Enders State Forest

Barkhamsted, CT

Barkhamsted. From jct. of Rte. 219 and Rte. 20 take Rte. 219 west for 1.2 miles and turn into the Forest on left. The centerpiece of this wild parcel of land is a beautiful series of Mountain Brook's cascades that descend into a narrow gorge passing through stands of hardwoods and evergreens. An informal network of trails allows visitors to explore both sides of the river where evidence of old impoundment walls remain.

Harrybrooke Park

100 Still River Dr. , New Milford, CT 06776.

New Milford. 48-acre park open dawn to dusk year-round offers Harden House Museum, three event pavilions (wedding and event packages), duck pond, nature trails, wetlands, a walking/bike loop, scenic views of Still River. www.harrybrookepark.org. (860) 799-6520. Charge: none.

Haystack Mountain

Rte. 272, Norfolk, CT 06058.

Norfolk.  Rte. 272. Views of the Berkshires & peaks in New York from a 34 ft. stone observation tower (1,716 ft.). Tower 1/2 mile trail from parking lot. Picnicking and Hiking. (860) 482-1817. Charge: none.

Housatonic Meadows

90 US 7, Sharon, CT

Sharon. 1 mile north of Cornwall Bridge on Rte. 7. Located on the Housatonic River. Park is known for its 2-mi. stretch of water limited to fly-fishing. 95 campsites in rustic setting, bathrooms, showers, picnicking, fly fishing, hiking, canoeing, x-country skiing. Alcohol Prohibited. Charge: Camping only. Campground Office: (860) 672-6772 (mid-Apr.-Columbus Day). Park Office: (860) 927-3238. 

Humaston Brook State Park

White Rd., Northfield, CT 06759.

Northfield. From Rte. 254 in Northfield take Knife Shop Rd. 0.2 mi. to dam. Park preserves Northfield Pond, once the power source for the Northfield Knife Company formed in 1858 and manufactures of the finest pocketknives in the world. Trail leads to factory ruins and anvil stones. Waterfall in spring and fishing available.

Ivy Mountain State Park

Goshen, CT

Goshen. From Jct. Rte. 63 and 4, take Rte. 63 north for 0.6 mi., turn right on Ivy Mountain Rd. take for 1.3 mi. to the trailhead at the end of the road. Hike to summit to pick wild blueberries in early summer.

John A. Minetto

CT

6 miles north of Torrington on Rte. 272. Picnicking, fishing, hiking, x-country skiing. (860) 482-1817. Charge: none.

Kent Falls

462 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Kent. Rte. 7. One of CT's most scenic parks with a 200 ft. waterfall. A .4 mile path adjacent to the falls offers views at all levels. Picnicking, tables & pedestal grills, hiking, and fishing. Charge: Weekends & Holidays. Park Office: (860) 927-3238.

Kettletown

1400 Georges Hill Rd,, Southbury, CT 06488.

Southbury. On Lake Zoar, exit 15 off I-84, to Rte. 67 south, right on Kettletown Rd., right on Georges Hill Rd. Park's name derived from purchase of land from Native Americans for one brass kettle. 68 campsites, fishing, hiking, swimming, youth group camping, picnicking. Charge: Camping, Day Use, Weekends and Holidays. Campground Office: (203) 264-5678 (May- Sept.). Park Office: (203) 938-2285.

Lake McDonough

Rte. 219, Barkhamsted, CT

Barkhamsted.  Rte. 219. Row boats to rent mid-April - Labor Day. Weekdays 10 - 8 weekends 8 - 8. Swimming: Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10-8. Picnicking, hiking, Braille Trail, fishing through Nov. Parking: charge. (860) 379-3036 or (860) 278-7850. Operated by the Metropolitan District Commission.