Today is National Take A Walk in the Park day!

Whether you are looking for a rigorous outdoor activity, a leisurely stroll or a peek into history, Connecticut’s parks and forests have something to offer you year round. With 139 state parks and forests statewide, you’re sure to find one close to home or just a short trip away. See a complete listing of CT Parks below!

Photo Credit: CT DEEP

Take a Walk in the Park Day is celebrated annually on March 30, which encourages all of us to invest in our health without spending any money! Who doesn’t like spending some quiet time in nature? All you have to do is wear some comfortable shoes, find a walking partner (or not), and go for a peaceful walk in one of your preferred parks. Did you know that there are 423 national park sites in the U.S.? Taking a leisurely stroll in the park is a fantastic way to clear your mind of everyday worries and appreciate the natural beauty around you.  - Source National Today

Swimming is permitted at: Stratton Brook State Park, Hopeville Pond State Park, Gay City State Park, Day Pond State Park, Chatfield Hollow State Park, Black Rock State Park, Lake Waramaug State Park, Burr Pond State Park, Mount Tom State Park and Wharton Brook State Park. All other inland swimming areas and beaches are closed. There are no lifeguards on duty at these locations. For information on the water quality for the locations listed above please visit DEEP Water Quality Report page.


Above All State Park, Warren/Litchfield

Air Line State Park Trail, Multi-Town

Algonquin State Forest, Colebrook

American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted

Beaver Brook State Park, Windham/Chaplin

Becket Hill State Park, Old Lyme

Beckley Furnace State Park, North Canaan

Bennett's Ponds State Park, Ridgefield

Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

Black Rock State Park, Watertown

Bluff Point State Park, Groton

Bolton Notch State Park, Bolton

Brainard Homestead State Park, East Haddam

Burr Pond State Park, Torrington

C.P. Huntington State Park, Redding/Bethel/Newtown

Camp Columbia State Park, Morris

Camp Columbia State Forest, Morris

Campbell Falls State Park, Norfolk

Centennial State Forest, Fairfield

Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth

Cockaponset State Forest, Haddam/Chester

Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park, Essex

Dart Island State Park, Middletown

Day Pond State Park, Colchester

Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk

Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam

Enders State Forest, Granby/Barkhamsted

Farm River State Park, East Haven

Farmington Canal Greenway State Park, Cheshire/Hamden

Fort Griswold State Park, Groton

Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

Gardner Lake State Park, Salem

Gay City State Park, Hebron

George Dudley Seymour State Park, Haddam

George Waldo State Park, Southbury

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

Green Falls State Campground, Voluntown

Haddam Island State Park, Haddam

Haddam Meadows State Park, Haddam

Haley Farm State Park, Groton

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Haystack Mountain State Park, Norfolk

Higganum Reservoir State Park, Higganum

Hop River State Park, Multi-Town

Hopemead State Park, Montville/Bozrah

Hopeville Pond State Park, Griswold

Horse Guard State Park, Avon

Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon

Housatonic Meadows State Forest, Sharon

Humaston Brook State Park, Litchfield

Hurd State Park, East Hampton

Indian Well State Park, Shelton

J.A. Minetto State Park, Torrington

James L Goodwin State Forests Forest, Hampton

Kent Falls State Park, Kent

Kettletown State Park, Southbury

Killingly Pond State Park, Killingly

Lake Waramaug State Park, Kent

Lamentation Mountain State Park, Berlin

Larkin State Park Trail, Southbury/Naugatuck/Oxford/Middlebury

Lovers Leap State Park, New Milford

Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent

Machimoodus State Park, East Haddam

Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield

Mashamoquet State Park, Pomfret

Massacoe State Forest, Simsbury/Canton

Mattatuck State Forest, Multi-Town

Meshomasic State Forest, East Hampton/Glastonbury/Portland

Mianus River State Park, Stamford

Millers Pond State Park, Haddam

Minnie Island State Park, Bozrah, Montville

Mohawk State Forest/ Mohawk Mountain State Park, Goshen/Cornwall

Mohegan State Forest, Scotland

Mono Pond State Park, Columbia

Mooween State Park, Lebanon

Mount Bushnell State Park, Washington

Mount Riga State Park, Salisbury

Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

Nassahegon State Forest, Burlington

Natchaug State Forest, Eastford

Nathan Hale State Forest, Coventry/Andover

Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck/Oxford/Beacon Falls

Nehantic State Forest, Lyme

Nepaug State Forest, New Hartford

Nipmuck State Forest, Union

Nye-Holman State Forest, Tolland

Old Furnace State Park, Killingly

Osbornedale State Park, Derby

Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown

Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area, Chester/Haddam

Paugnut State Forest, Torrington/Winchester

Paugussett State Forest, Newtown

Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted

Platt Hill State Park, Winchester

Pomeroy State Park, Lebanon

Pootatuck State Forest, New Fairfield

Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding

Quaddick State Park, Thompson

Quaddick State Forest, Thompson

Quinebaug Lake State Park, Killingly

Quinnipiac River State Park, North Haven

River Highlands State Park, Cromwell

Rocky Glen State Park, Newtown

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Ross Pond State Park, Killingly

S.L. Pierrepont State Park, Ridgefield

Salmon River Sate Forest, Colchester

Salt Rock State Campground, Sprague

Satan’s Kingdom State Park, New Hartford

Scantic River State Park, Enfield/East Windsor/Somers

Selden Neck State Park, Lyme

Shenipsit State Forest, Stafford/Somers/Ellington

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

Silver Sands State Park, Milford

Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden

Southford Falls State Park, Southbury

Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield

Stillwater Pond State Park, Torrington

Stoddard Hill State Park, Ledyard

Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury

Sunnybrook State Park, Torrington

Sunrise State Park, East Haddam

Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury

Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield

Tri-Mountain State Park, Durham/Wallingford

Trout Brook Valley State Park, Easton

Tunxis State Forest, Graby/Barkhamsted/Hartland

Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middlefield/Middletown

West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden/New Haven

Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford

Whittemore Glen State Park, Naugatuck/Middlebury

Windsor Locks Canal State Park, Windsor Locks

Windsor Meadows State Park, Windsor

Wooster Mountain State Park, Danbury

Wyantenock State Forest, Cornwall

Content updated July 20, 2020

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