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    A Desert Park with a Flair for the Dramatic

    A Desert Park with a Flair for the Dramatic

    Monday, May 15 2017 9:08 AM EDT2017-05-15 13:08:53 GMT
    The view of Double Arches from the base of the formation.The view of Double Arches from the base of the formation.

    I’ve blogged about the stunning vistas that Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks have to offer. But, when it comes to the dramatic – Arches has the magical touch. 

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    I’ve blogged about the stunning vistas that Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks have to offer. But, when it comes to the dramatic – Arches has the magical touch. 

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    Stone Hoodoos Greet Visitors to Awe-Inspiring Park

    Stone Hoodoos Greet Visitors to Awe-Inspiring Park

    Monday, May 8 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-05-08 12:25:23 GMT
    Towering hoodoos blanket the park's amphitheatersTowering hoodoos blanket the park's amphitheaters

    Bryce Canyon, Utah There’s nothing in the world quite like this – a sunrise casting light over thousands of crimson-colored stone ‘soldiers’ in the middle of a sweeping amphitheaters of stone. Bryce Canyon is no doubt a special place to visit. Although small in size, this reserve is a jewel among the national park system set in the backdrop of southern Utah’s Pink Cliffs.  

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    Bryce Canyon, Utah There’s nothing in the world quite like this – a sunrise casting light over thousands of crimson-colored stone ‘soldiers’ in the middle of a sweeping amphitheaters of stone. Bryce Canyon is no doubt a special place to visit. Although small in size, this reserve is a jewel among the national park system set in the backdrop of southern Utah’s Pink Cliffs.  

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    Utah: Hiking the ‘Mighty Five’ (Well, Almost)

    Utah: Hiking the ‘Mighty Five’ (Well, Almost)

    Saturday, April 29 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-04-29 10:00:16 GMT
    Sandstone mountains of Zion National ParkSandstone mountains of Zion National Park

    There are hikes, and then there are hikes. So, when my friend Stephanie started talking about a visit to Utah’s grandest national parks, I jumped at the chance. First up: Zion National Park - home to jaw-dropping cliffs and the wilds of a sweeping canyon. There's nothing better and in a moment you'll see why.

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    There are hikes, and then there are hikes. So, when my friend Stephanie started talking about a visit to Utah’s grandest national parks, I jumped at the chance. First up: Zion National Park - home to jaw-dropping cliffs and the wilds of a sweeping canyon. There's nothing better and in a moment you'll see why.

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    New Haven Lighthouse Beckons Visitors to Its Shores

    New Haven Lighthouse Beckons Visitors to Its Shores

    Thursday, March 9 2017 5:51 AM EST2017-03-09 10:51:24 GMT

    With a burst of spring-like temps on the horizon, it's the perfect time to make a break and head to the shore. Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is where I landed. And, as its name indicates – the park’s lighthouse serves as a welcome beacon to visitors from both near and far.

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    With a burst of spring-like temps on the horizon, it's the perfect time to make a break and head to the shore. Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is where I landed. And, as its name indicates – the park’s lighthouse serves as a welcome beacon to visitors from both near and far.

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    A Connecticut Hike to a Waterfall with Quiet Appeal

    A Connecticut Hike to a Waterfall with Quiet Appeal

    Monday, January 23 2017 6:50 AM EST2017-01-23 11:50:09 GMT
    The frozen falls at Grayville Falls ParkThe frozen falls at Grayville Falls Park

    We’re two weeks into the new year and it’s time to hit the trails. First up in 2017, Grayville Falls in Hebron. It’s not the biggest or best waterfall I’ve ever found, but, its small cascades and stratified bedrock is a picturesque backdrop that sets a fanciful tone in this wooded park.

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    We’re two weeks into the new year and it’s time to hit the trails. First up in 2017, Grayville Falls in Hebron. It’s not the biggest or best waterfall I’ve ever found, but, its small cascades and stratified bedrock is a picturesque backdrop that sets a fanciful tone in this wooded park.

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    Hebron Hike Offers Brief Escape from the Ordinary

    Hebron Hike Offers Brief Escape from the Ordinary

    Friday, January 20 2017 9:18 AM EST2017-01-20 14:18:29 GMT
    On the Trail at Gay City State ParkOn the Trail at Gay City State Park

    We all need time to recharge.  And, a trip to Hebron's Gay City State Park - with more than 1,500 acres to explore - may be exactly what you need.

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    We all need time to unwind and recharge.  A hike at Gay City State Park in Hebron could be just the thing you need.  A web of  winding trails and a long, snaking river cuts through 1,500 acres of forest that offers visitors a chance to escape from it all.

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    2016: Highlights of 'The Trail Mix' and the CT Outdoors

    2016: Highlights of 'The Trail Mix' and the CT Outdoors

    Saturday, December 31 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-31 11:00:16 GMT
    Mt. Tom tower offers stunning views over Litchfield CountyMt. Tom tower offers stunning views over Litchfield County

    It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone. But, over the past 12 months The Trail Mix has seen its fair share of great places to explore. Of those I hiked in 2016, some are little well known, while others attract visitors from near and far. But don’t worry if you can’t get to all of them … 2017 is just around the corner.  

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    It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone. But, over the past 12 months The Trail Mix has seen its fair share of great places to explore. Of those I hiked in 2016, some are little well known, while others attract visitors from near and far. But don’t worry if you can’t get to all of them … 2017 is just around the corner.  

