AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut  by Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith

AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut Guide Book

by Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut  by Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
Discover 50 of Connecticut's most spectacular trails, from short nature walks to long day hikes that reward with magnificent views. Ideal for families, natures lovers, and hiking enthusiasts, this guide leads explorers through the state's varied and scenic natural areas, from a riverside stroll along the Appalachian Trail to a more strenuous trek to the top of Bear Mountain, the state's highest peak. Each trip description includes a detailed map and a summary of the trip time, distance, and difficulty. You'll also find information about whether the trail is good for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and special "Nature Notes" that describe the abundant flora and fauna you might encounter. From short family walks and day-long adventures to afternoon snowshoe treks, this guide is an essential four-season reference for locals and visitors alike.

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Trails from the "AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

The trail begins at an iron gate on the opposite side of the asphalt roadway from the parking area. Follow the graveled path as it curves left and gently down along a fringe of big bluestem grass adja ...
Pawcatuck River, RI - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
From the parking area, pale-blue-blazed Undermountain Trail immediately passes a kiosk on the right with a posted map; trail maps are sometimes available here. The trail heads west and begins a gentle ...
Salisbury, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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From the pull-off, near a small pond where spring peepers sing in April, head north uphill on the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail (part of the New England National Scenic Trail) into a hardwood forest o ...
Higganum, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Bear Rock is located within a section of the Conkaponset State Forest along the Mattabesett Trail. The rounded edifice of stone from which nature has carved the image of a bear’s head has drawn me for ...
Durham, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
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The walk over the Bluff Head section of Totoket Mountain is along the Mattabesett Trail, blazed in pale blue, and the Mattabesett Loop Trail, marked with pale-blue blazes surrounding a central orange ...
Guilford, CT - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 2.1
From the parking lot, pass the picnic area and a sign on the left that enumerates park regulations. A reserve map stands on the right. This old gravel cart road is lined with mixed oaks, black cherry, ...
Groton, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75
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This loop walk begins at a three-rail barway and proceeds into the woods on a wide lane bounded by sturdy stone walls. Oak, hickory, and sugar maple shade the entryway. Red cedars border the lane. B ...
Deep River, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This trail is located entirely on private property, and walking the Kelly Slide portion of the route under wet or icy conditions is not recommended. From your vehicle, walk down to CT 37, turn left, a ...
New Milford, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This hike will take you along and over a hard granite spine, topping two promontories in the process. Although an out-and-back hike, interesting geologic features and rich fauna and flora combine to m ...
New Milford, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
This walk on the Metacomet Trail (part of the New England National Scenic Trail) is marked with pale-blue blazes. Turns are noted by two stacked blazes, with the topmost offset in the direction of the ...
Meriden, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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From the parking area, follow pale-blue-blazed Mohawk Trail right (south) past a large pine windfall. This area was once the heart of Cathedral Pines (see page 31); today the tree trunks of this forme ...
Cornwall, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
Walk across CT 80 (use caution) to where the blue blazes of Chatfield Trail begin. Cross the footbridge and bear right. Parallel CT 80 for about 0.3 mile, and then turn left to continue on the blue-bl ...
Clinton, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
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From the parking area near the restrooms and caretaker house, walk east through a grassy area in front of Crescent Lake dam. At the far (eastern) end of the dam, a trail blazed with white markers head ...
Meriden, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
From the parking area, turn left onto the gravel farm lane. Cross Hampton Brook on a stone bridge and continue up the gentle slope to a white farmhouse dating to 1806. The lane is bordered by stone wa ...
Hampton, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
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Evidence of colonial era settlement and industry add to the enjoyment of a pleasant walk through rock-strewn woodland showing abundant signs of glacial action. An old wood road leads through forest d ...
Colchester, CT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.6
Follow the gravel road on the right, past the metal gate and a pit toilet beyond, to the west end of Day Pond and the stone dam that was restored in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The orig ...
Colchester, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Immediately after exiting from the rear (lower level) of the nature center, turn left on red-blazed Forest Loop Trail and pass Quarry Pond on the right. Submerged logs are sometimes crowded with baski ...
Mystic, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
Take a trail map, available at the kiosk, where you may also sign in, and follow red-blazed Laurel Trail past the wooden gate toward Godfrey Pond. White oaks are abundant, and chestnut oaks, black bir ...
Weston, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
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From the parking area, follow paved Foxtown Road left 300 feet to the campground entrance on the left (you’ll explore the falls at the end of this walk). At the far end of the guardrail on the right, ...
Colchester, CT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
Established in 1966 by Weston resident Katherine Ordway, the Nature Conservancy protects these 1,756 acres of crucial forested habitat for wildlife and a place of solitude for humanity. Enjoy this loo ...
Weston, CT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.3
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