Connecticut’s State Parks
Connecticut is a wonderful state with much to offer tourists. Connecticut has many state parks and forests across the state which allow visitors and residents to take in some outdoor landscapes. We highlight just a few below, but the list includes many more.
Wadsworth Falls State Park
Located in Middlefield and Middletown, Wadsworth Falls has a combination of easy and moderate trails with designated areas for swimming. The Coginchaug Rivers is along the west border of the park and serves as a great location for stream fishing. Or, you can pack a picnic near the waterfalls or along the trails.
Sleeping Giant State Park
The shape of the mountaintops give this state park its fitting name. The “sleeping giant” mountains are a feature of the Connecticut skyline. The trails here take some effort, but the views of Long Island Sound and New Haven are incredible. The stone lookout tour at the top of the Sleeping Giant trail is on the shorter side while others take a good portion of the day.
Devil’s Hopyard State Park
This state park in East Haddam is ideal for birders or those looking to fish. The name of this park has a complicated history that does not have a clear resolve. Some claim the name comes from a gardener, Dibble, who grew hops and supplied brewers. Over time Dibble’s turned into Devil’s. Others favor the explanation that the many potholes within the park came to be after the Devil passed through and got his tail wel, forming the potholes out of rage. Whatever story you buy into, Devil’s Hopyard has trails for people at all levels and scenic waterfalls.
Lovers Leap State Park
Lovers Leap is an historic park, featuring the 1895 Berlin Iron Bridge crossing the Housatonic River. You can catch glimpses of history through the ruins and historical locations throughout the trails. The trails are easy and short, making this a beginner-friendly park.
Passport to the Parks
Connecticut offers free parking at all state parks for Connecticut residents through their Passport to the Parks program. Residents can pay a yearly registration fee to get the benefit of free parking. This is a great incentive for Connecticut residents to explore the many state parks around the state.