The lush and scenic countryside through the Connecticut River Valley is the perfect setting for a wonderful RV trip. You can begin your excursion in lovely Middletown, CT with plenty of sights to see right in the historic downtown area.
Plan a bit before you start driving. Work out your route. It should take you along Connecticut Highway 66 to 151, 149, 82, 148, 156, along Interstate 95, to Connecticut Highway 9 and back to Middletown, for a tour of the central part of the state that can’t be beat. Best time to go is from May through October.
Once on your way, you will soon come to Hurd State Park. There are many scenic views to enjoy of the Connecticut River in this great park. You can find RV camping at Nelson’s Family Campground in East Hampton. You are in close proximity to many spots for outdoor recreation when staying here. Fishing is great at the park, as well right next door in George Dudley Seymour State Park. You can catch carp, catfish, striped bass and plenty of types of trout. Lots of trails to hike, too!
If you want a relaxing time of it, stop at Machimoodus State Park where you can look out over the Salmon River, have a quiet picnic and enjoy the wildflowers abloom. Birders fall in love with this place, discovering juncos, bluebirds and phoebes flitting from branch to branch overhead. Hike the entire 300 acres along wooded trails. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
At the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse you will find an interesting story of Hale and his position as schoolmaster in this very spot. Thirty-three pupils studied here, happy with Hale’s tutelage. Further along on your drive you may want to stop at Goodspeed Opera House to enjoy some lively musical presentations. This theater offers many performances that will entertain and inspire you.
Venture out into the river and visit an island – Selden Neck State Park, that is. This uninhabited island contains 607 acres of tidal marshes, lush woodlands and amazing hiking trails. The next place to go for plenty of outdoor fun is the Nehantic State Forest Reserve, named for the Nehantic Indians who used to fish these streams.
When you come to Mt. Archer in your travels, be sure to experience the hiking available here. You will find some marvelous views, places to rest and interesting rock formations that will require a camera to capture the beauty to take home with you. Another sight to place on your itinerary is the Pratt House Museum. You can tour this home that was built in 1700, truly getting the feeling of how life was at the time. You are stepping back into the past as you move through the rooms, witnessing the way colonial home-making days unfolded.
As you move up the highway back towards Middletown, you should take the opportunity to get outside in the sun once again and visit Cockaponset State Forest. Here you will discover great swimming so you can cool off after mountain biking through the forests. Throw a line in the water and catch some fish. More fishing is available at Higganum Reservoir State Park as well as boating and hunting. You have just finished an exciting RV trip to the Connecticut River Valley and have memories that will last a lifetime. Come again!