There is no other trails celebration like it. Connecticut Trails Day is proud to be the largest National Trails Day® celebration in the nation—featuring free, volunteer-led events each year. Besides just being a lot of fun, there are many benefits to leading a Connecticut Trails Day event. Participating is a gratifying experience for everyone involved.
Registration is open to new leaders-- register your CT Trails Day event HERE today.
*Returning event leaders (with their 2021 password) can register by clicking HERE.
Learn about our plans to make Trails Day Covid-Safe this year HERE.
Event submissions must be received by May 19, 2021 to be included in the enhanced, comprehensive CT Trails Day online event listings.
Why is it so fun to be an Trails Day event leader? Because you..
- Meet great people (while being safe & socially distanced)
- Introduce families and new friends to your property and trails
- Get a cool leader t-shirt
- Build community support for your trail project
- Have your event featured in the CT Trails Day online directory
- Share the natural, cultural, scenic & historic highlights of your favorite trail
- Encourage folks to get out and enjoy healthy recreation safely
- Generate publicity for your organization
Testimonials—Learn why others take part in this annual celebration
“The Last Green Valley is always very pleased to host a CT Trails Weekend outing—particularly paddles. Connecticut has many beautiful rivers and water trails are a great way to share the amazing natural resources of this region with residents and visitors to The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.”
—Bill Reid, Chief Ranger at The Last Green Valley
“I love being out in the woods for almost any reason. I especially love helping others get out and enjoy the woods. Some participants are already avid hikers looking for a new place to hike and I enjoy leading them through woodlands I especially like. Some participants want to start hiking and Trails Weekend is an easy and safe way for them to begin. It’s also fun to see friendships formed on a hike. Hopefully we are also helping to foster advocates for maintaining woodlands and open space.”
—Jan Gatzuras, CFPA Trails Volunteer
“Hill-Stead respects and honors the work done by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association for preserving and nurturing one of the finest trails systems in the world [the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails]. We also honor Hill-Stead’s founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, who was an early member of the Association and initially helped fill a gap in the Metacomet Trail between Route 6 and Farmington Avenue in 1940. She celebrated walking, inspired by the two hours a day walks that were required when she went to Miss Porter’s School in Farmington in the 1880s. It is terrific that walkers today can go on the Metacomet Trail, thanks to good partnership, knowing it will be preserved. We find it fun and inspiring to be part of CT Trails Weekend.”
—Betty Collins, Hill-Stead Museum Interpreter