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

Natchaug Trail: Lyon Rd

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41.8716650, -72.0878170

Natchaug Trail – Lyon Rd Connecticut Blue Blaze Trail in Eastford, CT Parking: Shoulder parking across from the cemetery at Lyon Rd (41.8716650, -72.0878170) Trail Map    …

Tankerhoosen WMA

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41.841233, -72.445106

Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area Connecticut WMA 449 acres in Vernon, CT Parking: From the north at Walker’s Reservoir near 129 Reservoir Rd, Vernon, CT From the south… Read more…

Morey Pond Boat Launch

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41.970439, -72.194359

Morey Pond Boat Launch Connecticut State Water Access 44 acres in Union, CT Parking: Down the road near 723 Buckley Hwy Union, CT Trail Map     …

Mountain Laurel Sanctuary

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41.955897, -72.209270

Mountain Laurel Sanctuary Connecticut State Forest 337 acres in Union, CT Parking: Shoulder parking on Snow Hill Rd, Union, CT Trail Map       Trails: Less than…

Natchaug State Forest Main Block

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41.841980, -72.095569

Natchaug State Forest Connecticut State Forest 13,438 acres in Chaplin, Eastford, and Hampton CT Parking: Plenty of parking down the road near 243 Chaplin Rd Eastford, CT Trail Map     … Read more…

Nye-Holman State Forest

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41.881992, -72.307428

Nye-Holman State Forest Connecticut State Forest 818 acres in Tolland, CT Parking: River Access/Walking – Small lot near on Tolland Stage Rd  Archery/Camping – Medium lot near… Read more…

Meadow Brook

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41.582545, -72.379056

Meadow Brook WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 269 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Small lot near 13 Prospect Hill Road, Colchester, CT Map         Trails:…

Babcock Pond

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653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT, USA

Babcock Pond WMA Connecticut Wildlife Management Area 1,524 acres in Colchester, CT Parking: Boat launch: Small lot near 653 Middletown Rd, Colchester, CT Trails: Small lot near…

Wooster Mountain State Park

Unexplored

41.351877, -73.474826

Wooster Mountain State Park Connecticut State Park 444 acres in Danbury, CT Parking: Small lot near 74 Sugar Hollow Rd, Danbury, CT Trail Map       Trails:…

Trout Brook Valley

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41.247271, -73.344313

Trout Brook Valley Connecticut State Park and Aspetuck Land Trust 1,009 acres in Easton and Weston, CT Parking: Small lot on Bradley Rd Weston, CT Small lot… Read more…