The Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a short 52 miles through the northwestern corner of the state. The route meanders along the worn-down remnants of a much loftier mountain range and presents varied scenery. The elevations range from 260 feet up to 2,316 feet. The main features are the Housatonic River Valley and the Taconic Range. There are several stretches along scenic river banks.
The Appalachian Trail, commonly known by backpackers as the AT, is a popular 2,167 mile thru-hike along a wilderness footpath. The Appalachian Trail is a registered National Scenic Trail that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north. More specifically, the AT runs through the scenic wooded and pastoral lands of fourteen eastern US states, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the south to Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the north. The Appalachian Trail route is more than 99 percent protected by either federal ownership, state ownership or designated rights-of-way from local land owners.