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Gay City State Park, Hebron

#49 of 66 in Nature in Connecticut
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Gay City State Park is a public recreation area on the Blackledge River in the towns of Hebron and Bolton, Connecticut. The state park occupies 1,569 acres (635 ha) bordering Meshomasic State Forest and is accessible from State Route 85. In addition to its deep forest, millpond, and marshland, the park bears trace remnants (foundations, stone walls, and ditches) of the mill town that occupied the site for most of the 19th century. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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  • A nice quiet spot that offers hiking trails, a lake with a beach (no life guards), and plenty of picnic tables and grills throughout the park.  more »
  • I hike there often. The paths are clear and marked. The views on the hike are gorgeous. Very private as well. Never too crowded. This is my oasis from the real world. I wish you could camp there. I.....  more »
  • One of my favorite state parks to hike in. Connects to Shinipsett trail if you're interested in exploring that as well. Options of easy to more moderate/ challenging hikes. Clearly blazed. swimming area open on season. No lifeguards on duty. Great place for kids & dogs.
  • This park is a wonderful place for some light excercise. Multiple loops through the forest offer 1, 3, 5 miles. There is swimming and fishing as well. Good stuff!

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