7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Connecticut To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead

Celebrate the coldest months of the year with some stunning sights and tranquil hikes. Just because the temperatures have dipped doesn’t mean you have to spend all season indoors!  Bundle up in your coziest coat and explore some of the best winter hikes in Connecticut. These peaceful adventures will help you reflect on the beauty of our amazing state:

Have you experienced any of these winter hikes? What trails are you excited to explore this year?

If you’re looking for more fun, check out this exciting Connecticut wintertime road trip.

Address: Sessions Woods Wildlife Management, 341 Milford St, Burlington, CT 06013, USA
Address: Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, 733 Old Clinton Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498, USA
Address: Tunxis State Forest, Hartland, CT 06091, USA
Address: 80 Whitehall Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA
Address: Mount Carmel, Mt Carmel, Hamden, CT 06518, USA
Address: Black Rock State Park, 2065 Thomaston Rd, Watertown, CT 06795, USA
Address: Devil's Hopyard State Park, 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA
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Best Winter Hikes in Connecticut

January 19, 2022

Where can I go cold weather hiking in Connecticut?  

Who says winter means you can’t go hiking anymore? Not us. In fact, some of us really, really enjoy cold weather hiking, and Connecticut is an excellent place for doing so. Some of the best places for indulging in this activity are places like the Steep Rock Preserve, which has the Northern Loop Trail (which is short, sweet, and beautiful). East Rock Park is another great one, and honestly, any of our state and National parks will have excellent trails open year-round, which translates into “all the cold weather hiking in Connecticut you could ever hope for”. Speaking of which:  

What are some of the best hiking trails in Connecticut open year-round?  

There are many! Turns out, hiking even during the chilly months can be pretty nice. Some of our favorite places for hiking in Connecticut year-round include Edgewood Park, which is in New Haven and has plenty of other things to do other than simply hiking. You’ll also find that in each of our 139 state parks (you read that right: 139) there are plenty of trails open all year, snow or shine, rain or dry, and each is beautiful and unique. After all, these areas are state parks for a reason, and hiking them is particularly interesting no matter which park you choose. Other hikes that are great for things like the above-mentioned cold weather hiking or fall color spotting or anything in between include Bluff Point, in Groton, and the White Memorial Conservation Center, in Litchfield. We’re also big fans of Mattatuck Trail, in Wolcott, and the Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam. The possibilities are endless beyond just the ones listed; any time is a good time to enjoy the outdoors in Connecticut. For some more ideas in terms of the best cold weather hiking around here, check this list out.  

Address: Sessions Woods Wildlife Management, 341 Milford St, Burlington, CT 06013, USA
Address: Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, 733 Old Clinton Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498, USA
Address: Tunxis State Forest, Hartland, CT 06091, USA
Address: 80 Whitehall Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA
Address: Mount Carmel, Mt Carmel, Hamden, CT 06518, USA
Address: Black Rock State Park, 2065 Thomaston Rd, Watertown, CT 06795, USA
Address: Devil's Hopyard State Park, 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA