Hiking, Multi-Use, & Water Trails
This page (and its sub-pages) is getting an overhaul in early 2021. Please bear with me!
If there’s one main section of CTMQ that I don’t think I’ll ever complete everything listed, it’s this one. Although it may be my favorite part of the whole website (and the most read), so that keeps pushing me onward – and often upward. Up our verdant Connecticut hills and mountains! Here you’ll find every single trail in the state… and my attempt to hike, bike, and kayak them all. No time to waste; let’s get to it!
For my list of suggestions on how to hike smart and safe, go here.
Let’s hike the Connecticut Forest & Parks Association’s Blue Trails Challenge!
To me, this list is clearly the hiking list in Connecticut. With two National Scenic Trails (the AT is included here) and some of the oldest trails in the state, this amazing (mostly) volunteer organization is just fantastic. I love the CFPA, so let’s take on their Blue Trails Challenge!
State Parks, Forests, Preserves, Reserves, NAPs, & WMAs
I see differing numbers on how many state parks, forests, and other stuff we have in Connecticut, but I do my best to get to them all – and there are a lot. So let’s get going and and hike every state property!
Land Trust Trails
There are around 100 land trusts (and land trust-like entities) in Connecticut and almost all of them have trailed properties. I’d love to hike them all, but let’s be realistic. I’ve been quite surprised by how nice most of my land trust hiking has been. Go here for Lots and lots of Land Trust hikes!
Town Land Trails and Such
Ok, now I’m getting silly, right? No, not really. I’ve enjoyed a lot of excellent hikes on what I call “town owned land,” which includes most non-Audubon nature centers and private property as well. Some towns publish awesome trail guides and everything. Let’s start the long walk: 169 Towns, a billion trails.
Audubon, Nature Conservancy, South Central CT Regional Water Authority, & US Army Corps of Engineers Trails
This is where I’ve combined the trails for all of these entities that you likely never think about, but they also maintain some of the absolute best trails in the state. Don’t believe me? Well, then, go here for CT’s mish-mash trails!
Oh, there’s more below the picture…
DEEP Sky’s the Limit Annual Challenge Hikes (2015 – 2017):
The state puts out a list of 14 challenge spots for us to go and find. In 2015, I did them all with Damian (11 with Calvin), but since then, all three of us have been completing each challenge in full. I’m very proud of my sons and these are pretty fun pages to read. Go here for the Sky’s the Limit hikes!
Needs an update
There are an insane number of these things – and more in the works.
Needs an update
Essex Canoe/Kayak Trail
Housatonic Valley River Trail
Quinnipiac River Canoe Trail
Mattabesset River Canoe/Trail
Mystic River Water Trail
Norwalk Islands Canoe/Kayak Trail
Old Lyme Canoe/Kayak Trail
Shetucket River Water Trail
Little River Water Trail, Woodstock
I hate that I’ve buried these links down here because I love this stuff. Like, I really love this stuff.