Castle Craig
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Andres C
Newington, CT366 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
You can get to Castle Craig by driving up, hiking up (through the woods), or walking up the paved path. We chose to hike up. The hike was short, but moderately intense. It has several very steep climbs that are totally doable. It gets rocky at the tail end. The path isn’t very well marked, but it’s hard to get lost. It’s well traveled.

There are two areas to “summit”. On one side you’ve got Castle Craig. It provides a nice safe view. I’d love to go back in the Fall for New England foliage. On the other side (a 4 minute walk from where Castle Craig is) you get a nice view of Castle Craig from across. I prefer this view to get pictures and avoid the crowd.

Pro Tip: if you choose the path that starts closest to the Hubbard Park entrance, you’ll want to look out for the bridge that gets you over the highway. It’s not obvious, but you need to get over this to continue towards Castle Craig. If you continue going straight instead you’ll almost immediately end up near the street and you’ll need to turn back around to get to the bridge that gets you over the highway.

Spend some time in Hubbard Park. It reminds me of a miniature Central Park. It’s really beautiful with a couple of waterfalls, a pond, and a nice view of the trails/forest. I’ll definitely be returning for foliage photography.
Written May 17, 2020
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D0205
Hamden, CT118 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Great visit. Easy enough ride to the summit. The castle is unique, with an entrance point inside and stairs to the top. The Castle and Park have panoramic 360 degree views. You can see the buildings of Hartford and New Haven as well as a sharp view into New York State. Overall the Castle Craig area is safe, but like with any mountain top park use a little caution.
Written March 11, 2022
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Dawn F
Patchogue, United States43 contributions
Oct 2020
If you decide to hike up from the trailhead at Hubbard Park, be aware that they have changed the color blaze from blue to orange. If I hadn't stopped other hikers and asked for directions, I would have never found the tower. You begin your hike by following the white blaze trail and cross over a pedestrian bridge and then cross a smaller foot bridge. As you continue, you should be looking on your left for an orange blaze on a big rock that begins the steep climb that will lead you to the tower. The view is amazing from the top and there is a spiral metal staircase inside the tower that you can climb up also. To the right of the flagpole I began to see a blue blaze trail and I thought that was the way back but it is a good thing I decided not to take it. Rather than get lost I opted to walk back via the paved road but be aware this is a 3 mile walk to Hubbard Park but the scenery is nice and at one point you can see the tower from a far distance. I feel the park needs to have signs put up indicating where each trail leads to and the mileage. Other than that, this is a great trip to take with beautiful vistas.
Written October 20, 2020
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Alison C
Great Falls, VA3 contributions
May 2021
This is a lovely place to stop for a couple of hours. There is a nice park at the bottom and the road to the castle is fairly easy. However, do not drive a motorhome up to the castle. Even though there is parking at the top, the road gets fairly narrow and there are a lot of overhanging trees.
Written May 17, 2021
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BusterBusBus
Orlando, FL1,120 contributions
Oct 2019
This place has some of the best views in CT. You drive up to the "castle", its a tower. The tower you walk up these metal stairs a few flights, then it opens up to some amazing views. The tower sits along a steep cliff. This is also in Hubbard Park which is a beautiful park. Great place to visit anytime of year. If you are visiting the area and its in the cooler months bring a coat.
Written November 20, 2019
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dachocochick
Greensboro, North Carolina36 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We went this morning with my kids and my niece and nephew (Ages 2, 4, 4, and 6) with the intent of playing on the playground for a little bit and then driving up to the castle. My son loves castles and was really looking forward to seeing the castle. Playground was great - lots for the kids to do. However, when it was time to go visit the actual castle, the road was closed and we could not go. When we first arrived, I called the Parks and Rec department of the town to ask where the road was to go up and what time it opened. The road was right by the playground, but it was not open at 10 like she said. We played until 10:40 and the road was still not open. A disappointment for sure.
Written July 1, 2019
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gandrew99
Meriden, CT30 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Castle Craig can be reached by road inside Hubbard park. The winding scenic route takes you past a reservoir and then gently climbs to Chaucer Peak. Once at the summit you can enter the midevile tower and climb the winding stairway to the top.
The views from the top of Castle Craig are breathtaking and on a clear day you can see Long Island Sound and even Long Island NY!
Written March 3, 2018
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Ryan D
Wallingford, CT56 contributions
Nov 2017
I've been walking, hiking, and running here numerous times. It's especially nice in the spring and fall, summer can be a bit too warm for my liking. The road up to the Castle is 3 miles one way, it gets pretty steep halfway through.

The annual Castle Craig run in January is a blast! I highly recommend it if walking/running in the cold is your thing (yes, I'm one of those crazies who wants to get fresh air and sunshine even if I risk losing some extremities).
Written November 30, 2017
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beArNo7
Boston, MA54 contributions
Oct 2019
We took the Metacomet Trail which starts from route 71 all the way to the castle. The trail run cross a couple reservoirs, and is quit challenging at some part. But the view and the exercise we got totally worth it.
Written October 27, 2019
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goexplore2015
Niantic, CT11 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Second try. I was here in July on a Monday at noon -the gate was closed & I waited an hour and a half to see if it would open so I could drive up . Nope. No sign, no explanation. I drove over an hour to get here; I have a heart issue so I can’t walk over 3.5 miles up the road to the castle.
Today I thought I’d try again. I’m a photographer & really wanted to see the view. Gorgeous weather , thought there’s no way they’d do it again. Sunday, noon, gate locked. So disgusted with the state or whoever is in charge of this park. You could put up a sign saying is it just today or what!!
Don’t bother unless you’re young & healthy.
I won’t be back because there’s no way to find out if the actual road is open. The castle is open but that doesn’t help me. I can’t get to it.
Written August 11, 2019
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