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Best Places to Picnic in Connecticut

One of the original 13 states, Connecticut is known as the "Constitution State."  It gets its name from an Algonquian word meaning "land on the long tidal river." 

Hartford has been the capital of Connecticut since 1875 and the state flower is the mountain laurel.

  • State Park Sites
    • Above All State Park 31 acres
    • Airline State Park
    • Beckley Iron Furnace Industrial Monument
    • Bigelow Hollow State Park 513 acres
    • Black Rock State Park 443 acres
    • Bluff Point State Park 806 acres
    • Burr Pond State Park 436 acres
    • Campbell Falls State Park Reserve
    • Chatfield Hollow State Park 355.6 acres
    • Collis P. Huntington State Park 878 acres
    • Connecticut Valley Railroad 300 acres
    • Day Pond State Park 180 acres
    • Dennis Hill State Park 240 acres
    • Devil's Hopyard State Park 860 acres
    • Dinosaur State Park 60 acres
    • Farm River State Park 61 acres
    • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park 16 acres
    • Fort Trumbull State Park
    • New London Gay City State Park 1,569 acres
    • Gillette Castle State Park 184 acres
    • Haddam Meadows State Park 175 acres
    • Haley Farm State Park 198 acres
    • Hammonasset Beach State Park 919 acres
    • Harkness Memorial State Park 116 acres
    • Haystack Mountain State Park 224 acres
    • Hop River State Park Trail
    • Hopeville Pond State Park 544 acres
    • Housatonic Meadows State Park 451 acres
    • Hurd State Park 884 acres
    • Indian Well State Park 153 acres
    • John A. Minetto State Park 678 acres
    • Kent Falls State Park 295 acres
    • Kettletown State Park 492 acres
    • Lake Waramaug State Park 95 acres
    • Levy State Park
    • Lovers Leap State Park
    • Macedonia Brook State Park 2,300 acres
    • Mansfield Hollow State Park 2,328 acres
    • Mashamoquet Brook State Park 860 acres
    • Millers Pond State Park (in Cockaponset State Forest)
    • Mohawk Mountain State Park 260 acres
    • Moosup Valley State Park Trail
    • Mount Tom State Park 232 acres
    • Old Furnace State Park
    • Osbornedale State Park 350 acres
    • Penwood State Park 787 acres
    • Putnam Memorial Park 183 acres
    • Quaddick State Park 116 acres
    • Rocky Neck State Park 708 acres
    • Scantic River State Park
    • Selden Neck State Park 528 acres
    • Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve 313 acres
    • Sherwood Island State Park 234 acres
    • Silver Sands State Park
    • Sleeping Giant State Park 1,439 acres
    • Southford Falls State Park 120 acres
    • Squantz Pond State Park 172 acres
    • Stratton Brook State Park 148 acres
    • Talcott Mountain State Park 557 acres
    • Wadsworth Falls State Park 285 acres
    • West Rock Ridge State Park 1,533 acres
    • Wharton Brook State Park 96 acres
    • Wallingford
  • State Forests
    • AMERICAN LEGION - 782 acres
    • COCKAPONSET - 15,652 acres
    • JAMES L. GOODWIN - 2,171 acres
    • MOHAWK - 3,351 acres
    • NATCHAUG - 12,935 acres
    • NEHANTIC - 3,798 acres
    • NIPMUCK - 8,058 acres
    • PACHAUG - 22,938 acres
    • PATTACONK RESERVOIR AREA (of Cockaponset State Forest), Haddam, 15,652 acres (entire Cockaponset Forest)
    • PEOPLES - 2,954 acres
    • SALMON RIVER - 6,115 acres
    • SHENIPSIT STATE FOREST - 6,126 acres
    • TOPSMEAD - 514 acres
  • National Park Sites
    • Appalachian
    • Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley
    • Weir Farm
  • County Parks
    • Fairfield County
    • Hartford County
    • Litchfield County
    • Middlesex County
    • New Haven County
    • New London County
    • Tolland County
    • Windham County
  • City and Town Parks
    • Bridgeport
    • New Haven
    • Hartford
    • Stamford
    • Waterbury
    • Norwalk
    • Danbury
    • New Britain

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