Connecticut Forest & Parks Association Trails
There are well over 800 miles of blue-blazed hiking trails in many different towns in little ol’ Connecticut. Included is a 56-mile section of the Appalachian Trail also cuts across the Northwest corner of the state. I love hiking, lists, and writing… Soooo, why not hike them all? And take a bunch of pictures and document it all here while I’m at it.
The CFPA is a fantastic organization that has been around since 1895. 1895! A non-profit, assisted by legions of volunteers, CFPA is an advocate, a fighter, a doer, and an endurer. When I began CTMQ as Connecticut Museum Quest, it was to be “just museums…” but almost immediately expanded to include the CFPA trails because, well, I had to.
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 were added to the task, but no one bothered to update the name.This is an interesting read; an old NYT article about the CT 400.
Since “400” made no sense, the CFPA changed things up in 2015 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 21st century 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.) Soon after that happened, we got a new edition of the Connecticut Walk Book (my favorite book) and online maps.
The CFPA trails overlap with everything else you can imagine: Land Trusts, state parks, town trails, etc. The list below is the official one from the CFPA’s site and Walk Books – which is always changing. I try to stay on top of this stuff, but please let me know if a correction is necessary.
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, 4 mi., Torrington (2008)
American Legion & Peoples State Forest Trails Intro, 14 mi., Barkhamsted
- American Legion State Forest Henry Buck Trail (2016)
All American Legion State Forest Trails (2007)
Peoples State Forest Trails (2007)
Appalachian Trail Intro, 56.6 mi., Sherman, Kent, Sharon, Canaan, Salisbury
- Section 1: Hoyt Rd, Sherman – Route 341, Kent (2011)
Aspetuck Trail, Newtown, Redding, Easton
Bigelow Hollow State Park Trails Intro, 20 mi., Union
- Mashapaug Pond (2017)
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.