The Best Hikes Near Wallingford, CT

Wallingford is a town of 40 square miles located in New Haven County, CT, on the central eastern border of the state. If you love spending time in the outdoors and want to explore Connecticut hiking opportunities, these are our favorite trails within just a short drive of Wallingford.

Tyler Mill Preserve, Wallingford
You don’t even have to leave Wallingford for great hiking if you head to Tyler Mill Preserve. This large wooded area in the southern part of town has more than 15 miles of both short and long trails that traverse forests and streams, making it the ideal excursion for novice and seasoned hikers alike. Horseback riding and mountain biking are also permitted at the preserve.

Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden
Drive just 15 minutes southwest of Wallingford to visit Sleeping Giant State Park, which features clearly marked trails and gorgeous views of the Connecticut countryside. The name sleeping giant refers to two miles of mountaintop that resemble a climbing man when viewed from the ground. You can take a 1.5-mile walk along a scenic nature trail to reach the observation tower at the park’s highest point or explore countless miles of additional trails.

Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
Head northeast from Wallingford for about 20 minutes to view the breathtaking scenery at Wadsworth Falls State Park. This coastal area offers mountain biking, swimming, fishing, and picnicking in addition to miles of hiking trails, including the main Orange Trail along the Cogincahug River. Stroll along one of the many short jaunts or connect the various trails for a full-day hike, including exploration of the eponymous falls, of course.

Giuffrida Park, Meriden
This 600-acre preserve has a reservoir along with some of the state’s best hiking. You’ll find trails with access to the birds-eye views on Chauncey Peak and Mount Lamentation along with wetland meadows. If the rocky ridgeline trails are too challenging, try the Crescent Lake Loop for a pleasant, level stroll. From the park’s Mattabesett Trail, you can connect with the New England National Scenic Trail, a 212-mile route that spans from the Long Island Sound to the New Hampshire State border with access points in 41 communities along the way.

About the author: Victoria is a guest contributor from The Wallingford Victorian Inn, a historic inn in Wallingford, CT with six luxury suites.

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