There’s always a slight tinge of sadness that accompanies the transition from summer into autumn, but every year I find myself enjoying the fall months a little more.
While the cooler air, pumpkin beer, football, and the fact that I can walk around comfortably in a hoodie and jeans is certainly nice, the colorful foliage is definitely the most magical part of fall.
I haven’t ventured out to all of these spots myself, but rumor has it these are the best places to catch a glimpse of the changing leaves in Connecticut.
1. Haystack Mountain State Park
Up in Northwest CT sits Haystack Mountain. With an elevation of 1,673 ft., it’s a quick hike to the top where you can enjoy the panoramic view from the Stone Tower.
2. Macedonia Brooke State Park
If foliage is your main goal, you’re going to want to hike up the Cobble Mountain Trail. You’ll get to glimpse across the state border into the Catskill and Taconic Mountains, as well as Harlem Valley.
3. Mohawk State Forest
There are two towers in Mohawk state forest: Cunningham and the Mohawk Fire Tower, but the latter one is not accessible to the public. Cunningham Tower stands about 30 feet tall. Watch out though, rumor has it the site is a frequent gathering spot for ghosts and ghouls.
4. People’s State Forest
With over 11 miles of trails—some of which is steep and rugged terrain—you’re going to want to know where you’re going before you begin to hike through this forest. But even if you get lost, you’re bound to stumble upon some great views of the fall foliage.
5. Shenipsit State Forest
The observation tower on top of Mt. Soapstone is definitely one of the best spot to view the changing leaves in CT. You can hike through a longer trail or park your car closer for a shorter walk.
6. Sleeping Giant State Park
The clifftops that are a part of this trap rock mountain offer near panoramic views that are perfect for catching a glimpse of the fall leaves. The whole formation spans 2.75 miles long by 1.75 miles wide, and can be traversed using the Quinnipiac trail.
7. Talcott Mountain State Park
Another trap rock mountain with views from cliffs, this time of the Farmington River valley. The Metacomet Trail covers the 13-mile ridge. The 165-foot-tall Hublein Tower is also located in the park. Climb up the 110 steps and and you’ll find yourself with quite the view of the Farmington Valley, West Hartford, and the Hartford skyline.