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ATTENTION: Hikers, Anglers and Hunters - Take precautions to protect against mosquito bites until the first hard frost. The CT DPH has reported the first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Connecticut this season (an adult resident of East Lyme).
So far, the EEE virus has been detected in mosquitoes in 12 towns (Chester, Haddam, Hampton, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Madison, North Stonington, Plainfield, Shelton, Stonington, and Voluntown) Additionally, the CT State Veterinarian's Office has reported EEE in horses in 5 towns (Columbia, Colchester, Salem, Sterling, and Voluntown) and in pheasants (North Stonington). Other states throughout the Northeast are also experiencing an active season for EEE, including Massachusetts (with 8 human cases of EEE and 1 fatality) and one human case that resulted in a fatality in Rhode Island. (More info at
Residents are urged to minimize activity at dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and pants, and use repellents when outside. For information on what can be done to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes and the latest mosquito test results and human infections, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at
Did you know?  
Your Connecticut registered vehicle is your Passport to Connecticut State Parks!
Anyone in a Connecticut-registered vehicle can park free of charge at all CT State Parks and Forests year-round. 
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Connecticut's rails-to-trails are a great way to easily explore some of our unique landscapes on foot, bike or horse back. Plan your visit using the Connecticut Rail Trail Explorer.
Details are now available for the 2019 “Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge.” The theme for this year is "Supervisors' and Staff Picks." 
Fort Trumbull is on Twitter!  Follow us @CTFortTrumbull
A number of exciting projects are taking place across the state in our State Parks.  See details on construction and renovation projects.
July 2, 2019 - The Seaside State Park RFP process has concluded with no award.
The park is open as a place for passive recreation activities including walking, fishing and birdwatching. The buildings on the property remain closed to the public.
Goodwin State Forest and Conservation Education Center
An Adventure for All Seasons
Connecticut State Park Videos on YouTube
For information on a specific park or forest, or for a park or forest phone number,
use the Select a Park or Forest link above.
For general questions about Connecticut state parks or forests, please email us at or call 860-424-3200.