University is at the heart of the nation's best fall foliage

We're fortunate to be at the epicenter of some of the best fall foliage in the country. Throughout the autumn, our campuses are surrounded by a blanket of vibrant red, orange, brown and gold leaves.

As the leaves reach peek colors, here are a few of the best spots throughout the state to enjoy the colors: 

Sleeping Giant State Park: Hamden is known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giant.” Located just across the street from our Mount Carmel Campus, this 739-foot mountain provides one of the best views of both the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses — as well as New Haven and Long Island Sound.  

Lake Wintergreen: If you’re in the mood for a fall foliage stroll, the Lake Wintergreen Trail is the perfect way to enjoy New England’s fall scenery. The 1.5-mile trail located just a couple miles from our Hamden campuses, this Hamden spot is a must-visit spot within West Rock Ridge State Park. 

Roaring Brook Falls:  Just a few minutes from our three campuses in Cheshire, Roaring Brook Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the state. The hike is a great way to enjoy the New England fall ambiance. 

Lyman Orchards: With a variety of activities such as apple picking, a corn maze and a haunted attraction, it is the perfect way to get yourself in the fall spirit with a beautiful fall setting and festive activities.

Gilette Castle: Explore the cozy castle and quaint downtown of East Haddam that goes along the Connecticut River. It is a great place to shop, eat and sight-see. 

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: This picturesque trail is located right across the street from the York Hill Campus and runs from New Haven to the Massachusetts border. The trail is the perfect way to take a study break and surround yourself with nature — by bike or on foot. 

Hidden Valley Preserve: The town that inspired the hit-TV series “Gilmore Girls,” is a quaint spot that is perfect to put you in the fall spirit — especially when exploring the beautiful Steep Roc and Hidden Valley preserves, home of beautiful bridges, trails and even an abandoned rail tunnel. 

Talcott Mountain State Park: One of the most scenic mountains to hike and enjoy fall foliage in the state. Located in Simsbury, Connecticut and about an hour drive from our campuses, it is the perfect way to take a study break and enjoy a fall afternoon — and enjoy views from the unrivaled 164-foot-high Heublein Tower. 

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