10 Knockout Views for Fall Last Updated: August 2021

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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Hidden Valley Preserve, Washington

A 727-acre tract characterized by densely wooded hillsides cascading into the meandering river below. This section also includes a rocky high point and small meadows, accessible by hiking trails that make for a great leaf peeping spot.

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Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

Mount Tom is the ideal spot for a variety of outdoor activities, offering hiking trail, lake swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating, scuba diving, and of course, leaf-peeping.

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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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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 admire the overall ambience. Even when the castle is closed, the grounds can still be enjoyed... and they're very beautiful.

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Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury

Take in the spectacular vista in all directions from the 165-foot Heublein Tower, the former summer home of a prominent Hartford family. Within the tower is a museum of local history. It's a scenic 1.25 mile hike to the tower and picnic area.

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Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent

This park extends 2,300 acres and crosses over mountains and peaks, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy various levels of hiking and trekking. One of the most popular trails includes the blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail. This 6.5-mile trail crosses Cobble Mountain (elevation 1,380 feet) and provides breathtaking views of Catskill and Taconic mountains and of course, stunning foliage.

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Adventure Park at Storrs

Try a new way to get a knockout view: looking from above. While swinging from ropes courses, admire breathtaking foliage in Storrs.

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Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston

Vineyards can make for spectacular leaf peeping too! Visit the winery, enjoy a glass of wine with friends in a New England farm setting, and take in the views.

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Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

The wilds of Northeast Connecticut are on ample display in Union’s Bigelow Hollow State Park, which in turn is located within Nipmuck State Forest. Here, trails head off in every direction, featuring many water views, awesome rock formations and stunning fall foliage.

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Hubbard Park & Castle Craig, Meriden

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 picnic areas.