Shantok Village of Uncas 200 Fort Shantok Rd, Uncasville, CT06382 The park, formerly known as Fort Shantok State Park, was purchased by the Mohegan Tribe, operators of the Mohegan…More Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville, and many changes have been made to transform this piece of property.
The park is now named Shantok, Village of Uncas, to put more emphasis on the historical aspect of the park acting as an Indian village rather than as a fort where the tribe defended itself against enemies.
The new Freedom Forest section of the park, opened during the summer of 2006, includes a gravel trail that branches off a small gravel road branching from the entrance road of the park.
The small gravel road leads to additional parking, several picnic tables, views of a small dam, and a field near the railroad tracks along the Thames River.
While it is possible to walk down to the railroad tracks, it is strongly discouraged since this rail line is still active and occasionally is used to haul freight.
It also leads to a view of the two-lane Mohegan Pequot Bridge (Route 2A) which crosses the river to Preston.
Additionally, there is an outstanding view of the decaying brick buildings of the sprawling Norwich State Hospital campus.