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.
18 Ranger Road Haddam, CT Phone: 860-566-2304
Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling
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
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.
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.
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
Lighthouse tours, water sports, marine biology programs, paddling tours
See full description of Lighthouse Point Park.
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
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.
149 Farms Village Road (Route 309) Simsbury, CT Phone: 860-242-1158