Everyone loves a good hike. You get to exercise with family, friends, and pets while enjoying nature. Here are 5 beautiful parks to visit these coming months around Connecticut.
Sleeping Giant, Hamden CT
Due to the Tornado that took place on May 15th, Sleeping Giant State Park is currently closed for clean up. This park is one of the most popular in the area especially for Quinnipiac University students because their campus is right across the street. The name comes from the profile of the mountain that is said to look like a Sleeping Giant. There is a tower, hiking trails, picnicking, nature trail, and stream fishing. Keep checking the website for updates to when the park will be reopened so you, family, and friends can visit Sleeping Giant.
West Rock, New Haven CT
While you are waiting for Sleeping Giant to reopen West Rock located in New Haven isn’t to far away. Activities include fishing, hiking, picnicking, car-top boating, Mountain Biking, Scenic Vistas, and horseback riding. The View in the fall when the leaves are turning is breath taking. The Park is open until the last week in October so you have all summer and most of fall to explore West Rock.
Quarry Head Sate Park, Wilton CT
Quarry Head State Park located in Wilton Ct is full of history that dates back to the 1700s. Its easy to drive past so look for the Quarry Head sign coming out from a narrow drive way. The drive way will take you back to a old stone foundation and a big chimney. You can hike to the meadows or down to the river. Don’t forget to take a look at the compass that is engraved in the rocks overlooking the trees. Dogs are welcome but should be leashed.
More on Quarry Head State Park: http://www.wiltonct.org/PDFs/conservation/quarryhead.pdf
Devils Hopyard State Park, East Haddam CT
Devils Hopyard is a park you must visit this summer. There is a waterfall you can hike to and many other trails. Activities include bicycling, birding, camping, hiking, picnicking, stream fishing, and youth group camping. Another great place to bring your dogs as well.
Pequonnock River Valley State Park, Trumbull CT
Pequonnock River Valley State Park is a 5 mile long park. There are two different approaches you can take. One side of the river is the rail trail that is more flat next to the Pequonnock river if you are looking for a more relaxed hike. The other side has other trails that are for more serious hikers. Theres rivers to cross, open fields to stop and have a snack, and a view of highway route 25. Don’t forget to visit this park this summer!
More on Pequonnock River Valley State Park: https://www.traillink.com/trail/pequonnock-river-trail/
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