Connecticut April 16, 2019
9 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Connecticut Will Love
The snow has melted in Connecticut and the weather is sunny and bright! It’s time to come out of your winter hibernation to take a hike. These nine simple Spring hikes will give you a chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery without working up too much of a sweat. From easy waterfront paths to meandering woodland trails, there’s something for everyone on this list.
1. Nepaug Dam Trail, Collinsville
The Nepaug Dam Trail is a one-mile round trip journey across the top of the dam. Enjoy the water views as you stroll this flat paved path that is perfect for all ages and abilities.
2. Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Many visit Hammonasset Beach for a dip in the sound or a walk on the beach but this shoreline gem also has lovely trails. The crushed stone surface makes for an easy breezy Spring walk behind the dunes.
3. Southford Falls State Park, Southbury
The Red Loop Trail at Southford Falls State Park has abundant Spring scenery to enjoy. At just 1.7 miles in length, you'll get a fantastic excursion for little effort. Cross a covered bridge, wander through the woods, and pass babbling brooks. Climb the observation tower and visit the falls all in one simple hike.
4. Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail, Windsor Locks
Follow the historic towpath alongside this 170-year-old waterway. The canal trail runs for 4.5 miles offer scenic views of the Connecticut River and old canal. The paved path makes for easy walking and biking.
5. Michael Donnelly Preserve Trail, South Windsor
Enjoy the lush greenery emerging on this 2.5-mile wetland walk at the Michael Donnelly Preserve. The charming boardwalk makes for easy strolling through the marsh.
6. Campbell Falls State Park, Norfolk
This 3/4-mile hike through the quiet forest of Campbell Falls State Park takes you north to a stunning 50-foot waterfall. The falls are across the Massachusetts border but both states protect the falls and park in a joint agreement. With the spring thaw and rainy weather we've been having, the falls should be at their best this Spring.
7. Bluff Point State Park, Groton
Combine a journey through the forest with a stroll along the seaside at Bluff Point State Park. This diverse area encompasses all sorts of scenery along with fresh shoreline breezes. The Coastal Reserve Trail is a 3.6-mile loop that's fantastic year-round.
8. Trolley Trail, Branford
This short and sweet trail is just over one mile long. Cross through the marsh with endless opportunities to catch sight of wildlife and continue on to soak in magnificent shoreline views.
9. Bailey's Ravine at Ayer Gap, North Franklin
This 2.7-mile scenic trail will take you through beautiful woodland. Enjoy the peaceful trip through the forest and you'll land at gurgling waterfall. You'll definitely want to bring your camera to capture this significant natural wonder.
What other simple Spring hikes do you enjoy taking? If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll love embarking on this
treetop trail where you can walk through the tree canopy.