Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery and fresh New England air. One of the best ways to do this is to head to one (or several) of the great hiking spots along the New York state border or anywhere around Connecticut. Here are some ideas for top hiking spots in the region so you can get some exercise and enjoy the great weather while it lasts.

Devil’s Den Preserve Trail (Southeast CT near the NY border)

For our Stamford residents in southern CT and closer to the NY state border, check out Devil’s Den Preserve Trail. Just a few miles north of Weston, Devil’s Den features a 7.5 mile looped trail with plenty of wild flower, forest, and lake views to enjoy.

If you happen to be a “leaf peeper”, these locations may also offer some of the most spectacular views of the changing foliage in the CT area. Since the leaves in Connecticut typically start changing during the month of October, this may be your last chance to enjoy the scenery before the cold truly sets in!

 

Mattabesett Blue Trail (Central CT)

Closer to New Haven, located near Middlefield, CT, this 9-mile out and back trail is only a section of the total 50-mile trail network from Guilford to Wallingford, and offers some truly amazing views atop Connecticut’s famous Traprock Ridges. This trail has a moderate rating that can be enjoyed even by the most novice of hikers and is easily accessible.

 

Kent Falls State Park (Litchfield County)

For our residents near Danbury at Mayfair Square and Copper Village, be sure to enjoy all Litchfield county has to offer this time of year. Kent Falls State Park is a beautiful destination. It is a scenic ride through the hills to get there, then hike to see this striking series of waterfalls on the Housatonic River. The falls drop 250 feet in under a quarter mile.

 

Bigelow Hollow State Park (Northeast CT)

If you are up for a road trip to the northeast section of CT, check out Bigelow Hollow State Park located in Union. The main portion of the trail is located directly near the entrance and wraps around Breakneck Pond for 6-7 miles of beautiful views of waterfronts and rock formations. No advanced hiking experience required! The foliage is beautiful this time of year.

 

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