Connecticut April 24, 2016
10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Connecticut Should Take
Hikes can be super fun experiences, but not everyone wants to spend their whole day sweating and trekking uphill. If you love the idea of getting out and exploring nature but don’t necessarily want to sweat through your shirt, then these hikes are for you. With this list, there are no more excuses. Get out there and see the sights!
1. Millington Trail (Devil's Hopyard)
This 2.7-mile loop offers stunning views in addition to getting a moderate workout.
2. Mattabesett Trail (Giufridda Park)
At just under 2 miles, this hike is quick but has a lot of ups and downs. The view you'll get of Hartford is a great reward though!
3. Mine Hill Preserve (Roxbury)
You'll pass granite quarries, massive granite cliffs and a reservoir on this easy 4-mile trail.
4. Farm River State Park (East Haven)
All the trails in this park are short, which means they're perfect for beginners and folks who like to see pretty things without working too hard.
5. Housatonic River Walk (South Kent)
This 4.8-mile section of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for a lazy Sunday stroll because nearly the entire stretch is flat.
6. Green Circle Trail (Washington)
Trace the curves of the beautiful Shepaug river for 3 miles on this beginner's trail.
7. Tunxis Trail (Barkhamsted)
4.4 miles there and back, this trail is all about paying a visit to the Indian Council Caves, which are sunk into a dreamlike area of the woods.
8. Devil's Den (Weston)
This is a unique opportunity because the intersecting trails allow you to dictate how long your hike is. The preserve trail loop comes in at 5.2 miles, but if you switch from one trail to another you could make it as short as a mile.
9. Little Pond Trail (White Memorial Conservation Center)
This super easy 1.2-mile walk lets you follow a boardwalk around a lake. Perfect for bringing little ones!
10. Steep Rock Loop (Steep Rock Preserve)
This state park trail runs 4 miles long and is designed to let you explore the natural beauty of the park.
What do you say? Is one of these hikes in your future?