Connecticut June 30, 2018
8 Low-Key Hikes In Connecticut With Amazing Payoffs
Undoubtedly, Connecticut is chock full of amazing hikes. But some of them can be long and difficult, especially if you aren’t an avid hiker. Who says you have to conquer mountains to enjoy big rewards? If you aren’t in the mood to tackle an 8-mile trek up the side of a mountain, here are some simple hikes that still have incredible payoffs.
1. Gillette Castle Railroad Trail, East Haddam
Gillette Castle is wondrously beautiful with its stone architecture and medieval feel. But venture a bit away from the main attraction and you'll find a quaint trail that winds through the property on the former bed of Gillette's miniature railroad. The scenic path crosses a footbridge and leads to an abandoned train tunnel that you can explore. Gillette Castle State Park is located at 67 River Road in East Haddam, CT 06423.
2. Wheels In The Woods Trail, Stamford
This universally accessible boardwalk trail can be found at the Stamford Nature Center. The trail runs along a brook through the forest and is quite relaxing. Perfect for any abilities, you'll love this enchanting boardwalk stroll. Visit the animal farm, otter pond, and nature center while you're here. Enjoy the Stamford Museum and Nature Center at 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903.
2. Giant Steps Trail, New Haven
Found at East Rock Park, this set of giant steps is a hike worth taking. Carved into the side of the ledge, it will take you about 20 minutes to climb to the top. Rewarding views of the city and Long Island Sound await you at the top after climbing this natural staircase. Find the 427-acre park at 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven, CT 06511.
4. Ice House Ruins Trail, Litchfield
White Memorial Conservation Center is renowned for its stunning boardwalk trail. Choose a slightly different path for a walk through some significant ruins. The Ice House Ruins Trail is part of the yellow blazed lake trail and takes you on a 1-mile journey through the past. View the remains of a once bustling commercial ice house operation on this scenic path. Find White Memorial Conservation Center at 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.
5. Red Trail, Kent Falls State Park
This simple hike is under one mile and leads to a jaw-dropping scene. One of the state's most stunning waterfalls waits at the end of this easy trail. Bring a picnic and spend some time at this gorgeous natural wonder. Kent Falls State Park is located at 462 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT 06757.
6. Michael Donnelly Preserve Trail, South Windsor
Glide across the marsh on this beautiful boardwalk trail. The 2.5-mile wetland walk will afford you many chances to enjoy the surrounding habitat. Enjoy the scenic journey at 1165 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor, CT 06074.
7. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
Soak in the natural surroundings on a few different trails at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Meander through the woods for a bit of reflection as you take in the scenic paths. Afterward visit the outdoor gardens, beaver wetland exhibit, and nature center. Visit Roaring Brook Nature Center at 70 Gracey Rd., Canton, CT 16019.
8. Boardwalk Trail, Milford
This short and simple hike at the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point takes you across the marsh and lands you on a stunning beach. Enjoy the sounds of coastal birds and tidal waters as you journey through this shoreline oasis. Visit the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point at 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford, CT 06460.
Which of these simple hikes are you ready to try? Do you have another low-key trail that you think should be added to this list? Share your ideas in the comments section.
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