Hubbard Park in Autumn

Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut

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

 

 

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