Winchester, Jct. Rte. 8 & Rte. 20, take Rte. 8 north for 3 miles, left on Sandy Brook Rd., for 1.1 miles to pull off for White Trail on right. CT’s largest publicly owned wilderness area, undeveloped. Appears close to what the state looked like before settlement. Hiking, wildlife viewing, backwoods exploring.

All Connecticut State Parks

CT Select a Zip. State Parks are open everyday 8 a.m. to Sunset. All CT State Parks & Campgrounds are Alcohol Free. For Campground Reservations: 1-877-668-CAMP. For general information (860) 424-3200.

American Legion and People


1 mile north of Pleasant Valley on West River Rd. Rugged forest terrain with steep, rocky hillside adjacent to Farmington River. 30 campsites in pine woods, youth group camping, bicycling (roads only), canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, fishing, hiking, field sports, hunting, x-country skiing, snowmobiling. Charge: Camping. Campground Office: (860) 379-0922 (May- Sept.). Park Office: (860) 379-2469. Museum Seasonal.

Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument


North Canaan, Lower Rd., off Rte. 44. The furnace, on the National Register of Historic Places, once produced iron for the manufacture of railroad car wheels. It is CT's best-preserved example of a technology that has vanished. Historical interpretation, historical tours, picnicking and fishing. (860) 482-1817. Charge: none.

Black Rock


2 miles west of Thomaston on Rte. 6. The name "Black Rock" is derived from graphite that was mined here by early settlers. 96 campsites, concession, flush toilets, water, showers, picnicking, field sports, swimming, ice skating, pond and stream fishing, hiking on blue blazed Mattatuck Trail, x-country skiing. Leatherman Cave from park proceed west on Rte. 6 for 0.5 mi, park at Mattatuck Trail Marker. Alcohol Prohibited. Charge: daily. Campground Office: (860) 283-8088 (Weekends only - 3rd Sat. Apr. - Memorial Day. Memorial Day - Oct. 31st daily 8 a.m.- Sunset. Park Office: (860) 567-5694.

Burr Pond


5 miles north of Torrington Rte. 8, Ext. 46. Site of Borden's first condensed milk factory. Scenic trail encircles 88 acre pond. Concession, water, bathrooms, picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, canoe & kayak rentals. Charge: daily. Park Office: (860) 482-1817.

Buttermilk Falls

Lake Hill Rd., Terryville, CT

Trails lead to scenic vistas. White Rock's (jct. Rte. 262 and 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 for. 3.4 mi. and park in unmarked pull off on right.) blue blazed trail leads to views of Naugatuck River and Rte. 8. Enter Greystone (jtc. Rte. 262 and Rte. 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 south for 4.9 mi. to trailhead) through barred gate, cross bridge and follow the blue blazes to the summit that has views of the Naugatuck River Valley and Waterbury. Mountain biking and hiking.

Campbell Falls


5 miles north of Haystack Mt., Rte. 272, left on Old Spaulding Rd., Norfolk. Trails wind thru woodland to splashing cascades. Picnicking, stream fishing, hiking. (860) 482-1817. Charge: none.

Collis P. Huntington


Redding. At jct. Rte. 58 and Rte. 302, follow Rte. 58 south for 4.6 miles, left on Sunset Hill Rd., park entrance 0.8 miles on right. Anna Hyatt Huntington's life like sculptures of bears and wolves are a highlight of the park. Canoeing, x-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing in 5 ponds. Park Office: (203) 938-2285. Charge: none.

Dennis Hill


2 miles south of Norfolk, on Rte. 272. A unique pavilion (1,627 ft.) provides a panoramic view of the Litchfield Hills. Picnicking, hiking, x-country skiing. (860) 482-1817. Charge: none.