A Look at Connecticut's State Parks and Forests

Kent Falls State Park in Kent, CT.
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From the glistening Hammonasset shoreline to the winding paths of the Blue-Blazed trails, Connecticut is home to 139 of the most beloved parks and forests in our region.

For the past 100 years, our state park and forest system has provided locals -- and a lot of visitors -- with access to some of the greatest spots for hiking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, fishing -- the list goes on. 

But, without proper attention to funding and preservation, these lands might not be here forever.

On this program, we take a look back on the past century of our state parks and forests. And we also discuss some of the efforts being made to make sure they’re here for centuries to come.


  • Tom Tyler - DEEP Director of State Parks and Public Outreach 
  • Al Levere - DEEP State Parks Division 
  • Eric Hammerling - Executive director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association 
  • State Representative Mary Mushinsky (D-Wallingford) - State Representative for the 85th Assembly District 

The CPBN Media Lab's Outdoor Enthusiast video series includes a number of explorations of some of Connecticut's great parks, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, Kent Falls, and The Metacomet Trail. Learn more about the CPBN Media Lab by clicking here.