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