Surf & Turf Last Updated 4/16

Travel just a few miles from any city in Connecticut and you will find blue-blazed hiking trails, seashore by the mile, rivers for kayaking, backcountry roads for biking and so much more. Now is the time to immerse yourself in Connecticut’s great outdoors.

Find the Perfect Trail

Slow down and see Connecticut’s all-season beauty on foot.

  • Blue-Blazed Trails
    The Connecticut Forest and Park Association maintains more than 800 miles of trails through every sort of terrain.
  • White Memorial Foundation
    Hike through the state’s largest nature center and wildlife sanctuary, with 4,000 acres of fields, woods and wetlands and 35 miles of trails.
  • Steep Rock Association
    Steep Rock, Hidden Valley and Macricostas preserves offer splendid hiking in western Connecticut. Pick one that’s your speed and enjoy.

Saltwater Beaches

Locals and visitors alike converge on Connecticut’s coast in summer.

  • Sherwood Island State Park
    The state’s oldest state park offers two large public beaches and an observation platform great for wildlife viewing.
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
    Find your season on two miles of white-sand beach, miles of hiking trails, a nature center and a lookout deck.
  • Rocky Neck State Park
    Enjoy the half-mile crescent beach, people-watch on the boardwalk and camp at one of the 160 campsites.
  • Ocean Beach Park
    The sandy beach beckons and the boardwalk buzzes with a classic carousel and other amusement park rides.

Riding the Waterways

Water sports abound along Connecticut’s  200 miles of coastline and nearly 10,000 miles of river-and-stream shoreline.

  • Salmon River
    Kayakers and canoers can never get enough of traveling through Salmon River State forest. How about you?
  • Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation Area
    Tubing down the Farmington River is a popular pastime here, where  gentle riffles and three sets of wild rapids await.
  • RiverQuest
    Watch the world and the Connecticut River drift by, and keep any eye out for bald eagles, great blue herons and great egrets.