Jun 2, 201412:06 PMLitchfield
Get Reacquainted with Nature
Litchfield County is a haven for serene landscapes and natural beauty; this summer is the perfect time to explore the array of preserves, farms, and bodies of water that Northwestern Connecticut has to offer. Ruwet Farm in Torrington is the ideal location for a day of blueberry picking in the sunshine.
For a more active alternative, Emery Park’s spring-powered swimming area in Kent is open during the summer months and hiking trails are accessible year-round. In between activities, visitors can enjoy the picnic areas equipped with grills. The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield also boasts a sanctuary with thousands of acres of water, woods, trails, and campgrounds to experience every facet of nature the Connecticut way. For similar opportunites to picnic, swim, camp, and fish, check out Lake Waramaug in Kent. For spectacular views, visit Kent Falls and Bull’s Covered Bridge River Walk in Kent to experience some of the area’s most popular waterfalls.
Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury has vast expanses of hiking trails and plant life, as well as the award-winning Botany Trail which showcases over a hundred species of flora. Plants and animals abound at the Sharon Audubon Center, where visitors can get up close to live animals and displays in the Exhibit Room or meander through the nature trails on the grounds. For animal lovers, Action Wildlife in Goshen provides fun for the whole family with an exotic safari and interactive petting zoo.
Many Litchfield County parks offer different ways to cool off during the summer, such as Mount Tom State Park in Washington which allows swimming, non-motor boating, fishing, and scuba diving. After a day of water fun, guests can hike to the unique lookout tower to enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Candlewood Lake is also the perfect venue for water sports and activities to beat the summer heat.
Whatever the destination, summer is about enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of the natural beauty in The Litchfield Hills.