Connecticut state parks offer lots of paddling, canoeing, kayakingConnecticut's abundant number of well-maintained state parks and forests offer plenty of places to enjoy paddling, whether by canoe or kayak.
Part of a wonderful vacation for parents and kids.
Between Center Hill Road (Route 181) and East River Road [see map] Barkhamsted, CT Phone: 860-379-0922
Large forests offer all outdoor recreation: camping, water sports, extensive hiking trails
See full description of American Legion and Peoples State forests
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
178 Shortwoods Road New Fairfield, CT, 06810 Phone: 203-312-5023
Pond is centerpiece of wooded park with beach, swimming, boating, hiking trails, ice skating, cross country skiing
18 Ranger Road Haddam, CT Phone: 860-566-2304
Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling
Route 202 Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-8870
Water sports in the lake; hiking to tower at mountain top
See full description of Mount Tom State Park.
Route 171 Union, CT Phone:
Large forested park with lots of hiking trails; water sports at one lake and 3 ponds
See full description of Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest.
Lake McDonough Park
Route 219 Barkhamsted, CT, 06063 Phone: 860-379-3036
Water sports and a boat launch; Braille-marked walking trail
See full description of Lake McDonough Park.
147 Wolf Den Drive Pomfret Center, CT Phone: 860-928-6121
Good park for camping, swimming, boating, hiking; cool rock formations to explore
See full description of Mashamoquet State Park.
Lighthouse Road New Haven, CT Phone: 203-946-8019
Lighthouse tours, water sports, marine biology programs, paddling tours
149 Farms Village Road (Route 309) Simsbury, CT Phone: 860-242-1158