Autumn is a spectacular season in New England. Cooler weather and incredible fall foliage make fall a great time to hike in Connecticut. Located in Connecticut’s rural northwest corner, Norfolk is one of the first towns in the state to see fall colors and with thousands of acres of preserved land and 3 state parks, it offers many opportunities to experience the autumn’s incredible beauty.
Where to View the Best View Fall Foliage
New England hiking trails can be quite crowded with leaf peepers in October. But the hiking trails in Norfolk showcase the incredible fall colors without the crowds found in the more well-known parks.
At more than 1,700 feet, Haystack Mountain is one of Connecticut’s highest peaks. The historic stone tower at the top provides 360 degree views of peaks in 3 states: New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. There’s no better place to view fall foliage! Hikers can either take a longer trail with a gradual incline from the park entrance (~1.5 miles) or drive up to a small parking area and hike just ½ mile up to the tower. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning view no matter which hike you choose.
Campbell Falls is another not-to-be-missed fall hike. The hike begins on a fern-lined forest path which crosses into Massachusetts just before you reach the 100ft waterfall. It’s possible to climb part of the way up the falls on the rocks to the right, but it’s quite steep and slippery so don’t consider it unless you’re wearing hiking shoes.
Dennis Hill is a 240-acre estate that was gifted to Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, a noted New York surgeon. A unique stone pavilion at the summit, formerly the doctor’s summer residence, sits at an elevation of 1627 feet and offers incredible views of 3 states. It’s a ¾ mile hike to the top from the park entrance and non-hikers can drive all the way up to the pavilion. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the spectacular view.