Connecticut may be a small state, but we are brimming over with natural beauty. There are parks and trails aplenty, offering hikes for all ages and levels. And while some of them are best for avid hikers, Connecticut has lots of simple hikes, too. But don’t mistake “simple” for “boring” — these hikes offer some of the most incredible views in the state. Who says you have to conquer a mountain to enjoy scenic views? Here are 8 simple hikes in Connecticut with big payoffs:

Which of these simple hikes in Connecticut are you ready to try? Do you have another easy trail that you think should be added to this list? Share your ideas in the comments section!

For more amazing outdoor things to do in Connecticut, check out this natural swimming hole and this underrated waterfall hike.

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Simple Hikes in Connecticut

What are some scenic hikes in Connecticut?

There's no shortage of natural beauty in Connecticut, and in addition to the hikes listed above, we share 11 more absolutely gorgeous trails here. For a total hidden gem hike, Hancock Brook Trail in Waterbury is amazing. This 2.8-mile trail is peak hiking: secluded  with a babbling brook, old bridge ruins and a stunning quarry.

Are there any waterfalls in Connecticut?

Is there anything better than a waterfall? There's something magical about the falls that creep up on you, seemingly out of the blue during a hike. Happily, Connecticut is full of several absolutely amazing waterfalls. Chapman Falls, located in Devil's Hopyard State Park, is one of our favorite scenic hikes in Connecticut -- and it ends with a jaw-dropping waterfall. Hop out of your vehicle in the parking lot, and you'll immediately hear the sound of tumbling water. A few minutes' walk will take you to the picturesque falls where water cascades from one rock ledge to another, for a total drop of 60 feet. View the wonder from a platform above, or walk to the base for a different view.

Does Connecticut have any natural wonders?

Connecticut is kind of wonderful -- pun intended. There are natural wonders all over the state; you just need to know where to look! Located in Hamden, Sleeping Giant offers million-dollar views out over Connecticut's awe-inspiring landscape. This 739-foot tall rugged traprock mountain is also known as Mount Carmel. No matter what you call it, one thing is certain: this is one of the state's most stunning natural wonders. 

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