Connecticut Nature August 24, 2016
10 Magnificent Trails You Have To Hike In Connecticut Before You Die
Looking for some trails in Connecticut that are truly unique? Then you will love these spots! These trails turn the state into a natural oasis, letting you explore deep into the woods as you cross brooks and catch sight of some jaw-dropping views. Whether you’re a novice explorer or an expert hiker, these are some really great trails!
1. Mianus River Park (Greenwich)
Just east of Mianus Pond, this preserve is full of picturesque views, and has remained mostly untouched over the years. There's no better escape from the day to day stress than this 400-acre collection of pristine hiking grounds. So pick any trail you want!
2. Kent Falls State Park (Kent)
The red trail here runs about 4 miles round trip, but the yellow trail cuts the walk in half. You will love walking by the rushing brook and getting to pay a visit to one of the state's most beautiful waterfalls.
3. Bluff Point State Park (Groton)
Explore this woodland peninsula on a quick 4-mile loop trail. The bluff opens onto the Long Island Sound, giving you stunning ocean views away from any crowds.
4. Penwood State Park (Bloomfield)
Take the Nature Trail and walk alongside Lake Louise on your way to a scenic pinnacle overlook. Or opt for one of the loop trails, each of which starts at the picnic area.
5. New Canaan Nature Center (New Canaan)
You won't believe how much there is to do here! In addition to the scenic trails are a solar-heated greenhouse and farm animals. You will love strolling through the gardens!
6. Moosup Valley State Park Trail (Moosup)
This 6-mile trail follows a rail bed and even passes this lovely dam in Plainfield. It's mostly rural, and you'll enjoy getting to travel the various terrains.
7. Bigelow Hollow State Park (Union)
This 6-mile trail is hidden within the 9,000-acre park and takes you from Bigelow Hollow to the Breakneck area. There are awesome water views here, and well maintained paths.
8. Earthplace (Westport)
This place is more than just a natural history museum! It's also home to the Newman-Woodward Trail, a twenty minute walk that winds through the woods. The lush leaf canopy will keep you in the shade and make you feel relaxed.
9. Mount Tom State Park (Litchfield)
Folks love coming here for a trip to the Mount Tom Observation Tower. The stone wonder is just a short hike, but with a steep incline. If you've already been to the tower, consider following one of the other trails!
10. Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail (South Meriden)
Just over a mile long, this easy trail follows the bed of the old Connecticut River Railroad. Catch views of the Quinnipiac River and cross a bridge on this trail, perfect for a Saturday morning.
These look like so much fun! If you want more sweet trails in Connecticut, check out these
Hikes Under 5 Miles for some quick trips into the woods and beyond.