State Parks and Forests

Explore Connecticut’s

Each location contains trail descriptions and highlights, trail maps, parking links, and available history.

From the tower of Sleeping Giant, to the beaches of Hammonasset, to the falls of Enders State Forest there is diverse scenery and abundant opportunities no matter what part of the state you are in!

For a map of CT state parks and forests scroll to the bottom of the page

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State Parks

Above All Auerfarm Beaver Brook Becket Hill Beckley Furnace
Bennetts Pond Bigelow Hollow Black Rock Bluff Point Bolton Notch
Brainard Homestead Burr Pond Camp Columbia Campbell Falls Capt. George Comer
Chatfield Hollow Collis P. Huntington CT Valley Railroad Dart Island Day Pond
Dennis Hill Devil’s Hopyard Dinosaur Eagle Landing Farm River
Ferry Landing Forster Pond Fort Griswold Fort Trumbull Gardner Lake
Gay City George Dudley Seymour George Waldo Gillette Castle Haddam Island
Haddam Meadows Haley Farm Hammonasset Beach Harkness Haystack Mountain
Higganum Reservoir Hopemead Hopeville Pond Horse Guard Housatonic Meadows
Humaston Brook Hurd Indian Well Ivy Mountain John A. Minetto
Kent Falls Kettletown Killingly Pond Lake Waramaug Lake Williams
Lamentation Mt. Lovers Leap Macedonia Brook Machimoodus Mansfield Hollow
Mashamoquet Brook Mianus River Millers Pond Minnie Island Mohawk Mt.
Mono Pond Mount Bushnell Mount Riga Mount Tom Moween
Nathaniel Lyon Old Furnace Osbornedale Penwood Platt Hill
Pomeroy Putnam Memorial Quaddick Quinebaug Lake Quinnipiac River
River Highlands Rocky Glen Rocky Neck Ross Pond Salt Rock
Satan’s Kingdom Scantic River Seaside Selden Neck Seth Low Pierrepont
Sherwood Island Silver Sands Sleeping Giant Southford Falls Squantz Pond
Stillwater Pond Stoddard Hill Stratton Brook Sunnybrook Sunrise
Sunset Rock Talcott Mountain Tri-Mountain Trout Brook Valley Wadsworth Falls
West Rock Ridge Wharton Brook Whittemore Glen Windsor Meadows Wooster Mountain

State Forests

Algonquin American Legion Camp Columbia Centennial Watershed Cockaponset
Enders Housatonic James L. Goodwin Massacoe Mattatuck
Meshomasic Mohawk Mohegan Nassahegon Natchaug
Nathan Hale Naugatuck Nehantic Nepaug Nassahegon
Nipmuck Nye-Holman Pachaug Paugnut Paugussett
Peoples Pootatuck Quaddick Salmon River Shenipsit
The Preserve Topsmead Pootatuck Tunxis Wyantenock

State Linear Trails

Air Line Trail Farmington Canal Hop River Trail
Larkin Trail Moosup Valley Windsor Locks Canal Trail

Shenipsit Trail: North Terminus

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24 Greaves Rd, Stafford Springs, CT 06076, USA

Shenipsit Trail: North Terminus Connecticut State Forest and Blue Blaze Trail 716 acres in Somers and Stafford, CT Parking: North Parking: Shoulder parking near 24 Greaves Rd,…

Mahoney Pond

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Under the Mountain Road, North Franklin, CT, USA

Franklin Swamp WMA: Mahoney Pond Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 50 acres in Franklin, CT Parking: Tiny pull off on Under the Mountain Rd, Franklin, CT Trail Map        Trails: 1.5… Read more…

Pequonnock Valley WMA

Unexplored

79 Park St, Trumbull, CT 06611, USA

Pequonnock Valley Wildlife Management Area Connecticut State WMA 382 acres in Trumbull, CT Parking: Large lot at the Park & Ride near 55 Park St, Trumbull, CT…

Mattatuck Trail – Wilton Pond

Unexplored

411 Carter Road, Plymouth, CT, USA

Mattatuck Trail: Wilton Pond Blue Blaze Trail & Connecticut State Forest acres in Plymouth and Thomaston, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 411 Carter Rd, Plymouth, CT Trail… Read more…

Peoples State Forest

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106 E River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT 06063, USA

Peoples State Forest Connecticut State Forest 3059 acres in Barkhamsted, CT Parking: Lots of parking near 106 E River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT Trail Map       …

The Preserve

Unexplored

41.320698, -72.406485

The Preserve Essex Land Trust, Old Saybrook Town Park, State Forest 963 acres in Essex, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, CT Parking: Essex Parking: Small lot at the… Read more…

Phillip’s Pond

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J49G+VM, Voluntown, CT 06384

Phillips Pond Pachuag State Forest in Voluntown, CT Parking: Small lot near Trail 1 Rd, Voluntown, CT Trail Map       Trails: 3.7 miles       Rating:…

Dickinson Creek Trail

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74 Flood Road, Marlborough, CT, USA

Dickinson Creek Trail Connecticut State Forest 1,190 acres in Marlborough, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 74 Flood Rd, Marlborough, CT Small pull-off near 100 Ogden Lord Rd, Marlborough,…

Black Pond Boat Launch

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215 Camp Road, Woodstock, Woodstock Valley, CT, USA

Black Pond Boat Launch Connecticut State Boat Launch 41 acres in Woodstock, CT Parking: Small lot down a driveway off Camp Road Trail Map     Trails: No…

Hampton Reservoir

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400 Kenyon Rd, Hampton, CT, USA

Hampton Reservoir Connecticut State Boat Launch 151 acres in Hampton, CT Parking: Small lot near 400 Kenyon Rd, Hampton, CT Trail Map       Trails: 0.5 miles …