Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities. It is relaxing (mentally, maybe not so much physically!) and beautiful. You never know what types of terrain and wildlife you are going to come across. Even better, many hikes come with amazing views. I am a self proclaimed view seeker, I just LOVE good views.
I recommend hiking for anyone that needs to unplug for a little while and just escape the chaos that is day to day life. However many people simply do not know where to start! I found myself faced with this same issue when I first started exploring Connecticut trails, so I have a few ways to find the perfect trail for you:
- Local Forest & Park Association
One good way to find trails in your area is to look for information from your local forest and park association. Many have websites that will point you in the direction of state parks or trails, along with maps that you can follow. Connecticut’s Forest and Park Association actually published a book with all of the blue marked trails in the state. I purchased this book on Amazon and have been crossing trails off the list ever since. If you are in the Connecticut area, I highly recommend you check it out.
- Online Sites & Apps
There are numerous online sites and mobile applications that can be used to find trails near you. The added benefit is that many of them have a GPS component that will help you to follow the trail and ensure that you don’t get lost. I am personally found of All Trails: https://www.alltrails.com
- Word of Mouth
Finally, you would be surprised by how many people you know that are also interested in getting outside. Start the conversation and see if anyone has any recommendations. If not, you can explore social media and blogs to see what other people are saying.
Do you have any good hiking locations? Share them in the comments! 🙂
Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail in Berlin, Connecticut
This is definitely in the top five most beautiful hikes that I have done and also one of the more difficult. For more information about the trail itself, check out my location summary.
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