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    Exploring the Hidden Life Inside a Simsbury Preserve

    Exploring the Hidden Life Inside a Simsbury Preserve

    Monday, December 19 2016 5:11 AM EST2016-12-19 10:11:30 GMT
    Tanager Hill trail parallels ravineTanager Hill trail parallels ravine

    There are so many great places to hike in Connecticut. But, in Simsbury, the many nooks and crannies in this suburban town makes coming here a no 'brainer'. Enter Tanager Hill.... 

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    There are so many great places to hike in Connecticut. But, in Simsbury, the many nooks and crannies in this suburban town makes coming here a no 'brainer'. Enter Tanager Hill.... 

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    A Golfer’s Playground Turned Nature’s Paradise

    A Golfer’s Playground Turned Nature’s Paradise

    Monday, December 12 2016 6:03 AM EST2016-12-12 11:03:09 GMT
    A seat with a viewA seat with a view

    A golfer’s playground has turned nature’s paradise. Where golfers once ‘played’ through Pistol Creek in Berlin, now, visitors wander the grounds using the old, paved paths as a guide. And there's plenty to see as you go 'fore'-ward!

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    A golfer’s playground has turned nature’s paradise. Where golfers once ‘played’ through Pistol Creek in Berlin, now, visitors wander the grounds using the old, paved paths as a guide. And there's plenty to see as you go 'fore'-ward!

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    Coastal Hike: A Spot with a Mansion, a Marsh, and a View

    Coastal Hike: A Spot with a Mansion, a Marsh, and a View

    Saturday, December 3 2016 5:00 AM EST2016-12-03 10:00:13 GMT

    Coastal hikes are few and far between in Connecticut. But, they are well worth the effort once you find them. Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford is one such place that's often over-looked. This 230-acre property was once a working farm, but now its centerpiece is a 42-room mansion and the glorious park-like grounds that are easy to explore.

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    Harkness Memorial State Park Waterford Coastal hikes are few and far between in Connecticut. But, they are well worth the effort of discovering. Places like Bluff Point in Groton and Hammonasset Beach in Madison each have its own special nuances. But, there is one shoreline spot that often gets overlooked - Harkness Memorial State Park. This 230-acre park in Waterford was once a working farm, but its centerpiece is a 42-room mansion known as Eolia - named for the Greek god of win...

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    Sprague Land Preserve: A River Runs Through It

    Sprague Land Preserve: A River Runs Through It

    Saturday, November 19 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-11-19 11:00:14 GMT
    One of several trails running through the preserveOne of several trails running through the preserve

    It happens all the time. Over time, large swaths of land and its natural resources fall prey to development. But, sometimes the opposite happens. Like it did in Sprague. What once housed a rifle range and sports club back in the 1960s, has now transformed into one of the largest preserves in the southeastern part of Connecticut. And, it's a gold mine for those of us who enjoy the outdoors.

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    It happens all the time. Over time, large swaths of land and its natural resources fall prey to development. But, sometimes the opposite happens. Like it did in Sprague. What once housed a rifle range and sports club back in the 1960s, has now transformed into one of the largest preserves in the southeastern part of Connecticut. And, it's a gold mine for those of us who enjoy the outdoors.

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    Unwind on the Trails of Simsbury’s Glover Property

    Unwind on the Trails of Simsbury’s Glover Property

    Monday, November 14 2016 6:16 AM EST2016-11-14 11:16:40 GMT
    (WFSB photo)(WFSB photo)

    Simsbury is one of those places that serve as a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of any age. From Heublin Tower to Penwood State Park, this Connecticut suburb has some phenomenal hikes that keep me coming back. But, sometimes it’s the quieter spots that resonate. One such place is the property known as Glover.

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    Simsbury is one of those places that serve as a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of any age. From Heublin Tower to Penwood State Park, this Connecticut suburb has some phenomenal hikes that keep me coming back. But, sometimes it’s the quieter spots that resonate. One such place is the property known as Glover.

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    River Draws Visitors to Avon Farm

    River Draws Visitors to Avon Farm

    Saturday, November 5 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-11-05 10:00:14 GMT
    Trail leading to the WellhouseTrail leading to the Wellhouse

    From commercial to recreational use, the Farmington River is a staple in the Connecticut landscape. And, it’s the centerpiece for a farm in the heart of Avon - Fisher Meadows. With more than 200 acres of lush fields, forests, and, that all-important riverfront access, visitors don't have to go far to find a connection to nature so close to home.

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    From commercial to recreational use, the Farmington River is a staple in the Connecticut landscape. And, it’s the centerpiece for a farm in the heart of Avon - Fisher Meadows. With more than 200 acres of lush fields, forests, and, that all-important riverfront access, visitors don't have to go far to find a connection to nature so close to home.

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    Farm Life Explored at West Hartford Park

    Farm Life Explored at West Hartford Park

    Monday, October 31 2016 6:09 AM EDT2016-10-31 10:09:30 GMT
    Goat grazing at the farmGoat grazing at the farm

    Farm life isn’t exactly unique in Connecticut. But, when it offers visitors the chance to see the inner workings first hand, it takes on a whole new meaning. Walking onto the property of Westmoor Park in West Hartford captures that feeling and so much more with three miles of trails that weave in and out of the adjacent wildlife ecosystem.

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    Farm life isn’t exactly unique in Connecticut. But, when it offers visitors the chance to see the inner workings first hand, it takes on a whole new meaning. Walking onto the property of Westmoor Park in West Hartford captures that feeling and so much more with three miles of trails that weave in and out of the adjacent wildlife ecosystem.

