Connecticut offers photographers opportunities to photograph the coast, lighthouses, mountains, woods, and waterfalls. On this page we’ll showcase some of the best locations in Connecticut for landscape photographers. The interactive map below shows the location of each spot mentioned on this page.
This page will continue to be a work in progress, so please feel free to leave a comment with your own suggestions of great places to photograph.
Wadsworth Falls State Park
Wadsworth Falls State Park is located about 20 miles south of Hartford. The main feature of the park is the main waterfall, which falls about 30 feet. The park provides hiking opportunities, and the falls can be reached with about a one mile hike, or from the waterfall parking at the southwest edge of the park.
Westfield Falls is located only about 5 miles from Wadsworth Falls State Park. The falls are very close to Interstate 91, and you can take exit 20 to get to the falls. There are actually two different drops of about 20 – 30 feet.
Castle Craig is located near Meriden, which is about 15 miles west of Wadsworth Falls State Park. It is part of Hubbard Park and sits atop East Peak. Castle Craig can be reached by car May through October, and hiking trails are open year round. The structure itself can be an interesting subject for photos, and just as appealing is the view that you can get from the observation tower.
Sleeping Giant State Park
Sleeping Giant State Park is located about 30 miles southwest of Hartford, and about 20 miles from Wadsworth Falls State Park. The park is home to Sleeping Giant, also known as Mount Carmel. The rugged mountain landscape provides plenty of great views and photographic opportunities.
Devil’s Hopyard State Park
Devil’s hopyard State Park is about a 30 mile drive east of Wadsworth Falls. The Eightmile River runs through the park, and the main feature of the park is Chapman Falls. The beautiful 60-foot falls can be reach very easily from a parking lot at the north end of the park. The park includes other trails worth exploring, including the blue trail that leads to Vista Point.
Kent Falls State Park
Kent Falls State Park in western Connecticut is an excellent location for photographing waterfalls. It features a series of waterfalls on Kent Falls Brook, a tributary of the Housatonic River. The falls drop a total of 250 feet, with the largest cascade being 70 feet. With an easy walk you can see the most significant parts of the falls.
Lovers Leap State Park
Lovers Leap State Park is located in western Connecticut, about 60 miles southwest of Hartford, and about 20 miles south of Kent Falls. The park features hiking trails and scenic vistas about the Housatonic River.
Mianus River Park
Mianus River Park, also known as Treetops, is a great location for hiking and viewing wildlife, especially birds. There is a 2.5 mile nature trail as well as several other trails. It is located in southwestern Connecticut, about 50 miles south of Lovers Leap State Park.
Silver Sands State Park
Silver Sands State Park is located in southern Connecticut between Bridgeport and New Haven. The park is nearly 300 acres and includes beach on the Long Island Sound, woods, and Charles Island. During low tide you can walk across the tombolo to Charles Island.
Southford Falls State Park
Southford Falls State Park is located in southwestern Connecticut about 30 miles north of Silver Sands State Park. The covered bridge and waterfalls are the main features of this park.
The Barkhamsted Reservoir of northwestern Connecticut, and particularly the Saville Dam, is another excellent subject for photographs.
Dean’s Ravine is located in northwestern Connecticut, about 30 miles west of the Saville Dam. Here you can hike the Mohawk Trail along Reed Brook (starting near the intersection of Cream Hill Road and Music Mountain Road in Canaan. From trail you will be able to take in the beauty of the Ravine and the waterfalls.
Rocky Neck State Park
Rocky Neck State Park is located in southern Connecticut, about 50 miles east of Silver Sands State Park. The park features trails, beaches, water views, salt marshes, and wildlife (mostly waterfowl).
Lighthouse Point Park
Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is the home to Five Mile Point Lighthouse. The park is located on the Long Island Sound, about 2o miles from Silver Sands State Park. The 80-foot lighthouse and the beautiful coast make an excellent photograph.
Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse
The Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, about 35 miles east of Lighthouse Point Park.
Mystic Seaport Lighthouse
The Mystic Seaport Lighthouse is a replica of the Brant Point Lighthouse. It is located on the Mystic River in the town of Mystic, about 30 miles east of the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse.