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Sometimes the hike is its own reward. Other times, there’s nothing like reaching the summit of a great hike and being greeted with an amazing vista. In Connecticut, you’ll find some spectacular high points you can reach easily by hiking (or in some cases, mountain biking) trail.
Featuring: Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Old Furnace State Park | Shenipsit State Forest | Sleeping Giant State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | Town of Guilford | Town of Manchester | Town of Southington | Webb Mountain Discovery Zone | West Rock Ridge State Park
Sure, you can take a scenic drive and see great fall foliage in Connecticut. But why not try a new way to experience leaf peeping this fall? Hop on your motorcycle, grab your bike, get out on a boat, zipline through the trees or savor the view from the winery, from a vintage steam train, from a hot air balloon, even from bed at a cozy B&B. Here are some of the best ways to watch nature put on the best show in New England!
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Blackberry River Inn | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Connecticut Wine Trail | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Mount Tom State Park | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Old Furnace State Park | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stanton House Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource. Below is a list of a few you might consider. But please check for temporary closures before you venture out and follow the guidelines provided by state and local officials.
They include avoiding popular or crowded parks; observing the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people; and, avoiding surfaces that are touched often, like playscapes, park benches and even other people's pets.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Burr Pond State Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | Chatfield Hollow State Park | City of Middletown | City of Norwich | Cockaponset State Forest | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Gay City State Park | Giuffrida Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | Kettletown State Park | Macedonia Brook State Park | McLean Game Refuge | Mianus River State Park | Nehantic State Forest | New Canaan Nature Center | Nipmuck State Forest | Old Furnace State Park | Pachaug State Forest | Riverfront Recapture | Ross Pond State Park | Salmon River State Forest | Shenipsit State Forest | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Cheshire | Town of Farmington | Town of Hamden | Town of Mansfield | Town of Naugatuck | Town of Pomfret | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Vernon | Town of Windsor | Town of Woodstock | Wadsworth Falls State Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Rock Ridge State Park | West Thompson Lake Federal Park | White Memorial Foundation | Wickham Park
Overview: Discover our Top 10 foliage drives to see Connecticut in all its autumn glory.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Adventure Park at Storrs | American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques Marketplace | Arrigoni Winery | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Boardman House Inn | Candlelight Farms Inn | Chatfield Hollow Inn | City of New London | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Creamery Brook Bison | Danbury Railway Museum | Dev's on Bank | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Enders State Forest | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gelston House | Gillette Castle State Park | Guilford Art Center | Hank's Dairy Bar | Hartford Flavor Company | Hickory Hill Orchards | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | Lost Acres Vineyard | Maple Bank Farm | Matterhorn Mini Golf | Mount Tom State Park | Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe | Old Furnace State Park | Olde Mistick Village | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Prudence Crandall Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RiverQuest | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stanton House Inn | Steamboat Inn | Stew Leonard's Norwalk | Sweet Claude's Ice Cream Parlor | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Talcott Mountain State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | The Cooking Company (Haddam) | The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | The Simsbury Inn | These Guys Brewing Company | Time Out Taverne | Town of Chester | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Litchfield | UConn Dairy Bar | West Street Grill | White Silo Farm & Winery | Woodbury Antiques Trail | Yale University Visitor Center