This fall foliage cruise on the Essex Riverboat is a great activity for the whole family. From September 18th through October 21st, the riverboat takes guests through the Connecticut River Valley when the leaves are at their peak. This excursion can also include a ride on a heritage railroad aboard the Essex Steam Train.
The view of the fall leaves on the drive to Kent Falls State Park is part of the fun. After crossing the covered bridge, enjoy the leaf peeping at this park by taking advantage of the picnic area or by hiking the trail loop along the waterfall. The hike is moderate, kid-friendly, and leashed dogs are allowed. Kent Falls is located near a variety of restaurants and shops as well as other great trails and leaf peeping spots.
The Mohawk State Forest, located in Cornwall, has both a hiking trail and a scenic overlook for leaf peeping. It is a popular spot on any fall foliage tour because of its amazing views, hiking trail, and fishing spots. The view of the leaves from the 1,683 foot Mohawk Mountain can’t be missed.
The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford is a great place to visit for a day of leaf peeping. The 93 acre property has 12 gardens and multiple hiking trails to explore with the whole family and pets are allowed when on leash. Bartlett offers many ways to enjoy nature including weekly yoga hikes through the sanctuary and art classes in the educational center.
Follow the CT Wine Trail through Litchfield County to enjoy the leaves in their peak through late October. Sample special fall varieties such as Apple Cider Wine at Hopkins Vineyard or the Honey Nut Apple at Haight-Brown Vineyard.