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    Quiet Connecticut Spot to Watch the Autumn Show

    Quiet Connecticut Spot to Watch the Autumn Show

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 7:13 AM EDT2016-10-25 11:13:59 GMT
    Quiet spot to view Taylor PondQuiet spot to view Taylor Pond

    Sandwiched between sprawling farmland and gentle hills, sits a 305-acre plot of land that entices the everyday hiker. At first glance, the Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve in Willington is like many other parks - dotted with benches and picnic tables to make the spot extra inviting for visitors. But, once you come upon it, the landscape alone makes this place like no other.

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    Sandwiched between sprawling farmland and gentle hills, sits a 305-acre plot of land that entices the everyday hiker. At first glance, the Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve in Willington is like many other parks - dotted with benches and picnic tables to make the spot extra inviting for visitors. But, once you come upon it, the landscape alone makes this place like no other.

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    Rediscovered Hidden Wonder Just Beyond the Tracks

    Rediscovered Hidden Wonder Just Beyond the Tracks

    Monday, October 17 2016 8:59 AM EDT2016-10-17 12:59:44 GMT

    Hidden and mostly forgotten – there’s a stretch of the Quinnipiac River that flows out of sight and out of mind. But it’s there - just beyond the thousands of shoppers that descend the popular Target shopping plaza in North Haven every day. 

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    Hidden and mostly forgotten – there’s a stretch of the Quinnipiac River that flows out of sight and out of mind. But it’s there - just beyond the thousands of shoppers that descend the popular Target shopping plaza in North Haven every day. Who kew what lies just beyond the big red bullseye that looms large in this parking lot.  

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    Session Woods: A Lesson in Exploration

    Session Woods: A Lesson in Exploration

    Saturday, October 8 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-10-08 11:00:19 GMT
    Boardwalk leading into Beaver MarshBoardwalk leading into Beaver Marsh

    It’s that time of year when cool, crisp air and touches of color transform many of Connecticut’s forests. And a great spot to see autumn unfold is at Session Woods in Burlington. 

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    It’s that time of year when cool, crisp air and touches of color transform many of Connecticut’s forests. And a great spot to see autumn unfold is at Session Woods in Burlington. 

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    Lantern Hill: A Beacon of Light for Explorers

    Lantern Hill: A Beacon of Light for Explorers

    Saturday, September 24 2016 5:00 AM EDT2016-09-24 09:00:09 GMT
    View of Foxwoods Casino from top of Lantern HillView of Foxwoods Casino from top of Lantern Hill

    Lantern Hill in North Stonington is one of those places I always find on those lists of ‘top spots’ to hike in the state. And, as I quickly learned, there is a good reason for that. It isn't easy to get there. But, the views from the summit are dazzling and well worth the effort.

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    Lantern Hill in North Stonington is one of those places I always find on those lists of ‘top spots’ to hike in the state. And, as I quickly learned, there is a good reason for that. It isn't easy to get there. But, the views from the summit are dazzling and well worth the effort.

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    'Quiet Corner' Hiking Spot Lives Up to Its Name

    'Quiet Corner' Hiking Spot Lives Up to Its Name

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 8:33 AM EDT2016-09-20 12:33:08 GMT
    Knowlton Hill on a gorgeous September dayKnowlton Hill on a gorgeous September day

    Stunning. It’s a word I don’t use lightly. But, how can you not after casting your eyes on Knowlton Hill? It’s a gorgeous plot of land – 127 acres in size that hugs the Mansfield-Ashford line. And with a beautiful blue sky above and a gentle breeze at my back I was more than willing to set off to find out more.  

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    Stunning. It’s a word I don’t use lightly. But, how can you not after casting your eyes on Knowlton Hill? It’s a gorgeous plot of land – 127 acres in size that hugs the Mansfield-Ashford line. And with a beautiful blue sky above and a gentle breeze at my back I was more than willing to set off to find out more.  

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    From Farm to Forest: Visiting the Bethany Farms Trail

    From Farm to Forest: Visiting the Bethany Farms Trail

    Saturday, September 10 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-09-10 10:00:14 GMT
    Web of trails inside 70-acre parcelWeb of trails inside 70-acre parcel

    BETHANY FARMS TRAIL SYSTEM Bethany-Woodbridge I went in search of a lake, located a farm, and found myself in a forest.  

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    BETHANY FARMS TRAIL SYSTEM Bethany-Woodbridge I went in search of a lake, located a farm, and found myself in a forest.  

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    Shoreline Trails Offer Choices for Visitors Needing a Break from the Beach

    Shoreline Trails Offer Choices for Visitors Needing a Break from the Beach

    Saturday, August 20 2016 5:00 AM EDT2016-08-20 09:00:13 GMT
    Marsh views from shoreline trailsMarsh views from shoreline trails

    Growing up, I spent many a summer day on the shoreline. And I keep that tradition alive with my own children with routine visits to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. But, for the countless hours we’ve spent on the beach, we never really explored the many nuances of this 710-acre park – until now.

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    Growing up, I spent many a summer day on the shoreline. And I keep that tradition alive with my own children with routine visits to Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. But, for the countless hours we’ve spent on the beach, we never really explored the many nuances of this 710-acre park – until now.

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    Singing the Praises of CT Bike Trail Despite the Heat, Rain

    Singing the Praises of CT Bike Trail Despite the Heat, Rain

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 8:16 AM EDT2016-08-16 12:16:57 GMT
    Biking the Larkin State Park TrailBiking the Larkin State Park Trail

    LARKIN STATE PARK TRAIL Naugatuck My quest to beat the heat has taken me to yet another bike trail, this one shaded in the thick canopy of trees lining the Larkin Trail. The state park stretches across four towns from Naugatuck to Southbury and serves as yet another example of how these one-time railroad passages provide so much to present-day explorers.

