Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut, in Autumn

By RON LIZZI - GoOutsideBook.com

 

 

Having hiked in all 50 states while writing Go Outside and Come Back Better, I'm rarely wowed by the scenery in my home state of Connecticut. But I recently found one the best scenic views in the state, shown in the first photo below.

 

The first three photos below come from a hike to Berlin's South Mountain via the Metacomet Trail, while the other five were taken in Meriden's Hubbard Park, from overlooks on or near East Peak. The trails are described in the Hubbard Park Trail Map produced by the Meriden Land Trust. Other impressive but less natural views of Meriden and surrounding towns are available from these hikes.

 

These photos were taken on October 26, at the peak of fall foliage.

 

 

East Peak and Merimere Reservoir, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

East Peak with Castle Craig, Merimere Reservoir, and Mine Island in Meriden's Hubbard Park

viewed from the north overlook on Berlin's South Mountain

 

 

 

East Peak and Castle Craig, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

East Peak with Castle Craig in Meriden's Hubbard Park viewed from the north overlook on Berlin's South Mountain

 

 

 

East Peak and Merimere Reservoir, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

East Peak with Castle Craig, Merimere Reservoir, and Mine Island in Meriden's Hubbard Park

viewed from the south overlook on Berlin's South Mountain

 

 

 

Castle Craig atop East Peak, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

Castle Craig (dedicated in 1900) atop East Peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park

 

 

 

South Mountain and Merimere Reservoir, Connecticut

 

Berlin's South Mountain, Merimere Reservoir, and Mine Island

viewed from a Metacomet Trail overlook on East Peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park

 

 

 

Merimere Reservoir and Mine Island, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

Merimere Reservoir and Mine Island viewed from a Metacomet Trail overlook on East Peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park

 

 

 

Merimere Reservoir and Mine Island, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

Merimere Reservoir and Mine Island viewed from a Metacomet Trail overlook on East Peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park

 

 

 

East Peak cliff and Merimere Reservoir, Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

 

East Peak cliff and Merimere Reservoir viewed from a Metacomet Trail overlook on East Peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park

 

 

More autumn photos:

9 photos of fall foliage reflections in the Naugatuck State Forest in Oxford, Connecticut

4 photos from Kettletown State Park in Southbury and Oxford, Connecticut, in autumn

9 photos from the Chauncey Peak Loop Trail in Giuffrida Park, Meriden, Connecticut, in autumn

2 photos of Wadsworth Falls in Wadsworth Falls State Park, Connecticut, in autumn