There’s no better way to connect with nature than to actually get out there and take a hike. Want to spend real quality time with the family? Take them hiking. Connecticut is blessed with dozens of great hiking sites. This list includes links to sites with good trail maps and hiking locations throughout Connecticut, tips for being a safe hiker, and even how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly by leaving no trace. To find those special hiking spots in your town, contact your town/city hall, Parks and Recreation Department, or even your town’s park ranger.
Top Ten Hiking Tips:
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Hiking information, downloadable trail maps, locate the state parks and forests near you<
Appalachian Trail The AT runs from Maine to Georgia, with beautiful sections of trail passing through CT as well as Massachusetts and New York
Appalachian Mountain Club Local branch of an organization of outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists, and hikers
Leave No Trace Explore this site to learn how to walk lightly on the earth, leaving little or no impact
Audubon Many of our local Audubon centers have great hiking and birding opportunities
The Nature Conservancy The CT chapter has preserved over 45,000 acres of natural land, look for places in your area