Lake Waramaug

30 Lake Waramaug Rd, New Preston, CT 06776.

Kent. Off Rte. 45, New Preston. Scenically, few bodies of water in CT. can rival the unspoiled beauty of Lake Waramaug. 77 campsites, bathrooms, showers, concession, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking, fishing, canoe & Kayak rentals, car-top boating. Charge: camping, weekends and holidays. Campground Office: (860) 868-0220 (mid May – Sept 30). Park Office: (860) 868-2592.

Larkin State Bridle Trail

816 Church St, Naugatuck, CT

Larkin State Park Trail, trail begins at Hop Brook Lake Dam on Rte. 63, Waterbury/Naugatuck Line. It follows abandoned railroad line through Naugatuck, Middlebury, Oxford and Southbury for 10.7 miles. Horseback riding, x-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking. Canopied with deciduous trees for most of its 10.4 miles, the Larkin State Park Trail (a.k.a. Larkin Bridle Path) is primarily a wilderness trail, with wooded vistas, wetland views and sparse residential development. Park Office: (203) 938-2285. Charge none.

Macedonia Brook

159 Macedonia Brook Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Kent. Rte. 341. A 2,300 acre forested Park offers views of the Catskills and Taconic Mountains from 1,400 ft. 51 camp sites in rustic setting, bathrooms, stream fishing, hiking, picnicking. Charge: Camping only. Park Office: (860) 927-3238.

Mattatuck State Forest

Plymouth, CT

Plymouth. Trails lead to scenic vistas. White Rock's jct. Rte. 262 & 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 for 3.4 mi. to park. Blue blazed trail leads to views of Naugatuck River & Rte. 8. Greystone Trail jct. Rte. 262 & Rte. 6 in Plymouth take Rte. 262 south for 4.9 mi. to trailhead Blue Blaze Trail. Mountain biking, hunting. Contact: (860) 567-5694.

Mohawk

Cornwall, CT 06796.

Goshen/Cornwall. 6 miles west of Goshen off Rte. 4. 260 acre park offers hiking, lookout tower/overlook, x-country skiing, fishing, picnicking & black spruce bog. Youth Group Camping. Privately operated Mohawk Mountain Ski Area (860) 672-6100 located in the park offers groomed down hill skiing on 23 trails. Park Office: (860) 491-3620. Charge: none.

Mount Riga State Park

Salisbury, CT

Salisbury. At jct. Rte. 44 and 41 in Salisbury, take Rte. 41 3.2 mi. to Under Mountain Trail parking on left. Bear Mountain is the highest summit in CT 2,316 ft. with spectacular views. Follow 1.9 mi. Undermountain Trail to the Appalachian Trail to Bear Mountain or for a more difficult route take Undermountain Trail to Paradise Lane (1st branch of trail on right) to Appalachian Trail to Bear Mountain. Trails lead past remnants of Northwest Connecticut's Iron Age. An iron forge near Mount Riga was one of the state's first, supposedly casting anchors for Old Ironsides. The trail gains over 1,500 ft in elevation in 2 miles. Views include fields, orchards, Twin Lakes, Sages Ravine, and Mount Everett. The Appalachian Trails provides Ball Brook and Brassie Brook campsites near Undermountain Trail for backpackers.

Mt. Tom

Rte. 202, Litchfield, CT 06759.

Litchfield/Washington. 3 miles west of Bantam Rte. 202. One mile hiking trail to stone tower at summit of Mt. Tom 1,325 ft. Picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating/non-motor, scuba diving, canoe & kayak rentals, bathrooms, concession. Charge: daily. Park Office: (860) 868-2592.

Naugatuck

Beacon Falls, CT

Beacon Falls. On either side of the Naugatuck River, trail head off Rte. 42. Fishing, target shooting, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, & snowmobiling. Naugatuck State Forest covers almost 5,000 acres and is spread across Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Oxford, Bethany, Hamden, Cheshire, Ansonia, and Seymour. It is organized into five Blocks, named West, East, Mt. Sanford, Quillinan Reservoir, and Great Hill. Charge: none.

Nepaug State Forest

New Hartford, CT

New Hartford. From jct. of Rte. 202 and Rte. 44 in Canton take Rte. 202 west 3.1 mi., entrance on right. Unmarked trails lend a feeling of wilderness. Nepaug was a chieftain who lived in what is now north Torrington. Several blue blazed trail loops offer good views. Some trails parallel the Farmington River. Biking, x-country skiing, fishing, hunting, camping. Backpacker Campsite at Wildcat Ledges.

Osbornedale

555 Roosevelt Dr., Derby, CT 06418.

Derby. Rte. 8, Exit 17 S/18 N to Division St. for .5 miles. Picnicking, bathrooms, hiking, fishing, field sports, ice –skating. Charge: none. Park Office: (203) 735-4311.