8 Best Places to View Fall Foliage in Connecticut

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  • 01 of 09

    Top Picks for Autumn Color in Connecticut

    The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Bureau of Parks and Forests is letting fall foliage seekers in on their eight top picks for places to view autumn colors. They're worth the trip if you want to see and photograph Connecticut's best fall scenes. These state parks and forests not only boast superb fall foliage, they also offer viewing towers and lookouts so that you'll be able to treat yourself to a panoramic view of nature's vibrant display.

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  • 02 of 09

    Talcott Mountain State Park

    To get to Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury, Heublein Tower, travel three miles west from Bloomfield, Connecticut, on Route 185 to the entrance, just past mountain crest. Park along the road near the trailhead. Hike to the ridge, and bear left to the tower. The tower is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in the fall for views that take in the Farmington River Valley and, on a clear day, several states. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Macedonia Brook State Park

    Make your way to Macedonia Brook State Park, Warren, Cobble Mountain, to view a splash of fall colors. From Kent, take Route 341 west 2 miles to Macedonia. Take the first right onto Macedonia Brook Road into the park, bearing left at the fork. From the parking lot, take Cobble Mountain Trail. You'll be able to view the Harlem Valley into the Taconic and the Catskill Mountains.

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  • 04 of 09

    Mohawk State Forest

    Make Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall, Lookout Tower, a stop on your fall-foliage route. From Torrington, drive west on Route 4 for 14 miles to the park entrance, Toumey Road, on the left. At the T intersection, turn right onto Mohawk Mountain Road. The lookout tower is at the end. Scenic vistas to the north and west include the Catskill, Taconic, and Berkshire mountain ranges. Hikers can pick up the blue-blazed Mattatuck or Mohawk Trails, which cross the site. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Peoples State Forest

    The Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted, Chaugnam Lookout, should be on your autumn route. At the junction of Routes 318 and 181 in Pleasant Valley, Connecticut, travel east over the bridge and take the first left onto East River Road. The Jessie Gerard Trailhead is 2.4 miles ahead on the right. The yellow-blazed trail leads to two lookouts.

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  • 06 of 09

    Haystack Mountain State Park

    At Haystack Mountain State Park, West Norfolk, Stone Tower, you can "travel the twisting mountain road or hike the rugged trail to the top," notes the park's website. "Either way you will be astounded at the beauty of mountain laurel in June and the spectacular colors of foliage in the fall." From Norfolk, Connecticut, at the junction of Routes 44 and 272, take 272 north a half mile to the park entrance on the left. The entry road leads to the parking area, and a short trail walk of 15 minutes leads to the tower, providing a 360-degree panorama of the countryside.

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  • 07 of 09

    Pachaug State Forest

    The Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, Mt. Misery Overlook, sits on more than 1,000 acres that the state purchased from the Briggs Manufacturing Co. in Voluntown in 1928. The forest entrance is on Route 49, 0.6 miles north of Voluntown. Turn left into entrance and drive two miles west; bear left at the fork to the parking lot. Woods access road on the left leads to the overlook.

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  • 08 of 09

    Shenipsit State Forest

    Shenipsit State Forest, Somers, Observation Tower, offers you a chance view beautiful fall foliage and step back in history at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) museum located at the park. To get there from Somers, take Route 190 east for 1.25 miles to a blinking yellow traffic light. Turn right on Gulf Road and drive 2.25 miles to Soap Stone Mountain Road (the first right after Mountain View Road). The road leads to the tower parking lot. The blue-blazed Shenipsit Trail runs by the tower. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Sleeping Giant State Park

    Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Stone Tower, its name. To view this giant, drive north on Route 10 from Hamden for 2 miles to Mt. Carmel Avenue. The park's main entrance and parking are 0.25 mile ahead on the left. A gravel path from the parking lot leads 1.5 miles to the park's Stone Tower. A 360-degree panorama looks south on Long Island and north past Hartford.