The Sharon Audubon
This extraordinary spot has lovely trails, kids’ activities, and a nature center with conservation-themed exhibits. Plus, live animal exhibits (including rescued birds of prey) will put you in awe of the wildlife that shares our community.
The Sharon Historical Society
While this is an indoor activity (it does rain up here sometimes!), our local historical society offers an engaging look at the history that formed our beloved town. Rotating exhibitions spotlight the fascinating people, industries, and architecture that still resonate in Sharon today.
The Appalachian Trail
A section of the 2,160-mile public footpath, conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937, traverses the eastern part of Sharon. Numerous side trails allow users to create their own hike. One of our favorite parts of the trail is the five-mile section along the Housatonic River from Kent to Sharon. It is the flattest section of the entire 2,160 mile trail, and follows the beautiful Housatonic River through forests and fields. The trail in CT is managed by the CT chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Just over the border in New York, a paved path that currently extends north from the hamlet of Wassaic to Copake Falls. Eventually, it will total 46 miles and end in the town of Chatham. Parking is available at numerous places along its path, making it easy for sections to be walked or biked.
Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area
Just a short 15 minute drive from the center of Sharon, visitors can swim, boat, and camp at Taconic State Park in Millerton, NY. Swimming and boat rentals are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free during the week; $7/car on weekends Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Kent Falls State Park
Falls Brook cascades 250 feet down limestone outcrops before it meets the Housatonic River, just 200 feet downstream. This park is a wonderful place for a picnic as you awe at the state’s largest waterfall. A ¼ mile trail winds its way around the falls, offering unique vantage points of the falls.
Housatonic Meadows State Park
Established nearly 100 years ago, Housatonic Meadows State Park is located along the shores of the Housatonic River amid the hills of the northwestern uplands. It’s an ideal setting for hiking, boating, and fly fishing— and offers overnight camping, with 61 campsites. Camp under the tall pines on the riverbank, and let the sound of the rushing water lull you to sleep.