5 Connecticut State Parks You Should Visit This Summer
The State of Connecticut is filled with great state parks, both small and large. On this list we'll share with you 5 state parks that you should visit this summer and what they have to offer.
1. Gillette Castle State Park
Located in East Haddam, Gillette Castle State Park sits on the banks of the Connecticut River. Park grounds include the historic Gillette Castle, miles of hiking trails, scenic river views, picnic spots, cafe, and visitor center. Bonus: take the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry that runs at the base of the park for a great experience and river views.
2. Kent Falls State Park
Located in Kent wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls, and feel the mist on your face as water cascades 250 feet down on its way to joining the Housatonic River. Sounds peaceful to us!
3. Lovers Leap State Park
Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford is a walk-in park with hiking trails, scenic vistas and historic ruins. The 160 acre park is divided into three sections, each one offering a different space to park visitors to explore.
4. Haystack Mountain State Park
Calling Norfolk it's home Haystack Mountain State Park has a 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level) which allows visitors to see the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts, New York, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Below is one of the many views you can see from the top of the tower.
5. Wadsworth Falls State Park
Located in Middletown and Middlefield Wadsworth Falls State Park offers visitors miles of hiking trails, scenic waterfalls, picnic and fishing area, as well as a swimming area and old ruins. Bonus: located next to historic Wadsworth Mansion take the trails across the gravel road separating the two to enjoy the mansion grounds including multiple gardens. (Please note, there is no swimming allowed at the falls, there is a separate designated swimming area and beach at the main entrance of the park)