area for 6 to 10 cars at north end
- Informal parking opportunities along road
- Small, informal boat launch area
- No formal or marked trails – hike at your own risk
- Location: Sharon, Conn.
- Size: 800 acres
- Recreation: Hunting (permit only); Flat water canoeing & kayaking; Bicycling/hiking along road; Walking & snowshoeing along field paths; Fishing; Wildlife photography & Bird watching; No motorized vehicles allowed.
- Features: Mix of woods and fields; Peck’s Pond; Wildlife Management Area; Extensive vistas.
- Wildlife: Bluebird boxes; Wood duck boxes; Extensive "edge" habitat; Grassland species; Beaver lodge; Waterfowl.
How To Get There
Route 7 to Kent center. At Route 341 junction, turn west on Bridge Rd. (Route 341). Cross Housatonic River; turn right onto Skiff Mountain Rd. Follow Skiff Mountain Road for 4.7 miles. Peck’s Pond and parking area with sign are on right.