5 Knockout Views for Fall Last Updated 9/20

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 admire the overall ambience. While the castle is closed due to COVID-19, the grounds can still be enjoyed!

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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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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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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!