Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, Connecticut:
Bigelow Hollow State Park is located in the town of Union, and along with Nipmuck State Forest, the lands make up one of the largest unbroken forest areas in Eastern Connecticut. Bigelow Hollow and Nipmuck total over 9,000 combine acres. The recreation area in Bigelow Hollow was established in 1949 by the State Park and Forest Commission. The name “Bigelow” is an old Connecticut family name bu not particular person is associated with the State Park. Some residents of Union believe the name to be derived from “Big Low” in reference to a deep hollow. The natural landscape surrounds Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre body of water. In the mid-1880’s, the lake was half its current size. Man-made ditches were dug to create Mashapaug Lake. “Mashapaug” is the Nipmuck Indian word for “Great Pond”.