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Video:Where and When to Leaf Peep in Connecticut

with Kaytie Sproul

Want to lean where and when to leaf peep in Connecticut during the fall? Here, see information about leaf peeping in CT.See Transcript

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Transcript:Where and When to Leaf Peep in Connecticut

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today we're going to talk about where and when to leaf peep in Connecticut. With it's numerous state parks and scenic country roads, Connecticut is a great place to get out and enjoy the breath-taking views of fall foliage. Let's take a closer look.

Basics on Where and When to Leaf Peep in Connecticut

Connecticut's foliage season begins in mid- to late-September, with peak leaf peeping season running mid-October through mid-November. As you plan your trip, you'll want to frequently check the foliage reports for the area, which are updated regularly on numerous websites beginning in September of each season. You can also call the state's foliage hotline at 888-CT-VISIT for the latest report. When seeking out the best in fall foliage, you can't go wrong with the numerous state parks in Connecticut, all of which offer viewing towers and lookouts.

Information on Where and When to Leaf Peep in Connecticut

If you're in western Connecticut, be sure to check out Macedonia Brook State Park off of Route 341, Mohawk State Forest off of Route 4W, or Mt. Tom State Park off of Route 202. Visiting Northern Connecticut? You can't go wrong with the Dennis Hill State Park off Route 272, Peoples State Forest off Routes 318 and 181, Shenipsist State Forest off Route 190E, and Talcott Mountain State Park off 185W.

Leaf Peeping in Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut is home to Pachaug State Forest off Route 49N, while Southern Connecticut offers leaf peepers a chance to get their fill at Sleeping Giant State Park off Route 10N. Probably the most famous fall foliage location in Connecticut is the Route 169 scenic drive in the Eastern "Quiet Corner" region of the state. This particular 32-mile path takes you along rolling farmland, colonial homesteads, churches, and picturesque towns and villages, all littered with an abundance of bright fall foliage. Designated a National Scenic Byway, the Merritt Parkway, or Route 15, winds through Fairfield County, providing an incredible, scenic drive with Fall foliage abounding.

More About Leaf Peeping in Connecticut

Located in Southern Connecticut, you'll want to take advantage of the Parkway on weekends, as it is a prime commuters' route Monday through Friday. If you prefer a guided experience, you might want to head over to Northeastern Connecticut's Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers, also known as "The Last Green Valley," for one of the "Walking Weekends" scheduled in October. More than 100 free guided walks are offered throughout the region, as well as cycling tours of nearby areas that are ideal for leaf peeping.

Beyond this, the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau offers several suggested driving tours that are perfect for Fall with routes geared toward antique hunters, countryside seekers, photographers, and history buffs. When it comes to beautiful Fall foliage, punctuated by historical and picturesque towns, Connecticut is hard to beat. Whether you prefer hiking, leisurely walks, cycling, or driving tours, there something for just about everyone wanting to leaf peep in this quaint state.

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