If your family loves the outdoors, visiting one of Maine’s many state parks is a great way to explore the wonder and majesty that the Pine Tree State has to offer.

Connecticut State Parks

Above All (Warren) – Directions

Bigelow Hollow (Union)
Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails and an 18-acre pond in Eastern Connecticut. Directions

Black Rock (Watertown)
Black Rock offers excellent swimming, hiking, scenic views, and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands. Directions

Bolton Notch (Bolton) – Directions

Brainard Homestead (Haddam) – Directions

Campbell Falls (Norfolk)
Campbell Falls State Park Reserve was a gift to the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield Connecticut. Directions

Chatfield Hollow (Killingworth)
Hike the trails in search of Indian caves, explore the jagged rocky ledges and recesses or relax by the cooling waters, or picnic in the soft pine woods at Chatfield Hollow State Park. Directions

Dart Island (Middletown) – Directions

Dennis Hill (Norfolk)
Hike to the summit of this 240-acre estate for panoramic views reaching as far away as New Hampshire. Fall foliage season makes Dennis Hill an autumn wonderland. Directions

Devil’s Hopyard (East Haddam)
Could the round holes in the falls really be the work of the devil? Or, just nature and water making their mark for future generations? Visit Devil’s Hopyard and find your own answer to this age-old mystery. Directions

Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill)
If you like dinosaurs, you’ll love our 200 million-year-old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits and the chance to cast your own dinosaur footprint to take home. Directions

Fort Griswold (Groton)
Add a touch of reality to your Revolutionary War history lesson with a visit to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, site of the 1781 massacre led by the traitorous Benedict Arnold. Directions

Fort Shantok (Uncasville) – Directions

Gay City (Hebron)
Gay City State Park offers a glimpse into Connecticut’s industrial roots with over 1500 acres of endless opportunities for outdoor fun including the exploration of extinct mill-town ruins and stone foundations. Directions

George C. Waldo (Southbury) – Directions

George Dudley Seymour (Haddam) – Directions

Gillette Castle (East Haddam)
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette. Directions

Haddam Island (Haddam) – Directions

Haddam Meadows (Haddam)
Haddam Meadows State Park overlooks the scenic Connecticut River and offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and picnicking. Directions

Hammonasset Beach (Madison)
A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park, is more than just another day at the beach. Connecticut’s largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf. Directions

Harkness Memorial (Waterford)
Enjoy the panoramic views of Long Island Sound from Eolia, the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family set on over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, with stately trees and spectacular gardens. Directions

Haystack Mountain (Norfolk)
Travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top, either way you will be astounded at the beauty of mountain laurel in June and the spectacular colors of foliage in the fall. Directions

Higganum Reservoir (Haddam) – Directions

Hopeville Pond (Griswold)
Visitors can fish, swim or camp on the serene shores of Hopeville Pond. The site, which once boasted several successful mill operations, offers a fine mix of quality recreation and local history. Directions

Housatonic Meadows (Sharon)
Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank at Housatonic Meadows evokes a genuine back-to-nature feeling. The clear, cold river water also provides a fine opportunity for fly fishermen to test their skills on trout and bass. Directions

Humaston Brook (Litchfield) – Directions

Huntington State Park (Redding)
Life-like sculptures of bears and wolves welcome your arrival to this peaceful and tranquil setting featuring open fields and dense woodlands. The park was donated to the citizens of Connecticut by the internationally renowned Huntington family. Directions

Hurd State Park (East Hampton)
Visit Hurd State Park and enjoy scenic views of the Connecticut River while surrounded by nature. Directions

Indian Well (Shelton)
The park’s scenic waterfalls and splash pool give this park its name, Indian Well. The lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge make this park a great place to spend a lazy summer day. Directions

Ivy Mountain (Goshen) – Directions

Kent Falls (Kent)
Wander across the covered bridge, hike the falls, and feel the mist on your face as water cascades 250′ down on its way to joining the Housatonic River. Directions

