Connecticut Hiking Clubs

Connecticut Hiking Clubs
Connecticut has miles and miles of hiking trails for both long-distance and short hikes. Most hiking clubs assume responsibility for maintaining portions of some trail in their area or the state. Many of these clubs participate in outdoor activities together besides hiking such as biking, canoeing, skiing and snowshoeing.

The Connecticut Section of the Green Mountain Club

The Connecticut Section of the Green Mountain Club (CSGMC) is one of 14 sections affiliated with Green Mountain. This club involves mostly day hikes over a three-to-six-mile radius. Some hikes are through parks and some over mountains. The Connecticut Section members also involve themselves in other outdoor activities such as biking, backpack trips, skiing, canoeing and snowshoeing weekends. Members maintain 12 miles of the Long Trail, which extends 265 miles through the Green Mountain National Forest, and they are accepting new members.

The Connecticut Section of the Green Mountain Club Inc.
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road
Waterbury Center, VT 05677-8050
(860) 621-2860
conngmc.com

The New Haven Hiking Club

The New Haven Hiking Club has more than 250 members who meet on a regular basis to enjoy outdoor activities. This club takes short, medium and long hikes, usually on the weekends. Assisting in maintaining the trails hiked is a mission of this club. New Haven also assist the efforts of the Connecticut Parks and Forest Association by contributing to the improvements they make on the trails. Not just hikers, these members also enjoy cross-country skiing, canoeing, kayaking and the occasional potluck.

The New Haven Hiking Club
61 Eramo Terrace
Hamden, CT 06518
nhhc.info/about.htm

The Barefoot Hikers

The Barefoot Hikers believe in hiking the original way, without shoes. Based out of Thomaston, these hikers explore suitable hiking trails on Saturday and Sunday mornings. All hikers are welcome to join, including children and dogs, and there are no membership fees. Barefoot Hikers take day trips that are long or short, and hikers are encouraged to bring water and food. This group stresses that barefoot hiking is legal and safe, with the only requirement for hiking is no shoes.

The Barefoot Hikers
50 Leigh Ave.
Thomaston, CT 06787
(203) 364-2235
bhthom.org

The Meshomasic Hiking Club

The Meshomasic Hiking Club is a volunteer organization with a mission of protecting and preserving the trails and environment its members use. They strive to enjoy the state's forest with hiking adventures and educational pursuits. A newsletter keeps members aware of upcoming hikes and volunteer opportunities as well as provide interesting facts to avid hikers. If interested in joining this club, members suggest joining them for a hike first and then decide.

The Meshomasic Hiking Club
P.O. Box 197
Cobalt, CT 06414
www.meshomasichikingclub.org

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