Recreation Areas around Hartford

Black Rock Lake

Black Rock Lake is located next to Black Rock State Park. A portion of the 35-mile-long Mattatuck Blue Trail System crosses through the reservoir. The 21-acre lake is open seasonally for fishing and non-motorized boating. The lake and brook are stocked with brown, rainbow and brook trout by the State. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing. For up-to-date information, call (860) 283-4900.

Driving Directions

Route 8 to exit #38. Follow US Route 6 West to Route 109 North. The dam and reservoir area is one mile from the intersection of 6 and 109.

Colebrook River Lake

The 700-acre lake is open seasonally for fishing and boating and has a large boat ramp available. The lake and river are stocked with trout by the State. The fall foliage season offers spectacular views from atop the dam and from vessels while boating on the reservoir. Connecticut regulations and designated seasons apply. For up-to-date information, call (860) 379-8234.

Driving Directions

From Winsted, 6 miles north on CT 8.

Hancock Brook Lake

This shallow 40-acre lake and streamside environment provides excellent hiking, hunting, canoeing and fishing opportunities. The feeder streams and lake are stocked with brown, brook and rainbow trout by the State. Local anglers also enjoy fishing for bass, perch, bullhead, and pickerel and panfish are also popular. For up-to-date information, call (203) 729-8840.

Driving Directions

From Plymouth, take CN 262 south to south Main Street to lake.

Hop Brook Lake

Hop Brook Lake is a popular day use park with swimming and picnicking facilities, athletic fields, picnic shelters and over 7 miles of hiking trails winding through the woods and fields. Canoes, sailboards and rowboats are welcome on the 21-acre lake. The lake and its feeder streams are stocked with trout by the State. Cross-country skiing is popular during winter. For up-to-date information, call (203) 729-8840.

Driving Directions

From I-84 West, take exit 17 to end of ramp. Turn left (South) onto route 63. At the 4th traffic light, turn left into park entrance. Project office is 1 mile further South on left side. From I-84 East, take exit 17. Turn right at end of ramp. Travel south through 2 traffic lights. Park entrance will be on the left side. Park office is 1 mile further South on the same side.

Thomaston Dam

The Vista picnic area offers visitors excellent views of the dam and portions of the Naugatuck River Valley. The streamside environment is popular for fishing and upland game hunting. Riding trails are provided for seasonal trailbikes and snowmobiles. A radio-controlled model aircraft field, open to the public, is maintained by volunteers. For up-to-date information, call (860) 283-5540.

Driving Directions

From Thomaston, north on CN 222. The Dam and project office will 3/4 of a mile on the left hand side.

Conant Brook Dam

Horseback riders, mountain bikers, hikers and cross-country skiers will enjoy the miles of trails in the area. The streamside environment along Conant and Vinica brooks offers anglers excellent native trout fishing, while warmwater fishermen enjoy the pool above the dam. Hunting is also popular among park visitors. For up-to-date information, call (508) 347-3705.

Driving Directions

From Palmer, 4 miles south on MA 32, left on Wales Road, east 1.4 miles to dam.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

For nearly two centuries, the US Armed Forces and American industry looked to Springfield Armory for innovative engineering and superior firearms. Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation�s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Driving Directions

The entrance to Armory Square is on Federal Street in Springfield, MA. Armory Square is shared by Springfield Armory NHS and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). The park is located on the STCC campus. Follow the one way roadway around until you see the entrance sign for the park. If stopped by campus security let them know you are visiting the park. Parking is available in front of the Springfield Armory visitor center.