Connecticut Nature September 03, 2019
8 Secluded Places In Connecticut For People Who Hate Crowds
Many thrive on the energy of a crowd but if you’re a quieter type, big groups of people can make you feel claustrophobic. If you’re a person who appreciates some time to yourself in a peaceful setting, then these remote places in Connecticut will fit the bill.
1. People's State Forest, Barkhamsted
Enjoy the woodland solitude of 11 miles of hiking trails at People's State Forest. At over 3,000 acres, it's easy to find a slice of this natural oasis to call your own for a few hours.
Address: East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
2. Enders Island, Mystic
You'll definitely find peace, solitude, and beauty on Enders Island. The 11-acre island is home to a Catholic retreat but welcomes guests of all denominations to visit. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the 360-degree water views.
Address: 1 Enders Island, Mystic, CT 06355
3. Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford
Located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach, this wildlife refuge is a quiet oasis on the Long Island Sound. Salt marsh, coastal dunes, tidal pools, and more make up the natural beauty of this locale. Spend some time wandering the refuge to regain your inner calm, many times the only company you'll have is the local bird population.
Address: 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT 06460
4. Lantern Hill, North Stonington
If the crowds at the casino have you going crazy, take a hike up to Lantern Hill. The nearby .8-mile out-and-back trail leads you to the 491-foot summit of Lantern Hill. Enjoy top-of-the-world views with little company on this less-popular hiking trail.
Address: Wintechog Hill Road, North Stonington, CT 06359
5. Outer Island, Branford
Only In Your State/Natalie Clunan
Kayak or take a water taxi to this remote island in the Sound. As the outermost island of the Thimbles, this gem is only accessible by boat. Take a walk on the paths or sun yourself on the large rocks, you're not likely to have much company on this remote oasis.
6. Brian E. Tierney Preserve, Roxbury
This 56-acre preserve is home to a gorgeous hemlock forest. Explore the trails along Jack's Brook and let the sounds of the rambling waters soothe your soul.
Address: 23 Squire Road,
Roxbury, Connecticut 06783
7. Selden Neck State Park, Lyme
Escape on a solitary overnight adventure to Selden Neck State Park. This island in the Connecticut River offers just four primitive campsites for overnight stays. Kayak in and pitch your tent to avoid the crowds at traditional campgrounds.
8. Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk
This quiet hilltop state park is one of the lesser-known spots to find a quiet overlook. Hike the one-mile trail to a rustic gazebo where the scenery stretches out at your feet. Keep this place in mind when the leaf-peeping season arrives for a tranquil place to view the fall foliage.
Address: Rte. 272,
Norfolk, CT 06058
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