Oct 14, 2010
01:34 PM
Discover Connecticut

Fall Foliage Rides

 

Autumn is our favorite season in Connecticut, simply the best time of the year to be here. It's a great time to explore the state, and here are five scenic rides for you to try this weekend if you want enjoy foliage, food and fun.

1. Starting in Bulls Bridge and heading north on Route 7 to Cornwall Bridge. Bring your camera, as in addition to the amazing foliage of the Litchfield Hills, you will pass two historic covered bridges -- one at the start of the ride and one near the end. In between in Kent, a nice little town to explore, as well as Kent Falls State Park, which features a majestic 250-foot-high waterfall. An idyllic spot for a picnic.

2. Starting in Canterbury and heading north on Route 169 to Woodstock. A quiet ride through the bucolic Quiet Corner, this tour offers plenty of rustic landscapes, horse farms and stone walls. There's also a bit of history in Canterbury at the Prudence Crandall Museum, former home of the Official State Heroine, plus nice restaurants, antiques shops and other attractions, such as Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, a National Historic Landmark.

3. Starting in New Milford and heading north on Route 202 to Route 45 in New Preston, then around Lake Waramaug. The stretch from New Milford to New Preston is mostly rolling terrain and farms, and New Preston itself is a quaint village with a few small shops. The highlight of this trip, however, is making a lap around Lake Waramaug, which has great fishing, boating and picnicking. Along the narrow lake road are a few exquisite inns, a state park and Hopkins Vineyard, which offers tours and tastings.

4. Starting in Branford and heading along the coast on Route 146 to Guilford, then north on Route 77 to Durham. This ride offers 12-plus miles of official scenic roadway, alternating between coastline marshes and light woods. It also passes the Guilford green, where there is a bevy of excellent restaurants and shops. Heading north on Route 77 takes you by a number of small farms, which have roadside stands during harvest season. Speaking of the harvest, the ride ends in Durham, home of the Durham Fair (Sept. 23-26), the largest agricultural fair in the state.

5. Starting in Sharon and heading north on Route 41 to Salisbury. A picturesque ride through the heights of the Litchfield Hills, providing some of the most spectacular foliage for avid leaf-peepers. Sharon, Lakeville and Salisbury centers are all charming spots to stop, with abundant shopping and dining. If you want to stop the car and stretch your legs a bit, inviting sections of the Appalachian Trail wind through here.

These are just a few of the many, many different ways you can go about exploring the state. Feel free to share any of your favorite rides.

Fall Foliage Rides

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