Connecticut's Mystic region has fine state and local parks
Birch Road Mansfield, CT Phone:
Small park near UConn; nice for quiet walks and picnicking near brook and waterfall
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. In winter, the trails are usable for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Parking on weekends and holidays is $14 for Connecticut vehicles and $20 for other vehicles.
20 Park Center Road Norwich, CT Phone: 860-823-3798
Nice urban park for walking, swimming, field sports. Park is famous for its grand rose garden.
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
147 Wolf Den Drive Pomfret Center, CT Phone: 860-928-6121
Good park for camping, swimming, boating, hiking; cool rock formations to explore
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. Water, fireplaces and pit toilets are provided. Frog Hollow Horse Camp Area offers 18 campsites.
The Green Falls area offers boating, camping, freshwater fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking. The Green Falls Campground has 18 wooded campsites; no reservations. Green Falls, Narragansett, Nehantic, and Pachaug trail sections pass through this area.
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.
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.
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
Hiking trails include wildlife gardens, a loop trail through woodlands, the Natchaug Trail, 10 miles of marked trails surround 135 acres of ponds and an orchard. Letterboxing is done here. Air Line State Park Trail is a level trail, 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.
Off Old Willimantic Road Mansfield, CT Phone:
Boating and fishing are allowed here; boat ramp provided. Swimming is prohibited
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.