DEEP: State parks with a hike and a view closed after reaching pandemic capacity
Saturday’s sunny skies and temperatures in the pleasant 60s brought crowds to Connecticut’s state parks — especially those with prime views of autumn’s colorful splendor.
So many folks turned out, in fact, that parking lots at some state parks already were filled to capacity before noon.
And, because of social distancing requirements, that forced the closure of several state parks to new visitors.
Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden was the first park to close, just before 11 a.m. With clear skies Saturday, it was a prime destination for people to walk 1.5 miles to the summit for nice views of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area.
At 11:30 a.m., Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury closed to visitors hoping to catch the vistas of central Connecticut.
The 165-foot Heublein Tower sits on a 1,000-foot-high ridge. On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, 80 miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible. To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon. Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south. Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles.
At 11:48, Penwood State Park in Bloomfield — another park with a view — was closed. The park is the northerly portion of the Talcott Mountain Range. A section of Connecticut’s Blue-Blazed Trails system, the Metacomet, now traverses much of Penwood.
If you missed out Saturday on visiting these prime state parks with a view, go Sunday — the weather will be just as nice.
Just get there early.
To stay updated on Saturday’s state park closing,s visit https://twitter.com/CTStateParks.