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    LARKIN STATE PARK TRAIL Naugatuck My quest to beat the heat has taken me to yet another bike trail, this one shaded in the thick canopy of trees lining the Larkin Trail. The state park stretches across four towns from Naugatuck to Southbury and serves as yet another example of how these one-time railroad passages provide so much to present-day explorers.

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    Bethlehem a Beacon for Outdoor Explorers

    Bethlehem a Beacon for Outdoor Explorers

    Saturday, August 6 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-08-06 10:00:12 GMT
    River bend inside Bethlehem preserveRiver bend inside Bethlehem preserve

    Tucked in the hills of Litchfield County, sits the little town of Bethlehem. It’s a place that conjures up thoughts of Christmas. But, in the summer, Two Rivers Preserve is a beacon for folks looking to get out into the great outdoors.

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    Tucked in the hills of Litchfield County, sits the little town of Bethlehem. It’s a place that conjures up thoughts of Christmas. But, in the summer, Two Rivers Preserve is a beacon for folks looking to get out into the great outdoors.  

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    Biking the Greenway to beat the heat

    Biking the Greenway to beat the heat

    Saturday, July 30 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-07-30 10:00:13 GMT
    Bikers enjoy a scenic ride on the GreenwayBikers enjoy a scenic ride on the Greenway

    The heat this summer has been relentless and it can take a toll on many of us heading outdoors. So, I figured taking out the bike and exploring one of the state’s shaded rail trails would be a great diversion. And, a spin on the Farmington Valley Greenway is the boost I needed on this hot and sticky day.  

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    The heat this summer has been relentless and it can take a toll on many of us heading outdoors. So, I figured taking out the bike and exploring one of the state’s shaded rail trails would be a great diversion. And, a spin on the Farmington Valley Greenway is the boost I needed on this hot and sticky day.  

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    Old Wethersfield preserve shines as true hidden gem

    Old Wethersfield preserve shines as true hidden gem

    Saturday, July 23 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-07-23 10:00:14 GMT
    Path leads hikers by small pond.Path leads hikers by small pond.

    A hidden gem awaits those in Old Wethersfield looking to explore their surroundings. Great Meadows' Wood Parcel packs in a lot of elements. It marries the natural landscape of a quintessential marsh with that of a multi-generational farm and reveals a history steeped in both 18th century living and Native American culture.

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    A hidden gem awaits those in Old Wethersfield looking to explore their surroundings. Great Meadows' Wood Parcel packs in a lot of elements. It marries the natural landscape of a quintessential marsh with that of a multi-generational farm and reveals a history steeped in both 18th century living and Native American culture.

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    Natural History Unfolds in the Litchfield Hills

    Natural History Unfolds in the Litchfield Hills

    Saturday, July 16 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-07-16 10:00:13 GMT
    Kayakers glide by while exploring Litchfield park.Kayakers glide by while exploring Litchfield park.

    Tucked away in the Litchfield hills, the 4,000-acre White Memorial Conservation Center has a history steeped in the numerous folds of the land it sits on.  For more than 100 years, it has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to its home. And with 40 miles of trails, the possibilities of what you can see are endless.

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    Tucked away in the Litchfield hills, the 4,000-acre White Memorial Conservation Center has a history steeped in the numerous folds of the land it sits on.  For more than 100 years, it has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to its home. And with 40 miles of trails, the possibilities of what you can see are endless.

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    Rare display in the depths of a Connecticut forest

    Rare display in the depths of a Connecticut forest

    Saturday, July 2 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-07-02 10:00:13 GMT
    Climb to Mt. MiseryClimb to Mt. Misery

    Staring off into my backyard, much of my summer garden is in full bloom, while my spring flowers have since wilted away. But, while the blossoms of my rhododendrons are long gone, the native blooms deep in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown are just emerging.  

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    Staring off into my backyard, much of my summer garden is in full bloom, while my spring flowers have since wilted away. But, while the blossoms of my rhododendrons are long gone, the native blooms deep in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown are just emerging.  

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    Fairytale tower draws hikers to top of Connecticut mountain

    Fairytale tower draws hikers to top of Connecticut mountain

    Saturday, June 25 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-06-25 10:00:16 GMT
    Tower Atop Mt. Tom State ParkTower Atop Mt. Tom State Park

     “I want to see where the princess lives.” It’s a secret wish that one young hiker told her mother recently on their visit to Mt. Tom in Litchfield. 

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     “I want to see where the princess lives.” It’s a secret wish that one young hiker told her mother recently on their visit to Mt. Tom in Litchfield. 

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    City’s Nature Garden a Hidden Treasure Waiting to be Explored

    City’s Nature Garden a Hidden Treasure Waiting to be Explored

    Saturday, June 18 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-06-18 10:00:14 GMT

    We often don’t associate cities with places where natural beauty can be found. But, I find some of the most urban areas have the best hidden treasures out there. Middletown Nature Gardens is one of them. In a city, with a population of 47,000, the small 18-acre plot of land holds the key to quiet and solitude.  

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    We often don’t associate cities with places where natural beauty can be found. But, I find some of the most urban areas have the best hidden treasures out there. Middletown Nature Gardens is one of them. In a city, with a population of 47,000, the small 18-acre plot of land holds the key to quiet and solitude.  

