Visitor Information

General Information

Buses

Swimming

Boating

Camping

Interpretive Facilities

Year Round Centers

Seasonal Nature Centers

Venture into Connecticut's Past

Access for People with Disabilities

Winter Activities

Special Passes

General Information

State Park and Forest Recreation Areas are open to the public year round, as conditions permit, from 8:00 A.M. until sunset. Parking fees are charged at major developed areas. Site maps are available for many of the parks.

Pets are not permitted at Sherwood Island, Dinosaur or Squantz Pond State Parks, or State Park Campgrounds. Dogs must be on a leash at all times in parks where dogs are permitted.


Buses

Groups wishing to visit by bus must secure a bus permit by contacting the Office of State Parks by mail or telephone (860) 424-3200 at least fourteen days prior to the visit.


Swimming

Connecticut offers it's visitors a wide variety of swimming areas from the "old swimming hole" to the shoreline of Long Island Sound. Whether you enjoy splashing in cool clear water or sunbathing on warm sparkling sand, our State beaches offer the perfect way to spend a hot summer day.


Boating

Connecticut's abundance of both fresh and salt water has made boating and fishing popular pastimes. Providing the public with access to the water has been an important part of the State's recreational program. The State operates 106 public boat launch areas which give boaters access to lakes, streams, and Long Island Sound.

A complete listing of boat launch locations may be obtained by writing to DEP Boating Division at P.O. Box 280, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371-0280 or calling (860) 434-8638 and requesting the booklet entitled "Connecticut Boater's Guide".

 

 

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Set Your Sites On Camping . . .

Connecticut has over 1,400 campsites available for your camping enjoyment. Camping areas can be found in a variety of settings including shadowy woodlands, sandy shoreline beaches, inland lakes, and secluded islands. For a great outdoor adventure, spend your vacation with us.

The camping season begins on the third weekend in April and ends the last weekend in September. Off season camping is available in designated areas from October 1st through December 31. Pack your woollies!

Showers, toilets and drinking water are provided in most areas. Sewer connections and electrical hookups are not available at any of the areas. Reservations are available.

Backpack Camping
Backpack camping sites have been established in locations associated with the Connecticut Blue Trail System and the Appalachian Trail. The sites are primitive with few, if any, facilities. Small, adirondack-type shelters can be found at several locations. The stay at each site is limited to one night. Location maps may be obtained by contacting the State Parks Division.

River Camping
Three public canoe camp areas have been established along the Connecticut River. These are located at Hurd, Gillette, and Selden Neck State Parks. The sites are primitive and may be used for overnight stops by those traveling on the River.

Complete information concerning the river camping program is available in a brochure entitled "River Camping".

Youth Group Camping
Certain park and forest areas have been established for youth group tent camping. The youth group areas are available free of charge provided that the group sponsor is a recognized non-profit, youth organization.

Information about the locations and guidelines for Youth Group Camping is available by writing or calling the State Parks Division.

Horse Camp Areas
Two campgrounds have been set up for equestrian use in Natchaug and Pachaug State Forests.

Camping Program Information
For more information describing the entire camping program, please call or write: State Parks Division, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, DEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. TEL: (860) 424-3200. FAX: (860) 424-4070.

 

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Interpretive Facilities

What better way to learn about nature than to be surrounded by it? Visitors become involved in the outdoor experience through self-guided nature trails and programs sponsored by our seasonal and year-round nature-environmental centers. Join us for the fun of learning.

Year Round Centers:

Dinosaur State Park Exhibit Center
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Questions concerning programs and services, and group reservations call: (860)529-5816.

James L. Goodwin Conservation Center
Hampton, Connecticut
Group reservations and information call: (860)455-9534.

Kellogg Environmental Center
Derby, Connecticut
Group reservations and information call: (203)734-2513


Seasonal Nature Centers:

Meig's Point Nature Center
Hammonassett Beach: (203)245-8743

Rocky Neck Nature Center
Rocky Neck Campground: no phone - Park phone (860)739-5471

 

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Venture into Connecticut's Past

Surround yourself in the heritage of our State: experience Revolutionary War Battles, tour mansions of great philanthropists, view 200 million year old dinosaur tracks, see archaeological sites, or learn about our industrial past. We invite you to visit our Historic Parks and share with us a bit of yesterday.


Access for People with Disabilities

The Department of Environmental Protection is working to improve accessibility to its recreational areas so that individuals with disabilities may enjoy the outdoor experience. Most of Connecticut's State Parks have facilities which are accessible to individuals with disabilities. In addition, beach wheelchairs are available at the shore parks and fishing platforms are available at the public water bodies which have outstanding fishing potential.


Those facilities which are accessible to individuals with disabilities are indicated by (H) in the listings.


Winter Activities

There's no need to stay home when the weather turns cold-the fun continues all winter long!

Ski Touring
Many of our parks and forests offer excellent terrain and miles of trails for cross-country skiers.
Contact the Office of State Parks for the "Ski Touring" brochure.

Downhill Skiing
Mohawk Mountain, a facility leased from the DEP, is one of the State's most popular ski areas. Information concerning ski operations and conditions may be obtained by contacting Mohawk Ski Area, Cornwall, Connecticut 06753, (860)672-6100 and (860)672-6464.

Snowmobiling
There are 11 designated areas within Connecticut State Forests where the use of snowmobiles on established trails and forest roads is authorized. Over 85 miles of trails are open to snowmobiles. A brochure entitled "Snowmobiling in Connecticut" describes the program in detail.

More Winter Fun!
Other popular activities include skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice boating, winter camping, and dog sled racing. Locations of these activities are indicated in the park and forest directory of this brochure.


Special Passes

For the frequent park visitor, Connecticut offers a special Season Pass at a nominal fee. The pass permits annual vehicle access to any Connecticut State recreation day use area without an additional fee.

Charter Oak Passes are available to Connecticut Senior Citizens (age 65 and over) free of charge. These passes permit access at sites where there is an admission charge.

Both passes are available to Connecticut residents only. Contact the State Parks Division for information on obtaining a pass.

 

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