Connecticut June 14, 2018
10 Out-of-This-World Hikes In Connecticut That Lead To Fairytale Footbridges
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and now that warm weather is here to stay, we are likely to be spending some more time exploring Connecticut’s amazing trails. Dirt paths through the forests are fine, but a woodland walks become much more magical when there’s a little something extra. We’ve put together this list hikes that not only have great scenery but they also have their very own footbridges. From tiny to big, these bridges are not only fun to traverse but offer an enchanting break to your journey.
1. Lover's Leap State Park, New Milford
This bridge in Lover's Leap State Park is probably one of the most well known in the state. Is it because the bridge is so beautiful or because of the haunting stories that surround it. You can read more about these local legends
2. Air Line State Park Trail, Colchester
The Air Line State Park trail crosses the Black Ledge River in Colchester. This wooden decked bridge was once a railroad bridge, but now only open to foot traffic. Enjoy scenic views of the river from your perch up above on this footbridge.
3. Hidden Valley Preserve, Washington Depot
Cross a 120-foot-long engineered suspension bridge at this beautiful sanctuary. It might give you butterflies, but the journey is well worth it. You can find out more about this amazing bridge
4. Southford Falls State Park, Oxford
This picture-perfect tiny bridge at the entrance to Southford Falls State Park is just a hint of what is to come. Explore the trail, waterfall, and an observation tower all in one spot.
4. Monroe Rail Trail, Monroe
You can find this 3-mile trail in William Wolfe Park. Enjoy an easy hike that includes crossing a cute stone bridge nestled in the woods.
6. Silver Sands State Park, Milford
The bridge to the stunning white sand beach at this park is one of the most traveled in Connecticut. Who wouldn't love a wooden walkway across the dunes that lead to the surf?
7. Branford Trolley Trail, Branford
This rail trail runs along an abandoned trolley track. The footbridge crosses the marsh where you can see plenty of local wildlife.
8. Michael Donnelly Preserve Trail, South Windsor
Some may call this a boardwalk that leads you across the wetlands, but it keeps your feet dry, so in a way, this spot has a long bridge. The trail is 2.5 miles and a great spot for a relaxed walk through nature.
9. Bartlett Arboretum Trail, Stamford
Take your dog or kids on this easy 1.3-mile trail. The tiniest of the footbridges crosses a creek under tree-filtered sunlight. You'll love a peaceful stroll at this well-maintained spot.
10. Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
Pick from several trails at Chatfield Hollow State Park, but take the covered bridge trail to cross this little gem in the woods.
How many of these footbridges have you crossed? Do you have any more in the state that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.
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