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    Shoreline Preserve is for the Birds....Literally

    Shoreline Preserve is for the Birds....Literally

    Monday, June 13 2016 7:37 AM EDT2016-06-13 11:37:28 GMT
    View of the shoreline from the trailView of the shoreline from the trail

    Sometimes, a hike can be for the birds. Quite literally. And my trip to Barn Island in Stonington proves my point.  At a little more than 1,000 acres, Barn Island is the largest coastal wildlife management area in the state. And, within its borders, wildlife flourishes.  

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    Sometimes, a hike can be for the birds. Quite literally. And my trip to Barn Island in Stonington proves my point.  At a little more than 1,000 acres, Barn Island is the largest coastal wildlife management area in the state. And, within its borders, wildlife flourishes.  

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    Icy Past Creates Boulder Playground for Park Visitors

    Icy Past Creates Boulder Playground for Park Visitors

    Saturday, June 4 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-06-04 10:00:14 GMT
    A bumper crop of boulders to climbA bumper crop of boulders to climb

    The extraordinary awaits hikers at Ledyard Glacial Park where a sea of boulders greets all who travel within its borders. Its 22-acre size may not seem much, but this unique landscape packs a punch with almost every step - or rather jump - you make.

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    The extraordinary awaits hikers at Ledyard Glacial Park where a sea of boulders greets all who travel within its borders. Its 22-acre size may not seem much, but this unique landscape packs a punch with almost every step - or rather jump - you make.

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    Refuge a Beacon for Wildlife and Hikers on the Shore

    Refuge a Beacon for Wildlife and Hikers on the Shore

    Saturday, May 28 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-05-28 10:00:13 GMT
    View of meadow at homestead siteView of meadow at homestead site

    The state’s first national wildlife refuge serves as a bright light that stands out as a beacon for wildlife along the coast.

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    The state’s first national wildlife refuge serves as a bright light that stands out as a beacon for wildlife along the coast.

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  • Fairy Tale Setting for Connecticut Falls Attraction

    Fairy Tale Setting for Connecticut Falls Attraction

    Saturday, May 21 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-05-21 10:00:13 GMT
    Spruce Brook Falls in NaugatuckSpruce Brook Falls in Naugatuck

    Spruce Brook Ravine Beacon Falls It’s a gorgeous setting with one of the more impressive waterfalls in the state. But, unless you live in Beacon Falls – you may not even know it exists. Spruce Brook Ravine is tucked away in the western block of the 5,000-acre Naugatuck State Forest. But, the ravine, along with High Rock Grove, are a treat all on their own.

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    Spruce Brook Ravine Beacon Falls It’s a gorgeous setting with one of the more impressive waterfalls in the state. But, unless you live in Beacon Falls – you may not even know it exists. Spruce Brook Ravine is tucked away in the western block of the 5,000-acre Naugatuck State Forest. But, the ravine, along with High Rock Grove, are a treat all on their own.

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    Bright spot deep in the woods of Deep River hike

    Bright spot deep in the woods of Deep River hike

    Saturday, May 7 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-05-07 10:00:17 GMT
    Railroad that runs through preserveRailroad that runs through preserve

    In a week where dreary, wet weather has put a damper on nearly everything, I came across a little bright spot to make it through. That spot….Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Preserve.  

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    In a week where dreary, wet weather has put a damper on nearly everything, I came across a little bright spot to make it through. That spot….Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Preserve.  

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    Tolland spot offers peaceful setting from top of ridge to meadow below

    Tolland spot offers peaceful setting from top of ridge to meadow below

    Saturday, April 30 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-30 10:00:13 GMT
    Path leading up to top of ridgePath leading up to top of ridge

    Tolland is one of those places I’ve always enjoyed visiting – partly because of its old village feel and partly for its connection to the outdoors.  

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    Tolland is one of those places I’ve always enjoyed visiting – partly because of its old village feel and partly for its connection to the outdoors.  

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    Great Pond offers great spot for hikers

    Great Pond offers great spot for hikers

    Saturday, April 23 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-23 10:00:14 GMT

    Seventy acres of solitude greet hikers in a little corner of Glastonbury – an oasis of sorts generated by a 12-acre glacial pond called Great Pond. 

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    Seventy acres of solitude greet hikers in a little corner of Glastonbury – an oasis of sorts generated by a 12-acre glacial pond called Great Pond. 

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    Nuances of CT Trail Offer Visitors Choices

    Nuances of CT Trail Offer Visitors Choices

    Saturday, April 16 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-16 10:00:15 GMT

    A rural landscape comes to mind for those who come across the tiny town of Bozrah.  

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    A rural landscape comes to mind for those who come across the tiny town of Bozrah.  

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    Fascinating History Layered in the Rocks of a Connecticut Quarry

    Fascinating History Layered in the Rocks of a Connecticut Quarry

    Saturday, April 9 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-04-09 10:00:16 GMT
    View from atop lookoutView from atop lookout

    There's a ‘rocky hill’ that serves as the centerpiece of an interesting hike that takes people through a slice of Connecticut’s colonial and natural history. Quarry Park is part of that history – a place early settlers claimed as their own. The sweeping views of the surrounding area alone are worth the trip to the state-owned park. But, there’s so much more to it.

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    There's a ‘rocky hill’ that serves as the centerpiece of an interesting hike that takes people through a slice of Connecticut’s colonial and natural history. Quarry Park is part of that history – a place early settlers claimed as their own. The sweeping views of the surrounding area alone are worth the trip to the state-owned park. But, there’s so much more to it.

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    Reservoir Trail one of many highlights in Vast Forest

    Reservoir Trail one of many highlights in Vast Forest

    Saturday, March 26 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-03-26 10:00:13 GMT

    A wooded canopy covering 9,000 acres sits in the heart of Connecticut. Dubbed the first state forest in New England, Meshomasic Forest is spread out among three towns - Portland, East Hampton, and Glastonbury - and offers the intrepid hiker so much to see. 

