|For information about talks, organized hikes, day camp, winter camping, and other activities and facilities at Nahaco, contact the Camp Nahaco Park Commission cmccoyx3"at"yahoo.com (replace "at" with @ symbol) or call (860)974-1903. For day camp information, you can email daycampatcrystalpond"at" charter.net. Events may also be listed on the News page, and directions to Camp Nahaco are found below. See (PDF) trail map. Also see the Town of Woodstock website for information about Camp Nahaco.
Camp Nahaco is a 134-acre primarily forested property straddling the Eastford/Woodstock town line (in the southwestern corner of Woodstock), with about 2,500 feet of frontage on Crystal Pond. The property abuts approximately 300 acres of privately owned, permanently protected open space. It contains a 2.5 acre trout pond, approximately 1/2 mile of Hall's Brook, and recreational trails.
In a referendum held in 2002, voters from the towns of Woodstock and Eastford approved the purchase Camp Nahaco from the Boy Scouts. 120 acres are now permanently protected from development, but are available for passive recreation; and 14 acres on Crystal Pond that include the dining hall and a recreation field are available for more intensive recreational activities. The goal is to make Camp facilities as accessible to as many towns people as possible. Potential activities available to all residents of Eastford and Woodstock (there may be a nominal use fee for some activities) include:
- Swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating and ice skating
- Hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding
- Town events/functions at the dining hall or pavilion
- Environmental education for youth and adults, including walks and talks
- Summer camping for youth and/or adults
- Rental of facilities to offset costs (weddings, graduation parties, family reunions, business picnics, etc.)
An important goal outlined in the Plan of Open Space and Conservation is assuring the protection of open space and recreational resources, so that current residents and future generations may appreciate and experience Woodstock's rural heritage. The following bullets provide some information about how the purchase of Camp Nahaco relates to the goals in the Plan of Open Space and Conservation.
- The tract is adjacent to and complementary with existing, protected open space. The Woodstock portion of the parcel is abutted by three contiguous parcels of privately-owned land that are permanently protected with Connecticut Forest and Parks Association conservation easements. The purchase supports efforts to establish a greenway in the western corridor of Woodstock, south of the Nipmuck State Forest and Yale Forest.
- It is within the core forest area within The Nature Conservancy Quinebaug Highlands forest block. It will help prevent forest fragmentation, as it is contiguous with existing forested area.
- It is important for enhancing and conserving water quality. It is located within the public water supply watershed (Town of Windham Waterworks) in the Still River Watershed, which is classified as surface water quality A.
- The water quality of Crystal Pond is currently excellent. Crystal Pond appears to be free from noxious weeds. Efforts will be made to ensure that Crystal Pond does not become contaminated. Only car top boats are allowed on the Woodstock side (e.g., canoes, kayaks, and boats with small electric motors.)
- The tract under consideration was extremely vulnerable to development, as it is located on the shores of Crystal Pond, which already has high-density housing.
- Public waterfront access is currently limited in Woodstock. Although there is no beach at Camp Nahaco, this tract provides accessible, convenient shoreline frontage suitable for passive recreation opportunities such as swimming, fishing, hiking and bird watching.
Note: The town also owns a beach at Muddy Brook, and has forest stewardship plans for two of the largest town-owned parcels.
Camp Nahaco Park Commission: Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. In bad or cold weather, the Commission alternates meetings between the Eastford and Woodstock town halls. Weather permitting, meetings are held in the Camp Nahaco Dining Hall.
Directions to Camp Nahaco: Camp Nahaco is located on the Woodstock/Eastford border. Follow Route 198 to center of Eastford. Turn left turn onto Westford Road,and go past the Town Hall and the cemetery. Turn right onto Weeks Road, then to camp gate on your left.