6 Best Places to Hike in Connecticut
Connecticut is known for its stunning natural beauty with plenty of exceptional outdoor recreation areas throughout the state. Whether you are a novice or a expert hiker, here are a few of our favorite locations to enjoy the great outdoors:
Bear Mountain is a great place for hikes near Taconic, Connecticut and has the tallest peak in the state. It features a fairly challenging 6.1 mile loop trail that is great for experienced hikers looking for an engaging route. Bear Mountain is an excellent destination for bird watching, backpacking and camping, so anticipate running into other people while you are out exploring.
The Bear Mountain trail is also dog friendly, with possible off-leash areas where your dog can roam at your side. Consider visiting this trail between March and November for a memorable day outdoors.
Talcott Mountain is known for its beautiful hiking trails and the Heublein Tower at the top. The Heublein Tower was built in 1914 and provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, with a glimpse of New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock and Long Island Sound. The Tower also contains a museum where you can learn more about its history.
On the Talcott Mountain Trail you can enjoy numerous benches and resting points boasting extraordinary views of the state below, serene areas perfect for picnics, and shaded paths beneath the trees. The best time to experience the trails are from March through October.
In Berlin, Connecticut, Ragged Mountain is full of rugged trails and great views. The location features a 5.6 mile loop that is moderately challenging. Taking about 2.5 hours to complete, Ragged Mountain offers a hike perfect for bird watching and also open to mountain biking. If you have a dog that enjoys hiking with you, they must be on a leash but are otherwise welcome to join your expedition. Ragged Mountain is open around the year with gorgeous views to witness throughout the seasons.
Sleeping Giant Tower Trail
The Sleeping Giant Tower Trail is an accessible and beautiful entry point for beginners with its easier trails. No matter which trail you choose, you’ll experience stunning views of Connecticut’s wilderness. Journey up to the summit of Mount Carmel to discover a four story observation tower built in 1936 and on the top floor, find a breathtaking vista of the 15,000 acre park.
Dogs are welcome to join you on the hike, but must be on a leash. However, take precautions as some parts of the park have been resurfaced, causing dog’s paws to become irritated after walking.
Wadsworth Falls in Middletown was an area of land given to the State of Connecticut in 1942 by Clarence C. Wadsworth, a scholar and linguist. The State Park now has a recreation area dedicated to fishing, hiking and biking. For a relaxing afternoon exploring the park and admiring the falls, Wadsworth Falls is the perfect destination for family and friends.
When visiting the State Park, be aware that swimming and picnicking are not allowed at the Big Falls, but there is a designated area where you can do both.
Chauncey Peak near Meriden is known for its scenic views and hiking trails. It includes a moderately challenging 2.2 mile loop trail where people enjoy hiking, running, and snowshoeing, depending on the season. Dogs are also welcome, with some areas allowing them to be off-leash. The park includes a peaceful reservoir, wetland meadows, and trap rock ridges – great for an adventurous day out in the stunning Connecticut wilderness.
Explore CT’s Trails While Visiting Delamar
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