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Hiking Highlights to Explore

Did you know Connecticut is #1 in the U.S. for hiking? Connecticut has 824 miles of blue-blazed trails, spanning terrain across every region of the state and suitable for every level of hiker. Simply no better way to take in the fresh air — and leave behind the stresses and strains of daily life.

Major Routes

Connecticut’s two main hiking highways are the Appalachian Trail and the New England Trail. The Appalachian is the granddaddy of all trails, running from Maine all the way down to Georgia. Connecticut’s piece is a 52-mile route cutting across our northwest corner; it’s worth seeking out not only so you can say you’ve been on it, but also for the chance you’ll bump into hikers doing the trail’s entire length. The New England Trail runs from the Connecticut coast in Guilford north for 215 miles through 39 towns into northern Massachusetts. Along the way, it mostly uses trails already in existence as part of the state’s blue-blazed system.

Easy Hike Planning

The Northwest Hills Council of Governments have a fully interactive Regional Hiking Trails Map that make it easier than ever to find the challenging climbs, family-friendly hikes and beautiful vistas of the Litchfield Hills.

Blue-Blazed Trails

Connecticut’s blue-blazed trails, maintained by volunteers and administered by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA), encompass 825 miles of walkways running through 88 towns. The trails are elegantly described in the CFPA’s Connecticut Walk Book (there are East and West editions), a nearly essential 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.

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