Connecticut State Parks
Bigelow Hollow State Park
Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails, and an 18-acre pond in Eastern Connecticut. Nipmuck State Forest and Bigelow Hollow State Park in the town of Union lie within one of the largest unbroken forest areas in Eastern Connecticut. Nipmuck is the second oldest state forest in Connecticut.
Black Rock State Park
Tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands, 439-acre Black Rock offers a variety of outdoor activities. Steep, wooded ledges covered with pine, hemlock and oak provide the setting for Black Rock Pond. Black Rock offers excellent swimming, hiking, scenic views, and Indian legend. The name "Black Rock" is derived from the graphite deposits in the local mines. There are 96 sites in a wooded setting that are available in Black Rock Campground. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30.
Bluff Point Coastal Reserve
Bluff Point Coastal Reserve offers the visitor a delightful mixture of wooded hiking and biking trails coupled with spectacular wildlife viewing on Long Island Sound.
Burr Pond State Park
Go swimming and have a picnic at Burr Pond, then hike the trails in search of the bronze tablet marking Connecticut's role in the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. Bathrooms, Boat Launch, Food Concession, Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables. Gail Borden, discoverer of the process of milk preservation by evaporation and condensation, built the world's first condensed milk factory here, in 1857.
Chatfield Hollow State Park
Hike the trails in search of Indian caves, explore the jagged rocky ledges and recesses or relax by the cooling waters, or picnic in the soft pine woods at Chatfield Hollow State Park. Chatfield Hollow is a designated Trout Park.
Collis P. Huntington State Park
Life-like sculptures of bears and wolves created by Anna Hyatt Huntington welcome your arrival to this peaceful and tranquil setting featuring open fields and dense woodlands. Reportedly, a small steam paddlewheeler is sunken somewhere under the park waters.
Connecticut Valley Railroad
Thomas The Tank Engine is Coming Back to The Valley Railroad Nov. 2, 3, 9, & 10
Ride the Polar Express to The North Pole to greet Santa. The ride is 1 hour long. Rain or Shine. Departures at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
The Polar Express will operate on the following Days
Sat. Dec. 1 st and Sun Dec. 2nd
Fri. Dec. 7th, Sat Dec 8th and Sun Dec. 9th
Fri Dec. 14th, Sat. Dec. 15th and Sun. Dec. 16th
Fri. Dec. 21st, Sat. Dec. 22nd and Sun. Dec. 23rd
Day Pond State Park
You will find the stone foundation reminders of the colonial era when water from the pond powered the nearby sawmill. Now stocked with trout, Day Pond is an attractive area for fishermen.
Dennis Hill State Park
Hike to the summit of this 240-acre estate for panoramic views reaching as far away as New Hampshire. Fall foliage season makes Dennis Hill an autumn wonderland. Dennis Hill, a 240-acre estate, was gifted to the State of Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, a noted New York surgeon.
Devils Hopyard State Park
Devil's Hopyard Campground offers 21 sites in a wooded setting. Camping is available from mid-April through Memorial Day Weekend. The principle feature of the park, Chapman Falls drops more than sixty feet over a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. The park is located in the Millington section of Haddam
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