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    A wooded canopy covering 9,000 acres sits in the heart of Connecticut. Dubbed the first state forest in New England, Meshomasic Forest is spread out among three towns - Portland, East Hampton, and Glastonbury - and offers the intrepid hiker so much to see. 

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    Castle Hike Attracts Visitors of All Ages

    Castle Hike Attracts Visitors of All Ages

    Saturday, March 19 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-03-19 10:00:15 GMT
    Gillette Castle in Lyme - East HaddamGillette Castle in Lyme - East Haddam

    It isn’t always easy to entertain kids of different age groups. So, when I took my kids hiking with me this time around - I wanted to make sure everyone was happy as to where we were going. Gillette Castle surely fits the bill. At 184 acres, the estate along the East Haddam – Lyme border signifies a grand statement sitting atop the southern-most hill chain known as the Seven Sisters.  

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    It isn’t always easy to entertain kids of different age groups. So, when I took my kids hiking with me this time around - I wanted to make sure everyone was happy as to where we were going. Gillette Castle surely fits the bill. At 184 acres, the estate along the East Haddam – Lyme border signifies a grand statement by Sherlock Holmes actor William Hooker Gillette.

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    Past merges with beauty of the Bluff

    Past merges with beauty of the Bluff

    Saturday, March 12 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-03-12 11:00:12 GMT
    View from atop Bluff PointView from atop Bluff Point

    The door to spring has cracked open and it's time to take full advantage of it. First up, Bluff Point State Park in Groton. It always seems to be on a top-ten list for those looking to get outdoors. So, why wait? 

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    The door to spring has cracked open and it's time to take full advantage of it. First up, Bluff Point State Park in Groton. It always seems to be on a top-ten list for those looking to get outdoors. So, why wait? 

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    Wolcott Preserve Provides Classic Woodland Escape

    Wolcott Preserve Provides Classic Woodland Escape

    Saturday, March 5 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-03-05 11:00:13 GMT
    Poems dot the trail at Finch Brook PreservePoems dot the trail at Finch Brook Preserve

    Finch Brook Preserve Wolcott In a little corner of Wolcott, there’s a place that provides people with a woodland escape just steps away from suburbia. At more than 60 acres, Finch Brook Preserve is one of those places that defines what I see as a classic hike through the woods. And, it begins, at the end of a cul-de-sac - before its seamless transition into the forest. 

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    Finch Brook Preserve Wolcott In a little corner of Wolcott, there’s a place that provides people with a woodland escape just steps away from suburbia. At more than 60 acres, Finch Brook Preserve is one of those places that defines what I see as a classic hike through the woods. And, it begins, at the end of a cul-de-sac - before its seamless transition into the forest. 

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    Hop Over to Andover for Trip on the Rail Trail

    Hop Over to Andover for Trip on the Rail Trail

    Saturday, February 27 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-02-27 11:00:17 GMT
    Small brook turned roaring river after stormSmall brook turned roaring river after storm

    After a few crazy days of wild weather, I figured a simple hike was the safest bet when it came to battling the terrain. I settled on an extension of a familiar trail that I had visited before on a September bike ride through Vernon. This time, I made a stop to the Hop River State Park Trail in Vernon in a quest to continue my trek on this once-thriving rail system.

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    After a few crazy days of wild weather, I figured a simple hike was the safest bet when it came to battling the terrain. I settled on an extension of a familiar trail that I had visited before on a September bike ride through Vernon. This time, I made a stop to the Hop River State Park Trail in Vernon in a quest to continue my trek on this once-thriving rail system.

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    Cedars reign supreme at Old Saybrook Preserve

    Cedars reign supreme at Old Saybrook Preserve

    Saturday, February 20 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-02-20 11:00:16 GMT

    With snow still clinging to the ground and temperatures bouncing back, I wanted to pick a hike with a purpose - re-energized by the dramatic changes we’ve seen these last few weeks.  

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    With snow still clinging to the ground and temperatures bouncing back, I wanted to pick a hike with a purpose - re-energized by the dramatic changes we’ve seen these last few weeks.  

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    A place to rest, reflect among Bolton's ledges

    A place to rest, reflect among Bolton's ledges

    Saturday, February 13 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-02-13 11:00:16 GMT

    Tucked away in a Bolton preserve, lies an idyllic place – a spot for the weary to rest and reflect. But first, you must make your way through a wonderful maze of wooded wetlands, ledges, and streams to get there.  

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    Tucked away in a Bolton preserve, lies an idyllic place – a spot for the weary to rest and reflect. But first, you must make your way through a wonderful maze of wooded wetlands, ledges, and streams to get there.  

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  • River Views a Worthy Companion for Hikers in Coventry

    River Views a Worthy Companion for Hikers in Coventry

    Saturday, January 30 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-01-30 11:00:16 GMT

    When I think of Coventry, I think of a town steeped in history – from its rich, rolling farmlands to its revolutionary gems such as the Nathan Hale Homestead. But, its river systems and streams have also placed this rustic wonder on the map. The Willimantic River is one such place. Now, it’s a scenic byway for hikers and paddlers alike.

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    When I think of Coventry, I think of a town steeped in history – from its rich, rolling farmlands to its revolutionary gems such as the Nathan Hale Homestead.  

