What to do in Dennis Hill State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

This park is a "walk-in" facility with limited parking available at the entrance. Hike to the summit of this 240-acre estate for panoramic views reaching as far away as New Hampshire.

History-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.

Dennis Hill State Park has a wide variety of opportunities for wildlife observation in their wonderful facilities.

Recreation
Dennis Hill State Park is an excellent place for hiking and picnicking.

Location
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.

Climate
The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

Address
385 Burr Mountain Road
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-482-1817

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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