For CT’s many other non-CFPA hiking trails, Go here.
For all non-CT hiking, peak-bagging and highpointing, Go here.
For other Historic, Artistic and Cultural type trails Go Here.
For Oenophilic, Food and Beverage Trails, Go Here.
There are over 800 miles of blue-blazed hiking trails in 88 different towns in little Connecticut. A 52 mile section of the Appalachian Trail also cuts across the Northwest corner of the state. I love hiking, lists, and writing… Soooo, why not try to hike them all? And take a bunch of pictures and document it all here for you – since it sounds fun and there really is not a comparable resource on the Internet that I’m aware of.
There exists something called the Connecticut 400 Club which recognizes those who have hiked all the major trails of Connecticut. Since the “Club’s” inception, over 400 more miles have been added to the task, but no one bothered to change the name. I shall join the club with the terribly inaccurate name. (Note: in 2008 it was determined the total amount is 825 miles, but is still growing – My work is never done.)
This is an interesting read; a NYT article about the CT 400 when it was only the CT 400(500) not the 800+ it is today.
The Connecticut Forest and Parks Association not only maintains our trails wonderfully, they also maintain a great website with tons of good resource material on CT’s hiking and natural resources. Like, the blue-blazed trails! And much, much more.
There are also a TON of other well-maintained trails throughout the state; many are in various town land trusts but others are just scattered in preserves and state parks. To hike and document them all would be impossible, but I will be doing a bunch of these non CT400(825) trails as well. As there is no official list, it will be a work in progress.
The listing convention follows the CFPA Walk Book convention. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it more or less works. Trails I’ve completed are linked and bolded, trails begun but not completed are linked and are unbolded.
NET refers to the MMM New England National Scenic Trail
American Legion Trails, 9/9/2007
Appalachian Trail, 11/11/2011 – ?
Bigelow Hollow Trail Network
Case Mountain Trail Network, 11/24/2007
CFPA Demonstration Forest Trails, 4/17/2009
Cockaponset Trail and Cockaponset Forest Side Trails, 3/15/2009
Falls Brook Trail, 1/19/2008
Gay City Trail Network, 6/15/2009 & 6/24/2009
Hancock Brook Trail, 3/31/2009
Jericho Trail, 5/18/2009
Kettletown State Park Trails, 4/14/2009
Lillinonah Trail, 12/9/2007
Lone Pine Trail, 8/1/2008
Macedonia Brook Trail
The Mattabesett Trail, 5/23/2008 – 11/9/2008 (NET)
McLean Refuge Game Trails, 10/12 – 13/2008
Menunkatuck Trail (NET)
Metacomet Trail, 4/29/2007 – ? (NET)
Muir Trail, 9/13/2008
Nayantaquit Trail, 7/8/2007
Nipmuck Trail, 7/23/2010 – ?
Pachaug Trail, 12/14/2008 – ?
Paugussett Trail, 10/27/2008
People’s Forest Trail Network, 10/7/2007
Pine Knob Trail
Pomperaug Trail, 1/14/2012-9/16/2012
Quinebaug Trail, 12/14/2008 – ?
Quinnipiac Trail, 10/21/2012 – ?
Ragged Mountain Trail, 2009-2010
Regicides Trail, 1/6/2008
Salmon River Trail, 8/19/2007
Saugatuck Trail, 12/9/2007
Shenipsit Trail, and Shenipsit Area Trails, 11/24/07 – 5/16/2010
Sleeping Giant State Park Trail Network, 12/23/2010 – 10/21/2012
Stony Creek Quarry
Sunny Valley Preserve Trails, 7/13 – 11/22/2009
The Tunxis Mainline Trail, and Tunxis Area Trails, 2/17/2008 – ?
Westwoods Trail Network
Alain & May White Trails, 9/13/2008
Whitestone Cliffs Trail, 3/31/2009
Wolcott Trail, 9/13/2008
Zoar Trail, 4/14/2009