Continue on Rte. 4 east passing the entrance to Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, the states largest, with 5 chairlifts, 23 trails, night skiing and a cozy base lodge.
At the junction of Rte. 43, Rte. 128, and Rte. 4, continue on Rte. 4 east to the entrance to Mohawk State Forest. On a clear day, from the 1,683-foot Mohawk Mountain the views of the Litchfield Hills are spectacular.
Colonial historians noted that the Tunxis and Paugussett Indians sent smoke signals from this high promontory to warn local tribes of the approach of the dreaded Mohawks. Although tribal wars ended centuries ago, the name Mohawk Mountain is still used today.
The hiking trails through the rugged hills of this wildlife sanctuary provide many panoramic vistas of the Litchfield Hills. A section of the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail runs through the forest. Of special interest is the Black Spruce Bog that allows visitors to catch a glimpse of the rare pitcher plant, sundew and mountain holly.
Continue on Rte. 4 east to the junction of Rte. 63 in Goshen where this tour began.