Connecticut's Mystic region has fine state and local parks
Route 171 Union, CT Phone:
Large forested park with lots of hiking trails; water sports at one lake and 3 ponds
Marked trails from Bigelow Hollow to the Breakneck area do not include a loop, so hikers should prepare to walk the full six miles. However, trails west of the park road both form loops and are shorter than trails to Breakneck. The trail system is maintained with help from the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. In winter, the trails are usable for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. There is a seasonal weekend/holiday parking fee at Bigelow Hollow State Park. Parking on weekends and holidays is $14 for Connecticut vehicles and $20 for out of state vehicles.
Campsite and shelter.
Birch Road Mansfield, CT Phone:
Small park near UConn; nice for quiet walks and picnicking near brook and waterfall
Route 49 Voluntown, CT Phone: 860-376-4075
Large state forest covers all basics, camping, hiking, water sports, horseback riding, snowmobiling
Mount Misery Campground offers 22 campsites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Water, fireplaces and pit toilets are provided. Frog Hollow Horse Camp Area offers 18 campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Green Falls area offers boating, camping, freshwater fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking. The Green Falls Campground has 18 wooded campsites that are available from late April to the end of September. The campsites are first-come, first serve; no reservations. Green Falls, Narragansett, Nehantic, and Pachaug trail sections pass through this area.
Nice urban park for walking, swimming, field sports. Park is famous for its grand rose garden.
Off Old Willimantic Road Mansfield, CT Phone:
Boating and fishing are allowed here; boat ramp provided. Swimming is prohibited
244 West Main Street (Route 156) East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5471
Sandy beach; picnicking; walking trails; fishing; camping
Open year-round, daily from 8 am to sunset. Weekend/holiday and weekday parking fees apply from April to late September. There is also a camping fee at Rocky Neck State Park.
Roseland Park Road, off Route 169 Woodstock, CT Phone: 860-963-7690
Gentle park alongside a lake with historic house
Roseland Cottage is open for tours Wednesday to Sunday, June 1 to October 15.
275 Great Neck Road / State Route 213 Waterford, CT, 06385 Phone: 860-443-5725
Beautiful seaside gardens; Roman Classical Revival Mansion open for tours in summer
Property is open year-round, daily, from 8 a.m. to sunset. Parking fees are charged. The Verkades gate is for pedestrian access only.
Depot Road, off US Route 1 Groton, CT Phone: 860-444-7591
Walking in wooded peninsula and along rocky coast; seabird watching; shell fishing allowed
off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road Hampton, CT Phone:
Great for hiking on short or long trails; enjoying nature; a boat ramp is available
Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens is good for people with limited mobility. A printed brochure guides walkers with information about plant life.
A mile-long stewardship trail follows a loop through managed woodlands. A brochure describes plant life.
For long walks, pick up a trails map at the Center to find the Natchaug Trail across Potter Road. Ten miles of white, red and yellow marked trails surround the 135-acre Pine Acres Lake, Black Spruce Pond, Brown Hill Pond, and Orchard Hill. Letterboxing is done here.
Air Line State Park Trail, a former railroad bed, is a level bed, good for hiking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
929 Hopeville Road Griswold, CT Phone: 860-376-2920
Freshwater swimming, fishing in Hopeville Pond. Campground in woods.
147 Wolf Den Drive Pomfret Center, CT Phone: 860-928-6121
Good park for camping, swimming, boating, hiking; cool rock formations to explore