New England is overflowing with colonial history, incandescent autumn flora and beautiful state parks. Visitors to the state parks of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island will be delighted by the breathtaking beauty, vast tranquility and nature-inspired adventures.
Camden Hills State Park (Maine)
Edna St. Vincent Millay was so inspired when she spied the Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay from the top of Mt. Battle, she immortalized the view in her poem, “Renascence.” The view that so captivated the poet continues to impress visitors of Camden Hills State Park today. Visitors can even get a glimpse of Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain when the day is clear. The highest of the Camden Hills, Mt. Megunticook, is accessible by a foot trail. In addition to the wonderful hiking, Camden Hills State Park offers visitors the chance to birdwatch, camp, snowshoe, cross-country ski, ride horses, snowmobile and hunt.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park (Vermont)
Now hailed as Vermont’s most adventurous state park, Smugglers’ Notch State Park once served an illegal purpose—as a route for smuggling unauthorized goods. Now as a law-abiding state park, Smugglers’ Notch is a haven for the outdoor adventurer. Activities like bouldering, rock climbing and cooling off in waterfalls are available in the summer while ice climbing, cross country skiing on the notch road and backcountry skiing on the mountain are available in the winter.
Hikers will be amazed as they travel the length of the state of Vermont while hiking The Long Trail and awestruck by the incredible views of Lake Champlain and the Green and Adirondack mountains that can be seen from the summit.
Franconia Notch State Park (New Hampshire)
Nestled in the center of the White Mountain National Forest, Franconia State Park is a spectacular mountain pass. “Great Stone Face,” a.k.a. the Old Man of the Mountain who was made famous by Nathanial Hawthorne and Daniel Webster, made his home among this wondrous beauty.
The aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain will thrill visitors while a walk through Flume Gorge will be an inspiring adventure. Franconia State Park also offers visitors swimming in Echo Lake, biking on the Recreational Trail, hiking on the Appalachian Trail and fly fishing at Profile Lake.
Nickerson State Park (Massachusetts)
Nickerson State Park offers an unexpected side of Cape Cod. Instead of the Cape’s more famous salt marshes and sand dunes, this state park offers a magnificent world of trees that magically reveals eight ponds filled with crystal clear fresh water. These bodies of water are known as “kettle ponds,” and are the remnants of glaciers that were part of the Cape’s landscape 10,000 years ago. Since no streams or rivers supply water to these wonders, the depth of the water varies as a result of each season’s precipitation and available groundwater.
Nickerson State Park also offers hiking, biking, fishing and camping at the 400 campsites across its 1,900 acres.
Sleeping Giant State Park (Connecticut)
Sleeping Giant State Park doesn’t have a real sleeping giant, but it definitely looks like it does. The two miles of mountaintop that comprise this state park give the impression of a large man taking a nap, which is why this glorious stretch of natural beauty is referred to as the Sleeping Giant State Park. In addition to a magical atmosphere, the park also offers visitors opportunities to hike, stream fish, picnic and camp. A picturesque trail measuring one-and-a-half miles leads visitors to the peak of Mt. Carmel, where they will see an exquisite view of the New Haven area and Long Island Sound from the stone observation tower.
Lincoln Woods State Park (Rhode Island)
One of Blackstone Valley’s most precious resources and well-known destinations of northeastern Rhode Islanders, Lincoln Woods State Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Boasting many opportunities for outdoor fun, Lincoln Woods State Park offers visitors a chance to swim at the fresh water beach, relax under a beautiful shade tree, ride horses, fish for trout, jog, play ball and hike.
These New England state parks filled with beauty, adventure and stunning landscapes are sure to inspire and delight visitors.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.