Connecticut

Recreation

Featured National, State & Regional Parks

Gillette Castle State Park

The surrounding woodlands, trails, and scenic views get their name from the medieval-like Gillette Castle. Tour the 24-room mansion to see intricate furniture, architectural details, and views of the Connecticut River and hills. 67 River Rd., East Haddam, CT 06423. Tel: 860-526-2336. Cost: Free/Fee.... More Info

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Chatfield Hollow State Park

381 Rte. 80, Killingworth, CT 06419. 860-424-3200. Features picnicking, hiking, stream fishing, and swimming. Fee.

Cockaponset State Forest

18 Ranger Rd., Haddam, CT 06438. 860-345-8521. The park offers Day Trips, Overnight Trips and includes a Youth Group Camping Area. Other Activities offered are Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Swimming. Fee.

Devil's Hopyard State Park

366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT 06423. Eastern District Headquarters: 860-295-9523, Western District Headquarters: 860-485-0226. Activities/Facilities: birding, camping, hiking, picnicking with cooking grills, stream fishing. Fee.

Fort Nathan Hale & Black Rock Fort

Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512. 203-946-8790. View a Revolutionary and Civil War fort on 20 acres of city park. Free.

Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. 203-245-2785. Over 2 miles of beach, swimming, walking along the boardwalk, trails and a nature center. Fee.

Kettletown State Park

1400 Georges Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488. 203-264-5678. A park with activities along the Houstatonic river including hiking, picnicking, and swimming. Fee.

Mashamoquet Brook State Park

Off Route 44, Pomfret Center, CT 06259. 860-485-0226. Activities/Facilities: camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming. Fee.

Northwest Park & Nature Center

145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. 860-285-1886. Features Animal Barn scavenger hunts and nature hikes that explore the Park's habitats. Free.

Pachaug State Forest

Rte. 49, Voluntown, CT 06384. Youth Group Camping Area: 860-295-9523; State Forest Headquarters (for info): 860-376-4075. Activities/Facilities: biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking. Fee.

Rocky Neck State Park

244 W. Main St. (Rte. 156), Niantick, CT 06357. 860-739-5471. Features picnicking, saltwater fishing, hiking, interpretive program, field sports & saltwater swimming. Fee.

Sherwood Island State Park

1/4 mile south of Exit 18 from I-95, Westport, CT 06880. Tel.: 203-226-6983. Features picnicking, salt water swimming and fishing, field sports, and nature programs. Fee.