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 Nipmuck
Nye-Holman Pachaug Paugnut Paugussett Peoples
Pootatuck Quaddick Salmon River Shenipsit The Preserve
Topsmead Tunxis Wyantenock

State Linear Trails

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

Platt Hill

Unexplored

41.900132, -73.110344

Platt Hill State Park Connecticut State Park 159 acres in Winchester, CT Parking: Down the road near 137 Chapel Rd Winsted, CT Trail Map This is a…

Gardner Lake

★★☆☆☆

41.500477, -72.225614

Gardner Lake State Park Connecticut State Park 10 acres in Salem, CT Parking: Large lot at 147 Old Colchester Rd, Salem, CT 06420 Boat Launch Map Hiking No…

Higganum Reservoir

★★☆☆☆

41.489029, -72.561924

Higganum Reservoir State Park Connecticut State Park 147 acres in Haddam, CT Parking:  Small lot near 54 Killingworth Rd Higganum, CT Shoulder parking for boat launch past…

Haystack Mountain

★★★★★

42.005899, -73.211236

Haystack Mountain State Park Connecticut State Park 292 acres in Norfolk, CT Parking: Small lot by following the road near 199 CT-272 Norfolk, Connecticut Trail Map     …

Millers Pond State Park

★★★☆☆

41.479883, -72.629513

Millers Pond State Park Connecticut State Park 280 acres in Durham and Haddam, CT Parking: Large lot at 344 Foot Hills Rd, Durham, CT Trail Map   …

Wadsworth Falls

★★★★☆

721 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457

Wadsworth Falls State Park Connecticut State Park 285 acres in Middlefield and Middletown, CT Parking: Main park entrance at 770 Wadsworth St. Middletown, CT Easiest access to…

Mashamoquet Brook State Park

★★★☆☆

41.855745, -71.983001

Mashamoquet Brook State Park Connecticut State Park 917 acres in Pomfret, CT Parking: Main Parking: Several lots near 303 Mashamoquet Rd Pomfret, CT Dirt road access close…

Soapstone Mountain

★★★★☆

41.961605, -72.408513

Soapstone Mountain Connecticut State Forest 1800 acres in Ellington, Somers, and Stafford, CT Parking: Medium sized lot near 399 Gulf Rd, Somers, CT Trail Map     …

Roaring Brook Park

★★★☆☆

827 Roaring Brook Rd, Cheshire, CT, USA

Roaring Brook Park Cheshire Town Park and Naugatuck State Forest 75 acres in Cheshire, CT Parking: Couple spaces and shoulder parking near 827 Roaring Brook Rd Cheshire, CT… Read more…

Nipmuck State Forest: South Parcel

★★☆☆☆

41.943590, -72.252048

Nipmuck State Forest – South Parcel Connecticut State Forest 900+ acres in Willington and Stafford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 57 Polster Road, Willington, CT Trail Map   …