Public places offer lots of walking and hiking in Hartford and central CT
Online trail maps provided by the Farmington Valley Trails Council show the full trail and its various segments, with helpful information on parking and other needs.
Route 185, Simsbury Road Bloomfield, CT Phone: 860-566-2304
18 Ranger Road Haddam, CT Phone: 860-566-2304
Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling
Northern section map.
Southern section map.
Weber Woods map.
See Cockaponset State Forest and Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area for full description of this park.
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
Route 69 Burlington, CT Phone: 860-675-8130
Hours: Year-round, dawn to dusk.
Hours: Walking trails are open dawn until dusk.
67 River Road, off Route 82 East Haddam, CT, 06423 Phone: 860-526-2336
Park offers riverside walks; fishing; picnicking; tours of unusual 1919 mansion
366 Hopyard Road East Haddam, CT Phone: 860-873-8566
Popular hiking and camping area with scenic picnic spots and fresh-water fishing.
487 North Brooksvale Road (Route 42) Cheshire, CT, 06410 Phone: 203-272-2743
999 W Main Street Meriden, CT Phone: 203-630-4259
Activities: Hiking and biking. Fishing allowed in Mirror Lake for youth age 15 and younger. Picnic tables are available. Swimming, rock climbing, and boating are prohibited.
Directions and Parking: Take I-91 South to I-691 West to the exit for Southington/Route 322. At the exit off ramp, turn left onto West Main Street. Hubbard Park is a mile down the road on the left. Parking is at the park at the start of the trail head adjacent to Mirror Lake.
Trails. Many trails are available. Total length is 15 miles. Blue Trail (Metacomet Trail) is 7.27 miles, easy to difficult. Red Trail is 1 mile. Yellow Trail is one-third of a mile White Trail is 2 miles. Orange Trail is one-half mile. All trails are rated easy to difficult. Trail map of Hubbard Park
Best resource for trail maps and trail access is the Connecticut Walk Book (West). You can purchase the book from Connecticut Forest and Park Association's online bookstore, some local bookstores or some local libraries. Information: www.ctwoodlands.org/
Route 185 Simsbury, CT Phone: 860-242-1158
Heulbein Tower is popular for hiking, picnicking
Route 85 Hebron, CT Phone: 860-295-9523
Hours: The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Season is the Saturday in April through Columbus Day weekend. Winter parking is available.
Oak Grove Nature Center
Oak Grove Street Manchester, CT Phone: 860-643-0949
Hours: Trails are open dawn to dusk. Center open for museum activities and by arrangement.