5 Knockout Views for Fall Last Updated 3/17

Actually, it’s hard NOT to find a good foliage view in Connecticut when autumn rolls around. But there are some standouts that you might want to seek out.

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Gillette Castle, East Haddam

Actor William Gillette built his lavishly eccentric castle high above the Connecticut River, and today it’s a state park offering fabulous fall river views. Bring a picnic to enjoy the overall ambience

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Mattabesett Trail, Central Connecticut

Climb to the ridge of this trail in Southington and be rewarded with views of Crescent Lake and breathtaking vistas to the north and the south. 

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Mt. Tom, Litchfield

Here’s a state park where you can park the car and take a shortish walk up to the top of Mt. Tom, where a 34-foot stone tower offers 360-degree views of Connecticut and into New York and Massachusetts as well.

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Hammonasset State Park, Madison

The color changes along the shore have their own sort of drama. There are miles of trails at Hammonasset State Park and some of them lead to lookouts over the salt marshes.

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Mount Misery, Voluntown

In Pachaug State Forest at the far eastern end of Connecticut the woods are more thinly populated and the pace is relaxed. The half-mile hike up to the Mount Misery Overlook is worth it!