15 Connecticut State Parks To Visit In 2019

Connecticut is home to dozens of great parks throughout the entire state. Below we’ll list 15 we think you should visit in 2019 for a variety of reasons including hiking, swimming, camping(if allowed), and more. The staff of Local Connecticut asks you to please respect the parks and take out any trash/items you bring in.

Lover’s Leap State Park, New Milford

Lovers Leap is a walk-in, 160 acre park that features hiking trails, scenic vistas, bridges, local lore, and historic ruins.

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fineartamerica.com/BillWakeley


Southford Falls State Park, Southbury

Southford Falls was established as a state park in 1932 and has 169 acres featuring waterfalls, picnicking areas, and fishing.

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Flickr.com/JamesRobertson


Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

There are no fees for parking or visiting the park grounds.  A per person charge applies for Castle tours. The gate at Gillette Castle State Park is open at 8:00 am, and closes at sunset year round.

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wikipedia.org


Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

The grounds include old Indian caves, jagged rocky ledges and recesses, a swimming and picnic area, covered bridge, and more.

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outdoorproject.com


Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall

View the rugged hills of this state forestor visit a black spruce bog to experience a unique plant community that exists in the park.

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stateparks.com/garyjordan


Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails, Bigelow Pond, Mashapaug Pond, boating, picnicking, and more.

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TripAdvisor/Skippermark


Campbell Falls State Park, Norfolk

Campbell Falls State Park is a natural reserve area that offers hiking and fishing, but no developed facilities.

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stateparks.com/garyjordan


Kent Falls State Park, Kent

The park includes a covered bridge, picnicking, hiking to the falls, and the 250 ft waterfall descend into the Housatonic River. Note, swimming is not allowed at Kent Falls.

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housatonicheritage.org


Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury

Famous Heublein Tower sits at the top of the mountain for anyone wanting to take the 1.25 mile hike to reach it.

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friendsofheubleintower.org


Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

Park includes fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, and maybe a few urban legends? You’ll have to visit to find out for yourself..

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stateparks.com/AngelaHansen


American Legion and People’s State Forest, Barkhamsted

Four seasons of fun can be found at American Legion/Peoples State Forests which offers camping, fishing, hunting and winter sporting activities.

wikipedia.org

wikipedia.org


Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

Includes swimming and picnic areas as well as hiking trails to the stone lookout tower for fantastic views.

stateparks.com/GaryJordan

stateparks.com/GaryJordan


Haystack Mountain State Park, Norfolk

The 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level) allows park visitors to see the Berkshires, peaks in Massachusetts, New York, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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stateparks.com/GaryJordan


Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

Penwood State Park offers almost 800 acres of four-season activities located just a short drive from the Hartford area.

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alltrails.com/KylePaterson


Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent

Hiking trails include views of the Catskill and Taconic mountains, which are known for great fall foliage displays.

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stateparks.com/GaryJordan


If you would like more information regarding any of the parks listed above we recommend you visit the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s website listed below.

www.ct.gov/deep

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