In our opinion, New England has some of the most beautiful nature in the country. In Connecticut, Gay City State Park stands out as one of the best natural parks in the region. Our Connecticut adoption agents love bringing our families to disconnect and enjoy some time outdoors during summer weekends. The facilities and activities here offer something for everyone, and there are plenty of things that the whole family can enjoy together. Some of our favorite features of Gay City State Park include:
Gay City State Park has a youth campground area, where youth organizations like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. can rent out campsites for group camping trips. These groups are required to be youth-oriented and nonprofit. We think organized camping trips are a great way for kids to learn an appreciation for nature, learn how to survive in the outdoors, and to build lasting friendships with other local kids. Gay City State Park’s campground offers all of these benefits in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Connecticut.
Boating & Fishing
Gay City State Park’s lake makes for a beautiful setting for some relaxing fishing or a cruise on the boat, just make sure to have your license with you. The relaxed, slow pace of a day of fishing makes it easy to bond with your kids while teaching them a useful trade. This is one of our favorite ways to unwind on the weekend.
You can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake and relax on the beach if you’re not into boating and fishing.
The park has an extensive trail system with some of our favorite nature views in all of Connecticut. The crown jewel is a five-mile trail which runs through the entire park. The trails here also connect Gay City to Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury and through the Meshomasic State Forest to Birch Mountain Road in Glastonbury, where you can find the Case Mountain trail system.
Trails found at Gay City State Park include:
- Blue Trail – The blue trail features some architectural remnants from the park’s past, including chimney ruins.
- Red Trail Loop – This is the longest and most scenic trail in the park, at about 5 miles. You’ll cross the Blackledge River and see some gorgeous nature and wildlife.
- Yellow Trail – You’ll find some mill ruins here and views of the lake.
- White Trail – This is the simplest trail in the park and appropriate for beginners, kids, and older folks.