The Best Outdoor Activities in Connecticut

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hiking Enders Falls

Connecticut / Enders Falls Trailhead

Enders State Forest sprawls over approximately 2000 acres, and is found within the towns of Granby and Barkhamsted in Connecticut.  Enders has a good sized parking lot directly on Route 219.

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Hike to Blackledge Falls

Connecticut / Blackledge Falls Parking Area

Although the park contains hiking trails, a pond and a streambelt, the primary draw of this parcel of land is the 25 foot waterfall.

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Hike to the Heublein Tower on Talcott Mountain

Connecticut / Talcott Mountain State Park

The Heublien Tower Trail, located just inside the Talcott Mountain State Park entrance off of Route 185 in Simsbury CT, is a short 1.25 miles.

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Explore Chapman Falls in Devil's Hopyard SP

Connecticut / Devil's Hopyard Parking (Foxtown RD)

If you map to Chapman Falls in East Haddam, CT, you will be brought to a parking lot opposite from the waterfall in Devil's Hopyard, a beautiful Connecticut state park.

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Hike to Campbell Falls

Connecticut / Campbell Falls Trailhead

Campbell Falls, one of the most beautiful parks in CT. Don't let the size of the park fool you, that's what adds to the beauty.

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Hike the Tower Trail to the Blue Trail at Sleeping Giant SP

Connecticut / Tower Path Trailhead

Sleeping Giant State Park is a place very close to my heart.

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Hike the Ridge Loop Trail, Macedonia Brook SP

Connecticut / Macedonia Ridge Trailhead

For a quick weekend trip from Newport, RI, Macedonia Brook State Park had a lot to offer for its size. In three or four hours, with lunch, you can hike the 6.

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Explore Kent Falls

Connecticut / Kent Falls Parking

Every now and then you need a day to rest those sore muscle from all your recent adventures. The only issue is, you don't want to sit around inside, you want to be outside.

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Hike the Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve

Connecticut / Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve Trailhead

Ragged Mountain main loop is approximately 5.5 miles long, and is known for its expansive bare-rock vistas, vertical cliff faces, and scenic views overlooking cliff-side reservoirs and ponds.

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Mountain Bike West Rock Ridge State Park

Connecticut / Lake Wintergreen Parking Lot

West Rock Ridge State Park is a 700 ft high scenic ridge that is located on the west side of New Haven.

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Hike Bear Mountain, CT

Connecticut / Under Mountain Road Parking, Salisbury, CT

At 2,316 feet, Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut. The peak is about a half-mile south of the Massachusetts state line on the Appalachian Trail. The views are great.

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Hike the Mill River Trail to the Blue Trail at Sleeping Giant SP

Connecticut / Tower Path Trailhead

Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed hiking the Giant. As Connecticut parks go, this terrain is some of the most challenging (and unfortunately, the most dangerous) in the state.

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Explore Wadsworth Falls

Connecticut / Wadsworth Falls

When it comes to exploring Wadsworth Falls its ease of access couldn't be better. As soon as you pull into the parking lot you hear the falls roaring.

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Rock Climb Ragged Mountain

Connecticut / Ragged Mountain Rock Climb Access

The main face of Ragged Mountain (elev. 761 feet) is home to a lot climbing in central Connecticut. It runs north-south for about 600 feet. Its max height of 100 feet.

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Boulder & Free Climb off the Blue Trail In Sleeping Giant SP

Connecticut / Sleeping Giant State Park

Sleeping Giant State Park does not just have great hiking, it also has great climbing and bouldering. Pick up the blue trail starting at the backside of the visitor center.

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Hike to Chauncey Peak

Connecticut / Doctor Francis Giuffrida Park Parking Lot

This loop follows the blue against the reservoir where it will break off to the left (this is a longer hike ~ 6.

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Hike Lantern Hill

Connecticut / Lantern Hill Trailhead

Lantern Hill in North Stonington, CT. has been one of my new favorite short hikes since I've been home for a long period of time.

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Visit Fayerweather Island

Connecticut / Fayerweather Island Parking

Parking is at the end of Barnum Road in the Seaside Park.  Though the lighthouse grounds are accessible the tower itself is not open to the public.

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Hike the Spruce Brook Ravine

Connecticut / Spruce Brook Parking Lot

Working my way to the West side of the state, a friend recently helped me discover Naugatuck State Park in Naugatuck, CT.

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Hike the Sprague Land Preserve Loop

Connecticut / Sprague Land Preserve

The Sprague Land Preserve (also known as the Mukluk Preserve) was an incredible surprise.

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Hike the Salmon River Trail, CT

Connecticut / Old Comstock Bridge

There are many ways to do this trail (following the blue blaze and blue/red blaze for spur to waterfall): From the Day Pond (Google Day Pond in Colchester and there will be brown signs that will dire.

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Visit Lighthouse Point Park

Connecticut / Lighthouse Point Park Parking

The main feature of this park is the Five Mile Point Lighthouse.  The grounds are open year round but the tower is not.

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Hike the Pine Knob Loop, Housatonic Meadows SP

Connecticut / Pine Knob Loop Trailhead

The Pine Knob loop is a 2.5 mile loop trail that takes you through beautiful thick  woods filled with vistas, wild flowers and tons of wild life.

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Explore Wickham Park

Connecticut / Wickham Park

Wickham Park Is open the first weekend in April and closes the last weekend in October. Entrances fees are $5 Monday-Friday and $7 Saturday-Sunday.

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Visit Avery Point Lighthouse

Connecticut / Avery Point Lighthouse Parking

Owned by the University of Connecticut this lighthouse is a short walk from the parking area.  Though the grounds are open the tower is not.  Avery Point offers panoramic ocean views.

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Photograph Daffodils at Laurel Ridge

Connecticut / laurel ridge

Laurel Ridge is a private owned Farm , the owners are generous enough to let people visit these flowers so please be respectful of there rules.

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