As warm weather approaches, it is time to dust off your hiking gear and hit the trails. Whether you have never hiked before, have young children, or are an expert climber, Connecticut has the perfect trail for everyone.
Camp Sloper and Crescent Lake in Southington:
Both spots have multiple trails for all levels. Hikers can choose a flat course around Sloper Pond or Crescent Lake, or challenge themselves with an uphill climb. Sloper’s trails can also connect to the Metacomet Trail, taking passionate hikers on an eight-mile loop past Hubbard Park’s tower.
For Great Views:
Castle Craig, Meriden:
Take the traditional path or climb up a rocky terrain to see Meriden’s Castle Craig. Enjoy the views from the top, a well-earned reward for an upward hike.
For Those Looking to
Take a Dip After:
Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown:
Drive right up to the falls or take a stroll through beautiful woods. With slight inclines, this trail provides a good workout, but remains family friendly.
The Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam:
This trail starts with a beautiful waterfall and small swimming area. There are nearly 1,000 acres to enjoy a picnic, fishing, and camping. Nearby, take a short, 15-minute drive to see Gillette Castle!
Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire and Ragged Mountain, Kensington:
If you are looking to progress, check out these trails. Prepare to get dirty and “scramble,” a hiking term for having to use your hands to climb. Both trails also feature family-friendly paths that are shorter and flatter. Trails are well marked and easy to navigate.
Applachian Trail, Kent:
For expert hikers looking to spend all day in the woods, head to Kent. This trail is nearly 50 miles, but can be made into shorter loops. Get ready to climb ,and make sure you have water, snacks, and other necessities.
Sammi Bray of Southington is a first-year student at Trinity College in Hartford. She is studying public policy and law, with a minor in rhetoric, writing and media studies. She has been freelancing for the Record-Journal since June. She can be contacted at email@example.com.