Dennis Hill State Park

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Dennis Hill State Park

Connecticut

(860) 482-1817

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Overview

Dennis Hill, a 240-acre estate, was gifted to the State of Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, a noted New York surgeon. A unique summit pavilion (formerly summer residence), located at an elevation of 1627 feet, is a popular attraction. Haystack Mountain, Mt. Greylock, the Green Mountains, and a portion of the State of New Hampshire can be seen from the summit in clear weather. A paved road that is relatively easy to transcend leads to the building at the top of the hill. Additional trails wind through the woods of the park, where adventurers can find some of the oldest rocks in the state. Note that limited parking is available at the entrance, and the interior road is only open to vehicles on the weekends in October. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.

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Latitude, Longitude: 41.993527, -73.201820

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Hike to the summit of this 240-acre estate for panoramic views reaching as far away as New Hampshire. Fall foliage season makes Dennis Hill an autumn wonderland.

  • Historic Sites

    Dennis Hill, a 240-acre estate, was gifted to the State of Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, a noted New York surgeon. A unique summit pavilion (formerly summer residence), located at an elevation of 1627 feet, is a popular attraction.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic shelters and pit toilets for a comfortable picnic in a beautiful place.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoe or cross-country ski the trail for a delightful winter day.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. This park is a "walk-in" facility with limited parking available at the entrance. On weekends during the month of October the interior road is open to vehicles.

Directions

Driving

From the North -- Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA: travel south on Route 7 into Canaan and take a left heading east on Route 44, then take a right onto Route 272 south. The park will be on the left. From the South -- Greater Danbury area: travel north on Route 7 into Canaan and take a right heading east on Route 44, then take a right onto Route 272 south. The park will be on the left. From the East -- Hartford area: travel west on I-84, take Exit 39. Continue west on Route 4 onto Route 179 going north. From Route 179 get on Route 44. Take a left onto Route 272 south. The park will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 482-1817

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