New England has a variety of State Parks that make for perfect day trips. Here are some ideas to consider for a summer stop.
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.
Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME 04843
Scenic vista high atop Mt. Battie where sweeping views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and surrounding islands await. On a clear day, visitors can see Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park.
Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA 01966
On a clear day, visitors to Halibut Point State Park will be able to see Mount Agamenticus, located 81 miles away in Maine, and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. You can explore the parks trails and tide pools, picnic on the rocky ledges, and learn about the history of Cape Ann's granite industry.
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area
1823 Route 9
Chesterfield, NH 03443
Spans 13 acres. It offers great opportunities for hiking as you explore the footpaths along the gorge and enjoy the scenic views.
Beavertail State Park
Jamestown, RI 02835
Offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline. Beavertail also provides some of the best saltwater fishing in the area, along with offering hiking trails, and a naturalist program that attracts hundreds of people each year.
Alburgh Dunes State Park
151 Coon Point Road
Alburgh, VT 05440
625-acre property named for the sand dunes near the center and western end of the south-facing, natural sand beach. This beach is amongst the longest beaches on Lake Champlain.