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Elevation: 987 ft
GPS: 41.86619, -73.09793
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Burr Pond State Park in Torrington is completely littered with several hundred huge boulders of world-class pink granitic gneiss. The abutting Paugnut State Forest and Sunnybrook State Park combine into over 2,400 acres to explore.  The rock is bullet solid, well featured, and fine-to-medium grain that has great friction but won’t excessively shred your skin.  The highest quality boulders are towards the southwestern end of Paugnut SF.

Slim to zero information available on historical beta (pre-2018, if it exists). Climbing is on State Forest and State Park land with no specific prohibitions against climbing, and has been confirmed as legal with Torrington Police.  There are multiple parking and access routes, see individual zones for access details.

Burr Pond State park itself has ample parking, bathrooms, small beach area, picnic areas, canoe and kayak rentals, boat ramp.  The pond and beach can get crowded in the summer, but the crowds tend to stay closer to the pond.  There is a water fountain in the picnic area closest to the main parking area.

Some areas of these woods, and especially some of the steep slopes, are closer in character to the wilderness in rural NH than what you’ll see in the rest of CT, and trails are poorly marked or nonexistent.  Bring orienteering skills, GPS and/or paper map & compass.  Very active during hunting season, wear orange and use caution.



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Route 8 to exit 46. Ample parking at the two  parking lots off of Burr Mountain Road - make the left at main entrance for beach areas and stay straight for another parking lot with boat ramp. Parking is free with CT license plates any day, and free for everyone on weekdays.  Weekend parking is $15 per vehicle for out-of-state (subject to change for 2019)

Other parking areas to access the park are:

- Space for up to 16 vehicles at parking area for the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway - Winsted Road at the bottom of Buttrick Road, corner of Harris Road.  Cross Winsted Road at the crosswalk and follow Buttrick Road uphill into the forest.  No fee.

- Space for up to 4-6 vehicles at the northern end of Guerdat Road, about 650 feet after you enter State Forest land and the pavement ends.  Only recommended for 4x4 vehicles, pickup trucks or SUV’s.  Space for 1 low ground clearance vehicle on the shoulder at the end of the pavement.  No fee.

- Space for 4-6 vehicles on Starks Road at the north side of the park, west end of the pond.  Shorter route to the BOB boulder.  No fee.

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