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Chatfield Hollow State Park 'Covered bridge in Chatfield Hollow State Park' © Angela Hansen
A classic, tranquil New England stream, complete with covered bridge
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Chatfield Hollow State Park
'Covered bridge in Chatfield Hollow State Park'
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A classic, tranquil New England stream, complete with covered bridge

Wadsworth Falls State Park
'Wadsworth Falls'
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American Legion State Forest
'Farmington Canal Heritage Trail'
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Canal under bridge

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Mansion, Pergola, Garden Wall'
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Late afternoon Summer sun behind photographer gives a special glow to Harkness mansion, pergola, and gardens.

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Wood carved pergola ceiling'
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This has inspired me for the textiles I design.

Housatonic State Forest
'Approaching Deans Ravine'
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This is what the terrain looks like as you approach the Deans Ravine waterfall.

Southford Falls State Park
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Wadsworth Falls State Park
'Root '
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An interesting shaped root found on the main trail in the Wadsworth Falls state park.

Harkness Memorial State Park
'The strength of columns'
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The column divides the view of the mansion. Columns are great symbols of hard work. Harkness park is the true sign of hard work and the luxury to follow afterwards.

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Japanse Maple Hideaway'
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The lines and the curvature of this tree is an example of how beauty lies in the imperfect. This tree never runs out of shapes. When it is covered in the summer, it is a perfect hideaway spot. Also, you can pay respects to the animals that once resided on these grounds.

Hopeville Pond State Park
'Peaceful Morning'
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Hopeville Pond State Park. Peaceful Morning

Bolton Notch State Park
'Stepping into nature'
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Children play on one of the parks many paths, where it crosses under a freeway

Gillette Castle State Park
'Gillette Castle'
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Grand Central Station

Kent Falls State Park
'Lower Falls Pool Driftwood'
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Driftwood and stream on far side of lower pool at Kent Falls State Park.

Connecticut's River Valley Region Parks


9
State Wildlife Areas
10
State Forests
23
State Parks
1
State Fish Hatchery

Parks in this region are near these Connecticut Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
BRISTOL
MIDDLETOWN
ENFIELD
HARTFORD
MANCHESTER
NEW BRITAIN
SOUTHINGTON
NEWINGTON
VERNON ROCKVILLE
WINDSOR
GLASTONBURY
EAST HARTFORD
WETHERSFIELD
SOUTH WINDSOR
BLOOMFIELD
ROCKY HILL

Barber Pond State Wildlife Area
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Bigelow Hollow State Park
Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails and an 18-acre pond in Eastern Connecticut.........more >
Bigelow State Park
Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails and an 18-acre pond in Eastern Connecticut.........more >
Bolton Notch State Park
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Brainard Homestead State Park
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Chatfield Hollow State Park
Hike the trails in search of Indian caves, explore the jagged rocky ledges and recesses or relax by the cooling waters, or picnic in the soft pine woods at Chatfield Hollow State Park.........more >
Cockaponset State Forest
Enjoy a variety of activities in Connecticut's second largest state forest.........more >
Connecticut River State Wildlife Area
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Cromwell Meadow State Wildlife Area
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Dart Island State Park
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Devils Hopyard State Park
Could the round holes in the falls really be the work of the devil Or, just nature and water making their mark for future generations Visit Devil's Hopyard and find your own answer to this age-old mystery.........more >
Dinosaur State Park
If you like dinosaurs, you'll love our 200 million-year-old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits and the chance to cast your own dinosaur footprint to take home. ........more >
Durman Meadows State Wildlife Area
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Gay City State Park
Gay City State Park offers a glimpse into Connecticut's industrial roots with over 1500 acres of endless opportunities for outdoor fun including the exploration of extinct mill-town ruins and stone foundations.........more >
George Dudley Seymour State Park
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Gillette Castle State Park
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette. The Castle is open from 1000 a.m. to 430 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day. Staff are ........more >
Glastonbury Meadows State Wildlife Area
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Haddam Island State Park
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Haddam Meadows State Park
Haddam Meadows State Park overlooks the scenic Connecticut River and offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and picnicking.........more >
Higganum Reservoir State Park
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Hurd State Park
Visit Hurd State Park and enjoy scenic views of the Connecticut River while surrounded by nature.........more >
Keeney Cove Marsh State Wildlife Area
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Kensington Atlantic State Fishing Hatchery
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Lamentation Mountain State Park
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Massacoe State Forest
Massacoe State Forest was originally called the Simsbury Forest. It began with the first purchase of 119 acres in 1908. In 1949, it went from 244 acres to 99 acres when much of the forest went to the Parks Division to become Stratton Brook State Park. Thanks to the donation of the Great Pond property ........more >
Meshomasic State Forest
Meshomasic State Forest began as 70 acres, acquired for $105.00 in 1903. It was the first State Forest in Connecticut and in New England, and the second in the country Pennsylvania had the first. Meshomasic State Forest now exceeds 9,000 acres in the towns of Portland, East Hampton, Glastonbury, Marlborough, ........more >
Millers Pond State Park
Miller's Pond is a scenic, quiet lake without a boat launch or beach. Numerous rock outcrops reach out into the pond to provide fishing platforms. An easy, flat trail circles the lake, although it is a little rocky in places, so shoes should be worn while hiking.........more >
Nassahegan State Forest
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Nathan Hale State Forest
Nathan Hale State Forest The first purchase of this forest was in 1946, through a bequest by the late George Dudley Seymour. The original purchase of 850 acres has grown since then to about 1,500 acres today. Mr. Seymour wanted to restore the Hale farm property he had purchased in 1914 to a state comparable ........more >
Nipmuck State Forest
Nipmuck State Forest and the adjoining Bigelow Hollow State Park offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails, and an 18-acre pond in Eastern Connecticut.........more >
Nye-Holman State Forest
Nye-Holman State Forest This forest came to the State in early 1931through a gift from Mrs. Alice Henry Hall of South Willington, CT. The forest is named for her great-grandfather, Samuel Nye and her father, William Holman. Mr. Nye received 500 acres in 1719, when Tolland was set off from Windsor. 186 ........more >
Penwood State Park
Penwood State Park offers almost 800 acres of four-season fun just a short drive from the Capitol City.........more >
Reeves Lookout State Wildlife Area
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Salmon River State Forest
Get a glimpse of earlier times as you walk through one of Connecticut's covered bridges. Enjoy a day of fishing and a picnic along the Salmon River.........more >
Shade Swamp State Wildlife Area
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Shenipsit State Forest
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South Windsor State Wildlife Area
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Stratton Brook State Park
Stratton Brook is a completely wheelchair accessible park offering swimming, picnicking and interpretive programs in a beautifully wooded setting.........more >
Sunset Rock State Park
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Trimountain State Park
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Tunxis State Forest
Tunxis State Forest is approximately 9,152 acres divided into sections on both sides of the Barkhamsted Reservoir. It contains large areas of unbroken forest in the towns of Hartland, Barkhamsted, and Granby. Even at the time of the original purchases for Tunxis in 1923, much of the area was already ........more >
Wadsworth Falls State Park
Spend a summer day cooling off in the mist of the waterfall or an autumn day hiking or biking the varied trails of the park.........more >
Windsor Meadows State Park
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