11 Small Towns In Rural Connecticut That Are Downright Delightful

The rural areas in Connecticut are full of small, charming towns you’re sure to love. Each one on this list has a population under 10,000 and less than 500 people per square mile. So, unlike other parts of the state, you are greeted with wide open spaces and a real New England feel. Perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls, you’ll definitely want to give these rural Connecticut towns a chance. See for yourself:

Rural Connecticut sure is something! Have you been to any of these? What is your favorite Connecticut town? Tell us in the comments!

Now that you’ve learned all about Connecticut rural areas, why not take a look at Connecticut foodie towns?

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What are the most scenic parks in Connecticut?

There are 53 state parks in Connecticut to take in the scenery. Sleeping Giant State Park is located in Hamden. Among the over 30 miles of hiking trails, you’ll find the three-mile out-and-back Tower Trail, which will bring you to the top of Mount Carmel and its observation tower. You can also fish and picnic here. New Milford’s Lovers Leap State Park is 160 acres and offers views of the 149-mile-long Housatonic River. There are also a few hiking trails here to explore as well as ruins and a truss iron bridge.

What are the scariest haunted houses in Connecticut? 

There are several haunted houses in Connecticut. Legends of Fear is located in Shelton. At this over 20-year-old attraction, you’ll have a haunted hayride, a wooded walk, a mortuary, funhouse, and a parish, all with expert costumes, design, and actors. If you are in or around Norwalk, check out A Haunting at Mill Hill. This is a lantern-led haunted graveyard tour where you’ll hear actual stories about murders, death, and other macabre subjects.

Are there any ghost towns in Connecticut?

While not technically rural areas in Connecticut, if you are looking to explore some abandoned places in the Constitution State, know that there are several ghost towns in Connecticut. In Cornwall, there’s Dudleytown, which dates all the way back to the 16th century. It was built on Native American burial grounds, experienced a plague, and abuts the “Dark Entry Forest”. Oh and famed paranormal investigators, Lorraine and Ed Warren, agree that it’s a haunted hotspot. Unfortunately, it lies on private property and is not open to the public for visiting. If you want a ghost town that you can actually visit, check out Gay City in Hebron. Founded in 1796 by the Gay family, these non-Puritans caused controversy by serving and consuming whiskey and even built a distillery. But after its main mill burned down three times, the area was abandoned. Today, you can visit what is now known as Gay City State Park and its leftover features.