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    Enchanting Forest a Lure for Hikers in All Seasons

    Enchanting Forest a Lure for Hikers in All Seasons

    Saturday, January 23 2016 9:51 PM EST2016-01-24 02:51:00 GMT
    When I set off on my hike earlier in the week, I was not looking forward to the cold, bitter temperatures. But, despite my reluctance, I bundled up in layers and faced the day. The spot? Peters Memorial Woods in Clinton.   More >

    When I set off on my hike earlier in the week, I was not looking forward to the cold, bitter temperatures. But, despite my reluctance, I bundled up in layers and faced the day. The spot? Peters Memorial Woods in Clinton.  

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    Quiet Spot Hits the Spot for Peaceful Hike

    Quiet Spot Hits the Spot for Peaceful Hike

    Saturday, January 16 2016 7:00 AM EST2016-01-16 12:00:19 GMT

    Simsbury is a town with so much hiking potential some may find it hard to choose. Most think of the iconic Heublein Tower that sits atop Talcott Mountain. And although it is a great hike, I wanted to pursue a path less traveled. In comes Wagner Woods – a property that exemplifies a rich diversity of wetlands, forest and vernal pools. 

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    Simsbury is a town with so much hiking potential some may find it hard to choose. Most think of the iconic Heublein Tower that sits atop Talcott Mountain. And although it is a great hike, I wanted to pursue a path less traveled. In comes Wagner Woods – a property that exemplifies a rich diversity of wetlands, forest and vernal pools. 

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    Hampton Retreat for Writers and Hikers Alike

    Hampton Retreat for Writers and Hikers Alike

    Monday, January 11 2016 8:03 AM EST2016-01-11 13:03:56 GMT
    Teale Homestead at SanctuaryTeale Homestead at Sanctuary

    Trail Wood in Hampton has the very elements most hikers look for. The vast trail system in this 168-acre property mixes a little bit of history with natural wonder. The Connecticut Audubon Society runs the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, the site of the Pulitzer-prize author and naturalist’s former home. The land offered much inspiration to his writings. And now it inspires others.

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    Trail Wood in Hampton has the very elements most hikers look for. The vast trail system in this 168-acre property mixes a little bit of history with natural wonder. The Connecticut Audubon Society runs the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, the site of the Pulitzer-prize author and naturalist’s former home. The land offered much inspiration to his writings. And now it inspires others.

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    The Best of...'The Trail Mix': 2015

    The Best of...'The Trail Mix': 2015

    Saturday, January 2 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-01-02 11:00:16 GMT

     From the frigid landscape of early 2015 to the mild, spring-like weather in weeks past, it has been an incredible year for those of us who clamor to get out into the great outdoors. Looking back, every daytrip I’ve taken has revealed its own unique work. But, there are always favorites ...and here is mine.

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     From the frigid landscape of early 2015 to the mild, spring-like weather in weeks past, it has been an incredible year for those of us who clamor to get out into the great outdoors. Looking back, every daytrip I’ve taken has revealed its own unique work. But, there are always favorites ...and here is mine.

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    Old Lyme Preserve Opens a Window to River Treasure

    Old Lyme Preserve Opens a Window to River Treasure

    Saturday, December 26 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-12-26 11:00:16 GMT
    View of river from Whaleback PointView of river from Whaleback Point

     The Connecticut River - New England’s largest – is a master of diversity and change. Its nuances and intricacies are highlighted many times over as the river bends and moves on its endless journey to the sound.  

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     The Connecticut River - New England’s largest – is a master of diversity and change. Its nuances and intricacies are highlighted many times over as the river bends and moves on its endless journey to the sound.  

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    Whittemore Sanctuary: It's the Journey, Not the Destination

    Whittemore Sanctuary: It's the Journey, Not the Destination

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 7:21 AM EST2015-12-22 12:21:42 GMT
    View of the bog from the bird blindView of the bog from the bird blind

    Sometimes, when I pick a place to explore, I focus on its highlights and the grand finish. And my trip to Woodbury’s Whittemore Sanctuary seemed to offer some promise for both. But, this hike was a little bit different than most after a chance meeting with a fellow hiker at the trailhead. 

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    Sometimes, when I pick a place to explore, I focus on its highlights and the grand finish. And my trip to Woodbury’s Whittemore Sanctuary seemed to offer some promise for both. But, this hike was a little bit different than most after a chance meeting with a fellow hiker at the trailhead. 

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    Local Preserve Acts as Connecticut's Own Walden Pond

    Local Preserve Acts as Connecticut's Own Walden Pond

    Saturday, December 12 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-12-12 11:00:17 GMT
    Bodman Meadow at Walden PreserveBodman Meadow at Walden Preserve
    The famed Walden Pond often evokes images of beauty, nature, and conservation. But, Connecticut has its own Walden - Walden Preserve -  tucked away in the quiet, little town of Salem. More >

    The famed Walden Pond often evokes images of beauty, nature, and conservation. But, Connecticut has its own Walden - Walden Preserve -  tucked away in the quiet, little town of Salem. 

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    Colonial Farms Offer Escape for Hikers, Families

    Colonial Farms Offer Escape for Hikers, Families

    Saturday, December 5 2015 6:30 AM EST2015-12-05 11:30:04 GMT
    North Farms in North Branford is one of those places that caters to both the avid hiker and those looking for a simple stroll through the woods. It’s not a large tract of land. But, with its three trails of varying degrees and a river to boot, it’s a nice little park to explore.More >

    North Farms in North Branford is one of those places that caters to both the avid hiker and those looking for a simple stroll through the woods. It’s not a large tract of land. But, with its three trails of varying degrees and a river to boot, it’s a nice little park to explore.

