Connecticut’s blue-blazed trails, maintained by volunteers and administered by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA), encompass some 825 miles of walkways running through 88 towns. The trails are elegantly described in the CFPA’s Connecticut Walk Book, a wonderful guide if you plan to get out into the woods. But there are other trail systems in the state as well, in state parks, town parks and various natural preserves.
One of my favorite is the 4.8-mile Housatonic River Walk in South Kent. It is a unique section of the Appalachian Trail in that it is one of few long flat parts of the entire trail. This easy, relaxing walk on an old farming road provides ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and varied wildlife along the river. It also will allow you to brag that, yes, you have hiked along the epic Appalacian trail, even if it is just a little bit of the 2,160 mile trail from Georgia to Maine.
Use this interactive map to enhance your hike planning and have fun exploring this beautiful State!