Connecticut is home to one National Historic Site and is also part of the Appalachian NST. There are three affiliated sites within the National Parks in Connecticut.
You can experience the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and river valleys while traveling through Connecticut. Connecticut is the third smallest state from north to south so it doesn't take long to explore this great New England state.
National Parks in Connecticut
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm NHS protects and shares the home of renowned art Impressionist, J. Alden Weir. The historic park was created in 1990 and continues to host artists in residence. As a visitor, you can partake in the "Take Part in Art" program.
From May through October, you can pick up a set of free-to-use art supplies from the visitor center porch to create your own masterpiece. You can find colored pencils, pastels, and paper are offered during visitor center hours (Wed-Sun), and watercolor paints are available on weekends.
If you want to explore more of the historic site you can pick up the Follow the Paintings Site Guide which guides you around the farm to see specific spaces where art was created.
If you are an artist you can apply for a month-long artist in residence program. You can apply to live and work in a place where famous artists have been inspired.
The park is 60 acres plus the adjacent 50-acre Weir Preserve.
Location: Southwestern Connecticut, 16 miles northwest of Bridgeport
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is also known as the A.T. There are 52 miles of the trail that pass through northwestern Connecticut. The entire trail is 2,179 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia.
The trail follows along the ridges to the East of the Taconic Mountains and West of the Housatonic River Valley. There are 2000 feet of elevation gain while in Connecticut.
One cool thing is a 3/4 mile portion of the trail is wheelchair accessible near Falls Village. If you decide to hike a portion of the trail you can expect to see beautiful forests, scenic views, small-town colonial New England, covered bridges, waterfalls, and gorges!
Campfires are prohibited along the trail in Connecticut. Camping is only allowed in designated areas.
For more information check out this Appalachian Trail guide to Massachusetts-Connecticut or this map of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts/Connecticut.
Location: Passes through the Northwestern corner of Connecticut.
Connecticut National Parks
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
- Weir Farm National Historic Site
- New England Scenic Trail (MA, CT)
- The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor (CT, MA)
- Washington - Rochambeau National Historic Trail (MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC)
There are 2 National Parks in Connecticut with over 36,000 visitors each year. The Connecticut National Parks produces over $2.8 million in economic benefits each year.
The National Parks in Connecticut include 2 National Heritage Areas, 4 wild and scenic rivers managed by the National Park Service, 3 National Trails, and 1,620 National Register of Historic Places listings.
There are 62 National Historic Landmarks and 8 National Natural Landmarks in Connecticut National Parks.
The National Parks in Connecticut protect 2 threatened and endangered species.
If you have dreamed of working in the National Parks make sure and check out our article on How to Become a Park Ranger. Working in the parks is one of the most amazing jobs you can find. There is just something special about waking up and knowing you are going to work in a beautiful park.
National Parks in the Neighboring States