Connecticut’s state parks are simply breathtaking to behold. In the spring, entire valleys come to life as color returns, but you’re just as moved by autumn, when those spring colors transform. Every season has its reason, but these parks will let you enjoy them to the fullest!
1. Gillette Castle State Park (East Haddam)
You absolutely must take a view of the castle who's builder coined the phrase "elementary, my dear Watson." And don't forget to check out the spectacular Connecticut River views!
2. Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)
If you want to visit the beach but still get in a workout, consider the miles of exercise trails this location offers. Many residents think this is the best beach in the state.
3. Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)
This park offers a great hike, and a view of the sleeping giant mountain, so named from the Native-American story.
4. Harkness Memorial State Park (Waterford)
Walk through the mansion's gardens and feel transported to 18th century England. Overlooking the Long Island Sound, it will be hard not to feel like royalty.
5. Silver Sands State Park (Milford)
This one is my personal favorite. The boardwalk and pier are phenomenal for photography and biking.
6. Kent Falls State Park (Kent)
This park features a beautiful waterfall with viewing platforms along the way so you can stop and enjoy the sounds.
7. Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)
This pre-Civil War fort is a sight to behold! Walk the grounds and soak in the state history.
8. Rocky Neck State Park (East Lyme)
The perfect balance of beach and trees, this park is perfect for all ages and a great place to find cool sea shells.
9. Devil's Hopyard State Park (East Haddam)
Choose your trail wisely, because some of the paths get quite steep. But there's no park that will make you feel closer to nature than this one!
10. Chatfield Hollow State Park (Killingworth)
Visit the lake area during the off season to avoid the crowd and use the summertime to check out the trails.
11. Haystack Mountain State Park (Norfolk)
This is where you go when you're searching for aerial like views of the state. What you'll see from up here is incredible!
12. Lovers Leap State Park (New Milford)
Hike the blue trail to catch views like these, and bring your partner with you because its romantic history makes this a great place for magic!
13. Burr Pond State Park (Torrington)
In terms of size, this freshwater pond is actually more like a lake. This area is perfect for bringing the dogs or hosting a little picnic.
14. Collis P. Huntington State Park (Redding)
The wide open fields are great for frisbee and catch, or even using cool toys like remote control planes.
15. Penwood State Park (Bloomfield)
These foliage heavy trails are meant to be slowly perused as you catch glimpses of animals and take in the warmth. Definitely my pick come autumn!