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 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, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking and the occasional potluck.
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 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 Connecticut Hiking Alliance
The group has over 2,500 members and an active participation for scheduled hikes. Most outings are suited for moderate to advanced hikers of all ages.