Castle Craig

Castle Craig, Meriden: Address, Castle Craig Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Craig
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D0205
Hamden, CT110 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 11 March 2022
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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 17 May 2021
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Dawn F
Patchogue, United States42 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 20 October 2020
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Andres C
Newington, CT343 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 17 May 2020
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Dirk6460
Southington, CT163 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Been coming here for years. The drive up the mountain is always cool and plenty of parking up top. Great views and multiple trails. Be careful near the edges!
Written 13 January 2020
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Corduroy Kid
New Haven, CT171 contributions
Oct 2019
The view at the top is quite impressive. Long road access makes it easy and parking at the top is adequate except at peak times. Hikers use the same roads so a bit dangerous to walk up but it can be done.
Written 5 January 2020
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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 20 November 2019
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Ryan A
Boynton Beach, FL53 contributions
Nov 2019
We parked by the lake in Meriden park and hiked through the woods, across the freeway, and up the mountain to Castle Craig. You can drive directly to the "castle" if you wish. The hike was nice with young kids and the view from the top of the castle/turret was pretty awesome.
Written 11 November 2019
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javery2015
Willimantic, CT19 contributions
Oct 2019
Beautiful spot for a paved walk. The view is incredible! Ensure you bring water. They ought to retouch the map, it is sun bleached and unreadable. Don’t let that discourage you, it is very easy to follow.
Written 31 October 2019
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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 27 October 2019
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