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Connecticut Backpacking Trails

New Haven, CT: Kettletown State Park Loop

Climb miles up to viewpoints over the cool waters of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar on this 3.8-mile loop through Kettletown State Park.

New Haven, CT: Beach – Island Point Trail

This 5.8-miler loops in-and-around secluded islands of rare trees, diverse bird sanctuaries, and tranquil butterfly gardens in Hammonasset Beach State Park.

New Haven, CT: Chatfield Hollow State Park Loop

This easy 4.6-mile loop serves up large tracts of hardwoods, a side of granite ledges, and the continuous pour of a lively brook.

New Haven: Bluff Point Loop

Explore one of the last undeveloped shorelines in Connecticut on this 6.2-mile hike through Bluff Point Coastal Preserve.

Norwalk, CT: Norwalk Islands Paddle

Bring binoculars on this 7.3-mile paddling tour of Long Island Sound, and take time to check out the shorebirds and a historic island lighthouse.

Hartford: Bear Mountain Loop

Tucked into a corner of the Taconic Mountains, this hardy 6.1-mile route hits the state’s highest peak. Or is it second-highest? What the heck-climb both.

New Haven: West Rock Ridge State Park Loop

This 4-mile loop circles the city’s most prominent ridge, visits a 1661 hideout, and rewards a light effort with dramatic views of New Haven Harbor.

Hartford, CT: Goshen Wildlife Trail

See birds flock together in the lovely brooks and rich wetlands along this 4-mile out-and-back in the Goshen Land Trust.

Appalachian Trail: CT 341 to CT 4

A moderate ascent of Calebs Peak and a steep descent off St. Johns Ledges ends with a gentle cruise along the Housatonic River banks on this 10.7-mile hike.

Appalachian Trail: Hoyt Road to CT 341

This scenic 11.2-miler crisscrosses the New York-Connecticut border three times and rewards hikers with numerous views of the Housatonic Valley.

Appalachian Trail: US 7 to US 44

Some of the best views of Connecticut can be seen from Rand’s View—a quiet meadow dotting this 9-mile leg that showcases unrivaled views of wooded Berkshire Hills.

Appalachian Trail: West Cornwall Road to US 7

Ready your camera. This 7.3-miler serves up five-star views of countless peaks: Bear Mountain, Mount Everett, Kaaterskill High Peak and the Catskills, to name a few.

Appalachian Trail: CT 4 to West Cornwall Road

Don’t let the mileage fool you. This 4.9-miler packs in two summits, crosses a rushing brook, and provides idyllic views of the Housatonic Valley.

New Haven, CT: Devil’s Den Preserve

Escape the crowds at the Nature Conservancy’s largest Connecticut preserve.

Hartford, CT: Tunxis Trail

This up-and-down dayhike features a hidden historic den, rocky ledges, beaver ponds and babbling brooks.

Hartford, CT: Mohawk Trail

Traversing 5.4 miles up and around Coltsfoot Mountain in western Connecticut, this shuttle hike ambles through shaded forest past bubbling brooks and wildflower stashes.

East Haddam, CT: Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Stroll through the lush woodlands of Devil’s Hopyard State Park on this 4.5-mile loop highlighted by a visit to the picture-perfect Chapman Falls.

Devil’s Hopyard

A beautiful, wooded hike along a ridge and through the Eightmile River valley with a beautiful waterfall and vista of Connecticut countryside.

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New Haven: Bluff Point Loop

Explore one of the last undeveloped shorelines in Connecticut on this 6.2-mile hike through Bluff Point Coastal Preserve.

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Hartford: Bear Mountain Loop

Tucked into a corner of the Taconic Mountains, this hardy 6.1-mile route hits the state’s highest peak. Or is it second-highest? What the heck-climb both.

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