Connecticut Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Connecticut? View Connecticut parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Black Rock Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions Route 8 to exit #38. Follow US Route 6 West to Route 109 North. The dam and reservoir area is one mile from the intersection of 6 and 109. Phone (860) 283-5540 Activities HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Black Rock Lake Website Black Rock Lake Photo Album Black Rock Lake is located next to Black Rock State Park. A portion of the 35-mile-long Mattatuck Blue Trail System crosses through the reservoir. The 21-acre lake is open seasonally for fishing and non-motorized boating. The lake and brook are stocked with brown, rainbow and brook trout by the State. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing. For up-to-date information, call (860) 283-4900.

Colebrook River Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From Winsted, 6 miles north on CT 8. Phone (860) 379-8234 Activities BOATING, HIKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Colebrook River Lake Website Colebrook River Lake Photo Album The 700-acre lake is open seasonally for fishing and boating and has a large boat ramp available. The lake and river are stocked with trout by the State. The fall foliage season offers spectacular views from atop the dam and from vessels while boating on the reservoir. Connecticut regulations and designated seasons apply. For up-to-date information, call (860) 379-8234.

Hancock Brook Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From Plymouth, take CN 262 south to south Main Street to lake. Phone (203) 729-8840 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Hancock Brook Lake Website Yucca HouseOfficial Web Site Hancock Brook Lake Photo Album This shallow 40-acre lake and streamside environment provides excellent hiking, hunting, canoeing and fishing opportunities. The feeder streams and lake are stocked with brown, brook and rainbow trout by the State. Local anglers also enjoy fishing for bass, perch, bullhead, and pickerel and panfish are also popular. For up-to-date information, call (203) 729-8840.

Hop Brook Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-84 West, take exit 17 to end of ramp. Turn left (South) onto route 63. At the 4th traffic light, turn left into park entrance. Project office is 1 mile further South on left side. From I-84 East, take exit 17. Turn right at end of ramp. Travel south through 2 traffic lights. Park entrance will be on the left side. Park office is 1 mile further South on the same side. Phone (203) 729-8840 Activities HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds HOP BROOK LAKE RECREATION AREA Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Facebook Hop Brook Lake Photo Album Hop Brook Lake Website Hop Brook Lake is a popular day use park with swimming and picnicking facilities,

Hunt Hill Farm, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions http://www.hunthillfarmtrust.org/index.php?/directions Phone (860) 355-0300 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Hunt Hill Farm The Henderson Americana Center for Culture & the Creative Arts is located on Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, Connecticut. Hunt Hill Farm, the heart of the historic Anderson and Bostwick farms, has been continuously farmed since 1707 and has been lovingly preserved by Ruth & Skitch Henderson.It has housed The Silo Store ? Gallery ? Cooking School for 31 years and is completing the first phase of its Living Museum with the recreation of Skitch Henderson?s Studio. The Studio is home to a Steinway Studio Grand piano, signed by five members of the Steinway family, lived at NBC while

Mansfield Hollow Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From Hartford, I-84 and CT 6 to CT 195. Phone (860) 423-5603 Activities BOATING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Mansfield Hollow Lake Website Recreation facilities at this Corps-owned project are managed by the State. Free boat launching and excellent bass and pike fishing opportunities keep the 450-acre lake popular with local residents. Bass tournaments for groups require a State permit. Recreation facilities include a picnic area, drinking water, restrooms, hiking trails and hunting. For up-to-date information, call (860)923-2982.

New England National Scenic Trail, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions More than 100 public roads cross the New England Trail, and there are trail head parking areas at or near many of these crossings. Detailed Trail Maps are available from Appalachian Mountain Club and Connecticut Forest & Park Association. For Massachusetts maps, visit the AMC Berkshire Chapter; for Connecticut, visit the CFPA Bookstore. Direct access by bus is available at several points in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Train service is available at two points “ in Guilford, CT and Northampton, MA. Phone (413) 426-6658 Activities CAMPING, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas New England National Scenic Trail Official Website New England National Scenic Trail Map From the Sound to the Summits: the New England Trail covers 215 miles

Northfield Brook Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From Thomaston, 2 miles north on CN 254. Phone (860) 283-5540 Activities HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds NORTHFIELD BROOK LAKE GROUP SHELTERS Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Northfield Brook Lake Website Northfield Brook Lake Photo Album Northfield Brook Lake is a scenic day use park with a swim beach, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters, tables and fire grills located throughout the park. The 1.7-mile-long self-guided hiking trail winds throughout the park. The 8-acre lake is stocked with trout by the State and supports warmwater fish species. Reservations for group picnic shelters are accepted at (203) 758-1723. For up-to-date information, call (860) 283-5540.

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions Salt Meadow Unit (Headquarters) Take Exit 64 off of I-95 and turn south on Rt 145. At the stop sign, take a left on Old Clinton Rd. The visitor parking area is about 1 mile up on the right. Outer Island Unit This unit is located in the Thimble Island Chain off the coast of Branford, CT. This unit must be accessed by ferry (from Stony Creek, CT) or by private vessel. Please check with the refuge for hours of visitation. Falkner Island Unit This unit is located three miles off the shore of Guilford, CT. This unit must be accessed by private vessel and is closed to public visitation except during the open house. Please contact the refuge for more information. Milford Point Unit This unit is located 14 miles SW of New Haven in Milford, CT. Take exit 34 off I-95. Turn left off the exit onto

Thomaston Dam, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From Thomaston, north on CN 222. The Dam and project office will 3/4 of a mile on the left hand side. Phone (860) 283-5540 Activities OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Facebook Thomaston Dam Website Thomaston Dam Photo Album The Vista picnic area offers visitors excellent views of the dam and portions of the Naugatuck River Valley. The streamside environment is popular for fishing and upland game hunting. Riding trails are provided for seasonal trailbikes and snowmobiles. A radio-controlled model aircraft field, open to the public, is maintained by volunteers. For up-to-date information, call (860) 283-5540.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions If you are coming to Weir Farm National Historic Site as part of a group that will require three or more vehicles, please call in advance to arrange a group visit. -Follow Route 7 the Branchville section of Ridgefield. -Turn onto Route 102 West at a traffic light. -Take 2nd left onto Old Branchville Road. -Turn left at first stop sign onto Nod Hill Road. -Follow Nod Hill Road one mile; continue straight after stop sign at Pelham Lane to 735 Nod Hill Road Phone (203) 834-1896 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas Weir Farm National Historic Site Official Website Weir Farm National Historic Site Map Visit the home and

West Thompson Lake, Connecticut Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-395 Exit 99, take CT 200 to CT 193 and follow signs. Phone (860) 923-2982 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Connecticut Campgrounds West Thompson Lake Campground Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Connecticut Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Connecticut Recreation Areas West Thompson Lake Photo Album West Thompson Lake Website This 200-acre lake is popular with bass fishermen and anglers of all ages alike. The seasonal campground offers some sites with water and electricity, hiking trails, restrooms with showers, group picnic shelters and hunting (seasonally). Snowmobile use is permitted in winter. Fees are required for some facilities. Reservations are recommended. For up-to-date information, call (860) 923-2982.