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Parks & Forests
Connecticut is committed to preserving the natural beauty of our parks and forests, where you’ll find hiking trails, fishing spots, beaches, campgrounds, swamps and more.
Passport to the Parks - All residents with Connecticut license plates on their vehicles can enter all Connecticut State Parks free of charge to enjoy the state's natural resources.
Why do we say “Find Fall Faster” in Connecticut? Because Connecticut puts New England’s richest fall experiences within easy reach, without the... More
Enjoy the view from the top at Castle Craig Tower, a stone observation tower overlooking Hubbard Park’s 1,800 acres filled with hiking trails and... More
Mattabesett and Mount Higby Trail is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Middlefield, CT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as... More
Activities include cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, letterboxing, mountain biking, and hunting.
Most popular during summer, this park attracts people for its tubing, canoeing and kayaking activities on the Farmington River.
This 11-acre park has a picture-postcard beachfront for swimming and relaxing, as well as benches, playground, picnic tables and a concession... More
The site of the Continental Army's 1779 winter encampment under the command of General Israel Putnam consists of remains of the encampment,... More
Activities include bicycling, birding, camping, hiking, picnicking and stream fishing.
Located on wooded, sandy knolls, the park offers solitude for a quiet, peaceful picnic. Other activities include fishing and swimming.
Connecticut's first state park is still one of its finest. Have a leisurely lunch in the shade of the picnic grove, swim in Long Island Sound,... More
There is evidence that dinosaurs once roamed Connecticut, and in their footprints we’ve discovered that some even date
Astrotourism is gaining in popularity. You can find vast night skies above parks, forests and lakes throughout
Summer is the time for outdoor fun, and that means getting together with friends and family at Connecticut's state parks
Some people say a travel experience should make an impact on the traveler, not the place. In other words, if you are
“Voluntourism” lets you experience something new while giving you an opportunity to do a little good, too. A popular
Grab your gear and make a splash by spending some time on the water at one of Connecticut’s state parks. And thanks to
By Kim Knox Beckius
Get to the heart of the action in a few of Connecticut's nature wonderlands.
Nothing strengthens bonds and builds long-lasting memories better than spending time with grandparents. But in today’s
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You haven’t experienced a real New England summer vacation until you’ve spent some time in Connecticut! Whether you
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