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General Overview

American Legion State Forest (Hawes) is located in Connecticut and offers a unique outdoor experience with various camping options, including Sites 1-15. This state forest provides a rustic camping experience suitable for those looking to enjoy nature.

Camping Sites 1-15

Features of Sites 1-15

  • Size: The sites are designed to accommodate various group sizes. Site specifications such as dimensions and max occupancy are listed on the reservation site.
  • Facilities: Sites usually include a fire ring and a picnic table. Some sites might offer additional amenities like a lantern post or a tent platform.
  • Access: The access to these sites can vary; some might be drive-up sites while others could be walk-in sites.
  • Privacy: These sites are spaced to provide privacy, but the exact distance between sites can vary.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservation System: Most state parks and forests have an online reservation system. It's typically required to reserve a campsite in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Fees: Camping fees vary based on factors like residency (resident vs. non-resident rates), the day of the week, and the specific site. Always check the most current fee schedule.

Amenities and Activities

  • Bathing Facilities: Depending on the park, there may be communal bathing facilities such as showers and restrooms.
  • Water Access: Potable water spigots are generally available, but the distances from sites can vary.
  • Recreational Activities: Campers can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Specific trails and water bodies will have their own set of guidelines and rules.

Rules and Regulations

  • Check-in/Check-Out: There are specific times for check-in and check-out. Early arrivals and late departures may not be accommodated.
  • Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are enforced to ensure all guests have a peaceful experience.
  • Firewood: Transporting firewood from other states or regions is often discouraged or prohibited to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Pet Policy: Pets might be allowed but usually require adherence to rules such as leash requirements and waste disposal.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption may be restricted or prohibited in certain areas.

Safety and Etiquette

  • Wildlife: Never feed wildlife and store food securely.
  • Trash: Follow Leave No Trace principles and pack out all trash and leftovers.
  • Fires: Only build fires in designated fire rings and never leave them unattended.


  • ADA Compliance: Some sites may be ADA compliant, offering accessibility features for those with disabilities.
  • Vehicle Access: Site accessibility by vehicle can impact planning, especially if some sites are walk-in.

Local Attractions

  • Surrounding the State Forest, there may be local attractions such as historical sites, additional hiking trails, or local towns with dining and shopping options.

Contact and Information

  • For the most accurate and up-to-date information about Sites 1-15 in American Legion State Forest (Hawes), it's advisable to contact the park directly or visit the official website for the state's parks department. This way, campers can obtain details such as seasonal operation dates, specific rules, and alerts or closures due to weather or maintenance.
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