Hiking Spots in Connecticut: National Connecticut Day

Posted on by Isabelle Brown

 This week on August 10th we celebrated National Connecticut Day! As a CT based nonprofit, we feel proud to be headquartered in a state with so many different types of topography. From beaches to forests, from farmlands to mountains, we are glad to have a day to celebrate the state of Connecticut.  

We have put together a list of 5 hiking or walking trails throughout all 8 counties in Connecticut for you to check out!  

Litchfield County

Kent Falls
Kent Falls
  1. Mine Hill Preserve – Roxbury, CT
  2. White Memorial Foundation Trail – Litchfield, CT 
  3. Kent Falls State Park – Kent, CT
  4. Hidden Valley Preserve – Washington Depot, CT
  5.  Lion’s Head Trail – Salisbury, CT 


Hidden Valley Preserve

Hartford County

  1. Talcott Mountain State Park – Simsbury, CT 
  2. Ragged Mountain Preserve – Berlin, CT 
  3. Enders State Forest – Granby, CT
  4. Farmington Canal Heritage Trail – Farmington, CT
  5. West Hartford Reservoir – West Hartford, CT
    Enders State Forest


Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
West Hartford Reservoir

Tolland County

  1. Campbell’s Peaceful Valley Conservation Area – Tolland, CT 
  2. Fifty-Foot Cliff Trailhead – Storrs, CT 
  3. Bigelow Hollow State Park – Union, CT 
  4. Whitaker Woods Nature Preserve – Somers, CT 
  5. Hop River State Park Trail – Columbia, CT 


Windham County

  1. Wyndham Land Trust Bull Hill Forest Preserve – Woodstock, CT 
  2. Old Furnace State Park – Danielson, CT 
  3. Rock Spring Preserve – Hampton, CT 
  4. Allanach-Wolf Woodlands – Windham, CT 
  5. Tri-State Marker Loop Trail at Airline State Park – Thompson, CT
    1. You can stand in 3 states at once on the tri-state border of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachussetts  


Fairfield County

Pequonnock Valley Greenway
  1. Pequonnock Valley Greenway – Trumbull, CT 
  2. Pine Mountain Trail Head – Ridgefield, CT 
  3. Orchard Hill Nature Center – Newtown, CT 
  4. Still River Greenway Trail – Brookfield, CT 
  5. Franc Preserve to Brunot Preserve Loop – Bethel, CT 


New Haven County

Southford Falls State Park
  1. East Rock Park. - New Haven, CT 
  2. West Rock Ridge State Park – New Haven, CT 
  3. Sleeping Giant State Park – Hamden, CT 
  4. Southford Falls State Park – Southbury, CT  
  5. Quinnipiac Trail – Hamden, CT  


Middlesex County

  1. Wadsworth Falls State Park – Middletown, CT  
  2. Devil’s Hopyard State Park – East Haddam, CT 
  3. Bushy Hill Nature Preserve – Deep River, CT 
  4. Mattabesset Trailhead – Durham, CT 
  5. Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam, CT 


New London County

  1. Fort Trumbull State Park – New London, CT 
  2. Hartman Park – Lyme, CT 
  3. Paffard Woods – Stonington, CT  
  4. Bluff Point State Park- Groton, CT 
  5. Yantic Falls – Norwich, CT 


 Send Us Your Favorite CT Trail!

Did we miss any of your favorite CT hiking or walking trails? Do you have any photos from any of the places we named? Send them to us on Twitter using the hashtag #CTTrails and we will repost and tag you!  

To our fellow Connecticut residents, or hiking enthusiasts from all over: Happy trails this National Connecticut Day!