CT Forest & Parks Association Trails
Note: This page is undergoing reconstruction. Everything is below; it’s just a mess!
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I haven’t updated the intro to this page for a decade. It’s time to do that.
For years, this page began: “There are well over 800 miles of blue-blazed hiking trails in many different towns in little ol’ Connecticut. A 52 mile section of the Appalachian Trail also cuts across the Northwest corner of the state. I love hiking, lists, and writing… Soooo, why not try to hike them all? And take a bunch of pictures and document it all here for you – since it sounds fun and there really is not a comparable resource on the Internet that I’m aware of.”
Much of that is still true. I’d guess the CFPA trail network is closer to 1,000 miles now though, especially with the completion of the East-West Trail looming. And the AT is closer to 57 miles now. The CFPA will be releasing a new Walk Book in 2017 and have, of course, put everything online as well.
For decades, there existed something called the Connecticut 400 Club which recognized those who have hiked all the CFPA trails of Connecticut. Since the “Club’s” inception, over 400 more miles have been added to the task, but no one bothered to update the name.
This is an interesting read; a old NYT article about the CT 400 when it was only the CT 400(500) not the CT 400(900 or whaterver it is) today.
Then in 2015, the CFPA changed things up and retired the Club. Now you can earn rewards by hiking various lengths of CFPA trails: 200, 400, and 800 miles. I’m okay with the change.
Another recent change was the designation of The New England Trail as a National Scenic Trail. This includes the Menunkatuck, Mattabessett, and Metacomet Trails in Connecticut. (It continues north through Massachusetts to New Hampshire for a total of 215 miles.)
The Connecticut Forest and Parks Association not only maintains our trails wonderfully, the also fight the good fights with regards to our precious environmental resources in our small state.
The CFPA trails overlap with everything else you can imagine: Land Trusts, state parks, town trails, etc. This list is the official one from the CFPA’s site and Walk Books.
Trails listed in alphabetical order.
Some links below will take you to Intro pages (long distance trails for the most part) and some to multiple pages with different reports for same place, etc. Just go with it and enjoy.
Alain & May White Nature Trails, Torrington
American Legion & Peoples State Forest Trails, Barkhamsted
Appalachian Trail, Sherman, Kent, Sharon, Canaan, Salisbury
Aspetuck Trail, Newtown, Redding, Easton
Bigelow Hollow State Park Trails, Union
Case Mountain Trails, Manchester
Chatfield Trail, Killingworth
Cockaponset Trail(s) Haddam, Chester
Falls Brook Trail Hartland
Field Forest Trails
Finch Brook Trail
Gay City State Park Trails (2009)
Goodwin State Forest Trails (2016 –
Hancock Brook Trail (2009)
Hatchery Brook Loop Trails
Highlawn Forest Trails
Housatonic Range Trail
John Muir Trail
Kettletown State Park Trails
Macedonia Brook State Park Trails
McLean Game Refuge Trails
New England Trail
Nipmuck Trail (2010 – )
Old Furnace Trail
Paugussett Trail Pequot Trail
Pine Knob Loop Trail
Risley Pond Loop Trail
Salmon River Trail
Scovill Loop Trail
Sleeping Giant State Park Trails
Stony Creek Trails
Sunny Valley Preserve Trails
Whitestone Cliffs Trail
Waterbury Area Trails
Cockaponset Trail and Cockaponset Forest Side Trails, 3/15/2009
Falls Brook Trail, 1/19/2008
Gay City Trail Network, 6/15/2009 & 6/24/2009
Hancock Brook Trail, 3/31/2009
Jericho Trail, 5/18/2009
Kettletown State Park Trails, 4/14/2009
Lillinonah Trail, 12/9/2007
Lone Pine Trail, 8/1/2008
The Mattabesett Trail, 5/23/2008 – 11/9/2008 (NET)
McLean Game Refuge Trails, 10/12 – 13/2008
Muir Trail, 9/13/2008
Nayantaquit Trail, 7/8/2007
Paugussett Trail, 10/27/2008
Ragged Mountain Trail, 2009-2010
Regicides Trail, 1/6/2008
Salmon River Trail, 8/19/2007
Saugatuck Trail, 12/9/2007
Shenipsit Trail, and Shenipsit Area Trails, 11/24/07 – 5/16/2010
Sleeping Giant State Park Trail Network, 12/23/2010 – 10/21/2012
Sunny Valley Preserve Trails, 7/13 – 11/22/2009
The Tunxis Mainline Trail, and Tunxis Area Trails, 2/17/2008 – 10/21/2013
Whitestone Cliffs Trail, 3/31/2009
Wolcott Trail, 9/13/2008
Zoar Trail, 4/14/2009
Accurately edited blaze on the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted
Rainy day on the Quinebaug in Plainfield
The 10 highest peaks in Connecticut – and my climbs of them.