Penwood State Park

Penwood State Park is a public recreation area located on Talcott Mountain in the town of Bloomfield, Connecticut. The state park's 787 acres (318 ha) are contiguous with the north end of Talcott Mountain State Park. Both parks are managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Penwood State Park
Lake Louise in Penwood State Park 3, 2010-04-11.jpg
Lake Louise
Map showing the location of Penwood State Park
Map showing the location of Penwood State Park
Location in Connecticut
LocationBloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates41°51′43″N 72°46′46″W / 41.86194°N 72.77944°W / 41.86194; -72.77944Coordinates: 41°51′43″N 72°46′46″W / 41.86194°N 72.77944°W / 41.86194; -72.77944[1]
Area787 acres (318 ha)[2]
Elevation535 ft (163 m)[1]
DesignationConnecticut state park
AdministratorConnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
WebsitePenwood State Park


Penwood State Park was donated to the state in 1944 by Curtis H. Veeder, an industrialist (founder of Gilbarco Veeder-Root), inventor, and outdoorsperson. Veeder wished the property to "be kept in a natural state so that those who love nature may enjoy this property as I have enjoyed it."[3] He blazed many of the original trails in the park; Lake Louise, a scenic kettle bog atop the ridge, was named after his wife.

Activities and amenitiesEdit

The park offers picnic areas, numerous trails, and paved roads accessible by bike. The Metacomet Trail runs the entire length of the park.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lake Louise". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of State Parks and Forests" (PDF). State Parks and Forests: Funding. Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. January 23, 2014. p. A-3. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Penwood State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 19, 2013.

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