If you’re in Northwestern Connecticut for some time, you should check out the Lone Oaks Campground. It has over 400 campsites in over 250 acres of land, with different options for trailer hookups.
It also offers facilities that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while still being able to benefit from life’s conveniences. While Lone Oaks Campground already has a lot to offer in itself, there’s still other nearby attractions and activities worth the visit.
1. River Tubing in Farmington
Farmington River Tubing is about 35 minutes from Lone Oaks. It’s where you and your family or friends can ride tubes specifically designed for trips along the river. The ride is about 2.5 miles and passes through three sets of rapids. It’s quite a unique way to see the scenic and wild Farmington River.
Most of the course will not have an attendant. There will be one an assistant at the second rapid, in case you get stuck or trap. However, they can’t retrieve tubes or assist you if you’ve fallen off your tubes. That’s why it’s critical that you follow their safety regulations.
Before you go river tubing, make sure you call their information center first. The operation hours or days are not always the same. It could change due to weather conditions, river conditions, and other situations that risk danger.
You should also ask about requirements and restrictions to avoid any inconveniences. For more information on your attire, safety regulations, and other must-knows visit their website.
2. Catamount Adventure Park
Catamount Aerial Adventure Park is another place everyone can enjoy. It’s a park that’s mostly up in the trees, with many courses and challenges in different difficulty levels. There are more than 170 platforms up in the trees, which you can cross by various courses like cable, wood, zip lines, and more.
Kids, teens and adults alike enjoy these courses. There isn’t a single correct way of crossing these bridges, and you don’t have to be completely athletic to get through them. It’s up to you to figure out an efficient method of getting from one platform to another.
Of course, you have to be mindful of the safety guidelines and rules. You must, at all times, keep your harness on and attached to the safety lines.
The park is also about 35 minutes away from Lone Oaks Campground. It’s in Egremont Massachusetts, which is less than 20 miles northwest of Lone Oaks.
Operating schedule varies per year, but it’s open in most summer, fall, and spring seasons. It may also change due to weather conditions. You can make reservations, but it is not necessary.
3. Clarke Outdoors
Clarke Outdoors focuses on paddling activities along the Housatonic River. The river is a mix of moving flat water and low whitewater, which is ideal for beginner paddlers. Paddling the course can take about 3-5 hours, depending on whether you’re on a canoe or a raft. You can also choose to go for either 6 or 10 miles.
When choosing your floating transportation, keep in mind that a raft is larger and more stable than a canoe. This is ideal for groups with children and not-so-confident swimmers. This activity is an excellent way to bond with friends and family and enjoy nature together.
Clarke Outdoors is only about 25 minutes from Lone Oaks Campground. Aside from canoeing or rafting, it’s also a place where you can have kayaking lessons.
4. Harlem Valley Trail
The Harlem Rail Trail is perfect for individuals or groups who love to bike or hike. It currently has over 15 miles of open paved trails. The trail runs through rich and green sceneries, which bikers and hikers enjoy. It’s a great place to get some fresh air.
There are no special requirements or fees to use the trail. Just be sure to carry out what you carry in, and to follow all the other rail trail rules. The trail also has some open but unpaved trails which you may still be able to bike on. Some trails are closed and under development or funding. If you want, you can help with the development or maintenance by donating or volunteering.
Harlem Valley Trail is in Millerton, New York. That’s only about 30 minutes from Lone Oaks Campgrounds.
5. Mount Riga State Park
If you love to hike and want to see wildflowers, birds, and other natural beauty, then you should try the hiking trails in Mount Riga State Park. There’s Bear Mountain Trail and the Lion’s Head Trail, which is about 15-20 minutes from Lone Oaks.
The Bear Mountain trail is a loop trail that is about 6 miles. Depending on your pace, you can finish the trail in about 3.5 to 5 hours. It features a forest of white oaks, ash, hickory, red oaks, and more. You can easily hike any time and any season, but I would say autumn is the best time. It’s not so child-friendly, but it is pooch-friendly!
On the other hand, is a much shorter trail which is Lion’s Head Trail. It’s only about 4.2 miles out and back. Regarding distance, it is a short hike. However, it’s not an easy walk. Some parts are steep and might be difficult, so it can take some time and effort to reach the top. But the view from the top is worth it.
You won’t need a permit to climb these trails. However, you have to be extra careful and inform someone if you plan on going. There may be black bears and mountain lions in the area. Bear Mountain Trail via Mount Riga State Park is in Salisbury, Connecticut, which is about 30 minutes from Lone Oak.
6. Haystack Mountain State Park
Another one for the nature lovers is Haystack Mountain, State Park. It’s fairly an easy hike, with a few steep sections. At the summit are an old stone tower and a rewarding view that goes for miles. The trail features incredible foliage during the fall season. You can also find many mountain-laurel around June. This trail allows you to reflect and just marvel at the beauty of nature.
You won’t need to pay any parking fee or entrance fee at Haystack Mountain. However, parking available is limited.
7. Twin Lakes
The Twin Lakes in Salisbury, Connecticut is a great place to relax and unwind. You can rent different kinds of boats from O’Hara’s Landing and sail out to get some peace and quiet. The lake is only about 15 minutes from Lone Oak.
Around the area, you can find party boats, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and other boat rentals. There are also restaurants and other services nearby.
Lone Oaks Campground is a great place for families, friends, work teams, and other groups to have some fun. The campground itself offers various facilities (basketball courts, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.) and is open for many events. But another great perk that it offers is that it’s nearby a lot of wonderful attractions like river tubing, aerial parks, boating, and more.