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Explore Connecticut State Parks


Image of Kettletown State Park

The Connecticut State Park Commission formed in 1913 and fifteen months later purchased property in Westport which became known as Sherwood Island State Park - Connecticut’s first state park. Over the course of the following 100+ years the Connecticut State Park system has grown to encompass 142 state parks and forests.

Whether camping at a state campground, swimming at a state swim area, launching your boat at one of the 100 plus public boat launches, horseback riding or biking along a state park trail, letterboxing in a state forest, hiking near a waterfall, or ski touring your way around the state, Connecticut’s vast system of state parks and forests has something to offer every outdoor enthusiast.

So get outside and enjoy all of the recreational resources and outdoor activities offered by Connecticut’s state parks, forests and waterways!

Family Activities
Camping
Educational/Interpretive
Historical Sites
Pavilion Rentals
Picnicking
Youth Group Camping

Nature Activities
Biking
Birding
Hiking
Horse Camping
Hunting
Letterboxing
Mountain Biking
Scenic Overlook/Observation Tower

Active and Team Sports
Cross-Country Skiing

Field Sports
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating
Snowmobiling

Water-Related Activities
Canoeing/Kayaking
Freshwater Fishing
Motor Boating
Saltwater Fishing
S.C.U.B.A. Diving
Shellfishing
Swimming
Waterfalls