Kettletown (Southbury)
The cool waters of the Housatonic River make Kettletown State Park and Lake Zoar popular recreation destinations. Directions

Lake Waramaug (Kent)
Scenically, few bodies of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting of Lake Waramaug. When vivid fall foliage is mirrored in the unrippled lake surface, the park becomes a mecca for sightseers and photographers. Directions

Lamentation Mountain (Berlin) – Directions

Macedonia Brook (Kent)
Hike the Blue Trail across Cobble Mountain and other peaks for outstanding views of the Catskill and Taconic mountains which offer splendid foliage viewing. Directions

Millers Pond (Durham)
Miller’s Pond is a scenic, quiet lake without a boat launch or beach. Numerous rock outcrops reach out into the pond to provide fishing platforms. A flat trail circles the lake, although it is a little rocky in places, so shoes should be worn while hiking. Directions

Mohawk State Park (Litchfield) – Directions

Mount Bushnell (Washington) – Directions

Mount Riga (Salisbury) – Directions

Mount Tom (Washington)
Go swimming and have a picnic at Mount Tom, then hike the trail to the stone lookout tower for some memorable views. Directions

Old Furnace (Killingly)
This 367 acre park has a storied industrial history and a present day attractiveness all its own. A three-quarter mile trail accesses a viewpoint with a ten mile view. Directions

Osborndale (Derby)
Visit Osbornedale State Park for a hike or fishing expedition, then relax with a picnic or visit the nearby Osborne Homestead Museum. Directions

Penwood State Park (Bloomfield)
Penwood State Park offers almost 800 acres of four-season fun just a short drive from the Capitol City. Directions

Putnam Memorial (Redding)
Create a hands-on history lesson with a visit to Putnam Memorial State Park, site of the Continental Army’s 1779 winter encampment in Bethel, Connecticut. Directions

Quaddick State Park (Thompson)
The cool reservoir water and the sandy beach draw frequent crowds during the warm summer months. Directions

Quinnipiac River (New Haven) – Directions

Rocky Glen (Newtown) – Directions

Rocky Neck (East Lyme)
The large stone pavilion, diverse trail systems, and gently sloping beach make this park ideal for families. Try crabbing or fishing. Look for hawks, cranes, and herons. Rocky Neck provides something for all members of the family. Directions

Selden Neck (Lyme)
Three public camps along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle and Selden Neck State Parks offer primitive, riverside sites with fireplaces and pit toilets for individuals traveling on the river. Directions

Seth Pierrepont (Ridgefield)
Mr. Pierrepont was a millionaire and ex-diplomat who served as a United States official in Lisbon, Rome, Paris, Santiago and Chile. He also worked as chief of the American Division of the State Department. Directions

Sherwood Island (Westport)
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, or view marsh life from the observation platform at Sherwood Island. Directions

Sleeping Giant (Hamden)
Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name, and make it a distinguishing feature on Connecticut’s skyline. Directions

Southford Falls (Southbury)
Have a day of family fun at Southford Falls State Park. Spend your day enjoying field sports, or try your luck at catching trout. Directions

Squantz Pond (New Fairfield)
Squantz Pond offers four season enjoyment with steep, wooded slopes, a cool, blue pond and colorful foliage to delight visitors throughout the year. Directions

Stoddard Hill (Ledyard) – Directions

Stratton Brook (Simsbury)
Stratton Brook is a completely wheelchair accessible park offering swimming, picnicking and interpretive programs in a beautifully wooded setting. Directions

Sunset Rock (Plainville) – Directions

Trimmountain (Durham) – Directions

Wadsworth Falls (Middletown)
Spend a summer day cooling off in the mist of the waterfall or an autumn day hiking or biking the varied trails of the park. Directions

West Peak (Meriden) – Directions

Wharton Brook (North Haven)
Located on wooded, sandy knolls, Wharton Brook offers solitude for a quiet, peaceful picnic. Directions

Whittemore Glen (Naugatuck) – Directions

Windsor Meadows (Windsor) – Directions

Wooster Mountain (Danbury) – Directions

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