Peaceful Hikes for Every County Last Updated: August 2023

Many people turn to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise, and the renewing power of nature when looking for a moment of peace. Connecticut’s parks, forests, and trails are a great resource — plus, Connecticut is #1 in the U.S. for hiking

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Here is updated information on visiting state parks. Below is a list of a few you might consider.

NOTE: This is not a complete list of all available offerings. For a complete list of Connecticut State Parks, click here.


Fairfield County

Hartford County

Middlesex County

New Haven County

Tolland County

Windham County

Additional Hiking Options

Below are some additional articles that offer various hiking opportunities throughout the state. Be sure to visit the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection site for updates on state parks:

  • CT DEEP: NOTE - The trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment. If you plan to visit a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities. Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed, and visitors must practice social distancing. COVID-19 Updates CT State Parks and Forests
  • To avoid crowds and find less traveled trails, the Connecticut Forest & Park Association provides recommendations on different options throughout the state on their Facebook page.


If you are the manager of an attraction that you think should be on this list, please contact the Connecticut Office of Tourism.