Featured HIKING TRAILS
Near Cornwall and Kent, the 24-mile Mohawk Trail follows an old section of the AT and hooks up with the present-day AT to create a 37-mile loop that can be hiked in four days. Starting at Cornwall Bridge, the trail crosses the Housatonic River and climbs the valleys eastern ramparts of Colts Foot, Mohawk, and Barrack Mountains.
Southeast of Hartford near Mansfield in Voluntown, the 23,000 acre Pachaug State Forest is the states largest and has plenty of hikes. The Pachaug State Forest has two main areas; the Chapman Area and the Green Falls Area. The Chapman Area has the more popular hiking trails.
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.
Near Goshen and Litchfield, the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 117 mile foot path from Connecticut to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire. The trail follows a corridor of elevated wildland from the basalt ridges of northern Connecticut clear through central Massachusetts to a dramatic finale on the craggy summit of 3,113-foot Mt. Monadnock. It is highlighted by quiet rivers and hidden hemlock ravines.
Near Somers and Stafford in the Shenipsit State Forest, the 15 mile Soapstone Mountain route (1,000 feet vertical) is an out-and-back to the Soapstone summit is shady, rolling and, best of all, dry. Overall, there are about 26 miles of trails in the 6,126 acre Shenipsit State Forest.
Located near the Stamford-Greenwich-Westover border, the 180 acre Mianus River Park has a 10 mile network of trails shared with mountain bikers along the Mianus River. These trails are rocky and wooded.
Near Redding and Bethel, the 700 acre Huntington Park has rocky trails which are popular with hikers. These remote wooded trails pass scenic ponds.
Near Goshen and Litchfield in northwestern Connecticut, the White Memorial Conservation Center is a 4,000 acre preserve with over 35 miles of well-marked and maintained multi-use trails. The hiking trails are not too rocky and have many great views.
Near Washington and New Milford, the 650 acre Hidden Valley Reservation contains a network of 15 miles of roads and trails climbing out of the Shepaug River valley. There are three blazed trails in the Hidden Valley including Bee Brook Loop (2.2 miles), Van Sinderen Lopp (3.5 miles) and Pinnacle Trail (0.9 miles).
Northwest of Salisbury, the 17 mile section of the Appalachian Trail rolls across the Riga Plateau through deciduous forest and over Mt. Everett (2,600 feet). The hiking route starts off Jug End Road near Egremont and ends north of Salisbury at SR41.