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Hiker Resources

A young hiker enjoying a Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail

Hiking on the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails is a wonderful way to explore the woodlands of Connecticut. The trails range from flatland rambles to difficult climbs, essentially there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer to hike on your own, with your family, or with a hiking club, having a fun and safe hike is an important part of the journey. Use the following hiking resources to learn how to use the trails, plan for your outing, and have a successful trail adventure.

Unless otherwise posted, all Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails are intended for foot travel only. Thanks to our countless trail hosts, the trails link large landscapes and offer access to unique natural areas. Please be respectful, stay on trail, keep dogs leashed, and practice Leave No Trace principles on your outing.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or have just picked up your first pair of hiking shoes, having the most up-to-date trail information is crucial to a successful outing. Visit our interactive trails map to get directions to trailheads, view Trail Notices, and see the latest trail location information. If you prefer to have something in your hand, pick up our hiking guide, the Connecticut Walk Book.

To get a sense of what you might find out on the trail, take a virtual hike first with our Tales From the Trails video series.

Our trails are maintained by a dedicated corps of volunteers. If you notice a trail issue or an unsafe situation on your hike, please let us know by reporting it on our online trail report form.

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