Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails

The Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, first Metacomet Trail on West Peakestablished in 1929, currently totals over 825 miles of hiking trails in 96 Connecticut towns. The trails are open year-round to all forms of foot travel, unless otherwise posted. The trail system, marked with the blue rectangular blazes, offers a great way to explore the open space and protected land of Connecticut. Whether you're looking for a short loop hike or to cover long miles, the Blue- Blazed Hiking Trail System has something for everyone.

The trails are maintained by dedicated volunteers who contribute approximately 20,000 hours to trail work every year. Trail volunteers keep the trails open and clear of brush and downed trees. They blaze and sign the trails, schedule work parties, build bridges, and relocate or improve trails as necessary. CFPA welcomes new volunteers to help with trail maintenance. Current volunteer trail opportunities are listed here.

Hiking in Penwood State Park, courtesy of Cindy RossTRAIL WORKSHOPS: CFPA organizes an Annual Trail Maintainers Workshop each spring, a Winter Trail Workshop, and schedules trail maintenance events throughout the year. These activities are led by seasoned trail volunteers and provide an excellent opportunity for land trusts, conservation commissions, park/rec agencies, and interested volunteers to learn trail construction and maintenance in a hands-on environment.

Check the Events Calendar and join us on the next project or workshop!