Autumn is a long-time favorite time for hiking. The air is cool, bugs are less pesky, and the scenery transforms from lush green to a kaleidoscope of vibrant color. If you want to make the most out of this fall foliage season, you’ll need to gear up soon, the leaves are predicted to be at their brightest between September 30th – October 20th in Connecticut. Here are nine leaf-peeping hikes that are guaranteed to grant you some pretty spectacular views.
1. Valley Falls Park, Vernon
Explore 8.5 miles of hiking trails at the beautiful Valley Falls Park. Walk around the lake, through the forest, across a meadow or much more at this diverse locale. Whichever trail you choose, the colors promise to bright and bold this season.
Address: 300 Valley Falls Road, Vernon, CT 06066
2. Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
This 1,000-acre state park has abundant natural beauty on display. There are plenty of trail options so you can stay for an hour or all day. Bring a picnic and perch by the waterfalls for an unforgettable scenic meal.
Address: 366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT 06423
3. Mashapaug Pond, Union
A popular spot for fishing in northern Connecticut, Mashapaug Pond transforms into an autumn wonderland in the fall. A walk along the pond shores gives way to a collage of breathtaking colors across the water.
Address: Ferry Tavern Road, Union, CT 06076
4. Farmington Valley Greenway, Farmington
Smooth paved trails make enjoying the autumn scenery a breeze on the Farmington Valley Greenway. Accessible to everyone, the flat wide trails can accommodate foot traffic, bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs. Journey through a tunnel of color on this local rail trail.
5. Giuffrida Park, Meriden
The Chauncey Peak Trail at Giuffrida Park is popular year-round but the overlook is absolutely mesmerizing in the fall. The views stretch out for miles showcasing a marvelous carpet of fall color just below your feet.
Address: 800 Westfield Road, Meriden, CT 06450
6. Lover's Leap State Park, New Milford
If you fancy yourself a photographer or are just looking for some autumn shots to knock the socks off of your social media followers, Lover's Leap State Park is the place to go. Explore historic ruins, scenic vistas, and the seasonal colors in all their glory.
Address: 178 Shortwoods Road, New Milford, CT 06776
7. East Rock Park, New Haven
Take the giant staircase hike to access overhead views of the glorious foliage across New Haven and beyond. The top of East Rock Park is the perfect perch for a picnic with a view.
Address: 41 Cold Spring Street, New Haven, CT 06511
8. Mount Riga State Park, Salisbury
You can easily get lost in the incredible landscape of Mount Riga State Park. This undeveloped property has great trails but fewer crowds. Head to the overlook for prime leaf-peeping views.
9. Mount Tom State Park, Washington Depot
The display of autumn color around the pond at Mount Tom State Park is nearly postcard perfect. You can also take the short trail up to the observation tower to take in the landscape from high above.
Address: Route 202, Washington Depot, CT 06794
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