The CT Trail Census at UConn has just released another impactful report documenting increased trail usage in April & May, 2020 compared to trail usage during the same months last year.
The COVID-19 Trail Impact Report: April-May 2020 documents that “Overall, three quarters of the trails participating in this study recorded an increase of greater than 50%, compared to April-May 2019.”
The report also notes that surveys are suggesting that people are starting to avoid the busiest sites and use #CTTrailsLessTraveled as well as resources such as CFPA’s interactive Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails Map to find trail options that are less crowded.
The CT Trail Census website contains reports and stories about trail use, a “look behind the scenes” at the trail use data that is being collected around the state, and even a new podcast called “On the Trail.”
You might enjoy looking at the trail use data for individual trails to get a good guesstimate on how busy a trail may or may not be at particular times of the day and week (of course, depending upon weather and other variables). For example, weekends between 1 and 4 p.m. tend to be the busiest time for trail use, and mornings during the week tend to be less busy.
Stay safe and happy Trails!