Paugussett State Forest

Newtown, CT

Newtown. Jct. Rte. 6 and 25 (at flagpole) take Rte.6/25 for 0.2 mi., turn right on Hanover Rd. (1.1 mi), turn left on the Boulevard (0.5 mi.), turn right on Echo Valley Rd. (1.3 mi), bear left on Sanford Rd., entrance on right. Fishing, hunting, mountain biking. For boat launch ramp: at jct. of Boulevard and Hanover Rd., turn left on Boulevard follow for 2.3 mi to ramp that provides access to Lake Lillinonah, a dammed section of the Housatonic River. Hiking on blue blazed trails. The Lillinonah Trail is closed Dec. – March due to bald eagle nesting.


East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063.

Rte. 44 to Rte. 318 in Barkhamsted go across the steel bridge, left on West River Rd., park 1 mi. on left. 200 year old pines in the Mathies Grove offer an ideal site for picnicking adjacent to the Farmington River. Fishing, hiking, Bicycling (roads only), canoeing, kayaking, field sports, youth group camping, hunting, x-country skiing, snowmobiling. Flush toilets, Museum seasonal. Campground Office: (860) 379-0922 (May-Sept.). Park Office: (860) 379-2469. Charge: Weekends and Holidays, camping.

Platt Hill

Winchester, CT

Winchester. 1.5 miles south of Jct. of Rte. 44 and 263 left on Platt Hill Rd. Ideal for family picnics offering one of the finest displays of Mountain Laurel in the state. Picnicking, birdwatching, hiking. Charge: none.

Putnam Memorial

499 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT 06896.

Redding. Jct. of Rte. 58 and Rte. 107. Site of the Continental Army's 1779 winter encampment under the command of General Israel Putnam. The site has remains of the encampment, reconstructed log buildings, monuments and a museum. Interpretive trail, picnicking, pond fishing, youth group camping, ice-skating. Park Office: (203) 938-2285. Charge: none.

Roxbury Land Trust - Mine Hill Preserve

Mine Hill Road, Washington, CT

Mine Hill Road, (off Rte. 67) Roxbury, CT 06783. Phone: (860)350-4148. 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of a 19th century iron ore mining complex. Nine self-guiding interpretive signs at the Mine Hill Preserve — a 19th century iron-making complex now on the National Register of Historic Places — have been created. Installed in three groupings near the remnants of the roasting ovens and blast furnace used to process the iron ore, the signs tell the story of the rise and fall of the industrial venture. The signs weave together renderings of what Mine Hill looked like during its heyday from 1865 to 1872; a step-by-step description of how the iron was mined and processed from ore to steel; a detailed explanation of how the blast furnace worked; and a diagram of the labyrinth of tunnels that lie beneath Mine Hill.

Sandy Beach

East Shore Road, Morris, CT

On Bantam Lake. Take Rte. 109 to East Shore Rd. Large beach, bathhouse, canoe launch, picnicking. 9 am - 7 pm. Memorial - Labor Day. Charge. (860) 567-5871. 

Satan's Kingdom Recreation Area

92 Main St,, New Hartford, CT

New Hartford.  Rte. 44. Direct access to the Farmington River, CT's only National Wild and Scenic River.  The river offers everything from a bouncy ride to quality white water rapids depending on season. Convenient launching spot.  Inner tube, canoe and kayak rentals nearby. Hiking on blue blazed Tunxis Trail.

Seth Low Pierrepont

50 Barlow Mountain Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Ridgefield. I-84, Exit 3 to Rte. 7 south to Rte. 35 south to Rte. 116 north to Barlow Mountain Road. Park was part of the estate of Seth Low Pierrepont, an American diplomat and philanthropist. Boating, fishing, hiking on several trails. Park Office: (203) 938-2285. Charge: none.

Southford Falls State Park

175 Quaker Farms Rd, Southford, CT 06488.

Oxford. 4 mi. southwest of Southbury on Rte. 188. Historic site of the Diamond Match Co. Scenic waterfalls, covered bridge on the Eight Mile River. Hiking, pond and stream fishing, picnicking, field sports, x-country skiing, & ice-skating. Park Office: (203) 264-5169. Charge: none.

Squantz Pond State Park

Rte. 39, New Fairfield, CT

New Fairfield. Exit 5W or 6E off I-84 in Danbury, to Rte. 37 to New Fairfield to Rte. 39 north for 4.5 miles. Western most part of Candlewood Lake, the state's largest with 72 miles of shoreline. Boating (2 ramps), ice -skating, hiking, pond fishing (one of America's top ten bass fishing spots), beach, swimming, scuba diving, bathrooms, and picnic tables. Park Office: (203) 312-5023. Charge: Memorial Day – Labor Day 8am. – 6:30pm.