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    Rock Spring Preserve: A River Runs Through It

    Rock Spring Preserve: A River Runs Through It

    Saturday, November 28 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-11-28 11:00:14 GMT
    Little River as it flows through the preserveLittle River as it flows through the preserve
    Tucked away in the quiet town of Scotland lies a ‘little river’ that plays a big role in a woodland reserve that exists here. Literally named the Little River, this free-flowing waterway carves its way through the heart of the 450-acre Rock Spring Preserve. It’s a spot that holds great promise for a cool and rewarding hike.More >

    Tucked away in the quiet town of Scotland lies a ‘little river’ that plays a big role in a woodland reserve that exists here. Literally named the Little River, this free-flowing waterway carves its way through the heart of the 450-acre Rock Spring Preserve. It’s a spot that holds great promise for a cool and rewarding hike.

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    Hollow Hike Serves to Reconnect Visitors with the Great Outdoors

    Hollow Hike Serves to Reconnect Visitors with the Great Outdoors

    Monday, November 23 2015 6:28 AM EST2015-11-23 11:28:52 GMT
    View of Bigelow PondView of Bigelow Pond
    A huge 9,000-acre parcel of land sits in the northeastern part of the state. And within those borders lies Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. At the peak of summer, it’s a popular spot where people often visit to go fishing or picnicking. But, it’s also a great place year round to explore.More >

    A huge 9,000-acre parcel of land sits in the northeastern part of the state. And within those borders lies Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. At the peak of summer, it’s a popular spot where people often visit to go fishing or picnicking. But, it’s also a great place year round to explore.

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    Old Favorite Calls to Hikers, Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Old Favorite Calls to Hikers, Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Saturday, November 14 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-11-14 11:00:13 GMT
    I’ve hiked in forests and preserves all over the state – each time going to a different town or city to explore the natural wonders each has to offer. But, recently, while the fall colors were at its peak, I chose to visit an old favorite: Hurd Park.More >
    I’ve hiked in forests and preserves all over the state – each time going to a different town or city to explore the natural wonders each has to offer. But, recently, while the fall colors were at its peak, I chose to visit an old favorite: Hurd Park.More >
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    Meandering Hike a Window to River's Beauty

    Meandering Hike a Window to River's Beauty

    Saturday, November 7 2015 6:00 AM EST2015-11-07 11:00:15 GMT
    During the height of the fall season, Connecticut’s peaks and valleys are often quite stunning. But, a visit to the Connecticut River can be just as gratifying for hikers looking for a quieter spot by the water. Turtle Creek on the Essex-Old Saybrook line is one such place. More >
    During the height of the fall season, Connecticut’s peaks and valleys are often quite stunning. But, a visit to the Connecticut River can be just as gratifying for hikers looking for a quieter spot by the water. Turtle Creek on the Essex-Old Saybrook line is one such place. More >
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    Hiking Part of the Charm at Idyllic Connecticut Farm

    Hiking Part of the Charm at Idyllic Connecticut Farm

    Saturday, October 31 2015 6:30 AM EDT2015-10-31 10:30:10 GMT
    Parmelee Farm is a vision cut right out of an idyllic New England postcard. And its marked trails are just as vivid a reminder for visitors looking for that classic wooded hike.Two main trails weave through this 132-acre homestead in Killingworth providing hikers of any ability a hands-on adventure.More >
    Parmelee Farm is a vision cut right out of an idyllic New England postcard. And its marked trails are just as vivid a reminder for visitors looking for that classic wooded hike.Two main trails weave through this 132-acre homestead in Killingworth providing hikers of any ability a hands-on adventure.More >
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    Autumn Stunner Atop Haystack Mountain

    Autumn Stunner Atop Haystack Mountain

    Saturday, October 24 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-24 10:00:13 GMT
    Stone tower at Haystack Mt.Stone tower at Haystack Mt.
    Autumn in Connecticut is nothing less than stunning. And in the height of the season, there’s nowhere else I would rather be than in the Litchfield Hills.The red, yellow and oranges are a masterful blend that only Mother Nature can achieve. And Haystack Mountain in Norfolk looked to be the perfect spot to drink it all in.More >
    Autumn in Connecticut is nothing less than stunning. And in the height of the season, there’s nowhere else I would rather be than in the Litchfield Hills.The red, yellow and oranges are a masterful blend that only Mother Nature can achieve. And Haystack Mountain in Norfolk looked to be the perfect spot to drink it all in.More >
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    Caves Call to Hikers of Seymour Park

    Caves Call to Hikers of Seymour Park

    Sunday, October 18 2015 4:42 AM EDT2015-10-18 08:42:51 GMT
    One of many caves at Seymour parkOne of many caves at Seymour park
    Of all the hikes I’ve gone on, I never quite imagined I’d be writing about my encounter with an ancient coral reef.  But, that’s what once existed in the middle of what’s now Little Laurel Lime Park in Seymour. More >
    Of all the hikes I’ve gone on, I never quite imagined I’d be writing about my encounter with an ancient coral reef.  But, that’s what once existed in the middle of what’s now Little Laurel Lime Park in Seymour. More >
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    Call of the Wild in Franklin Hike

    Call of the Wild in Franklin Hike

    Saturday, October 10 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-10 10:00:15 GMT
    White Trail climb at Ayers GapWhite Trail climb at Ayers Gap
    The call of the wild beckons in the town of Franklin.  Alongside a rural road sits Ayers Gap – an 80-acre reserve that truly captures what a New England landscape can offer. From the start, the hike is a challenge. Intimidating? Yes. But, it did look fun to conquer.More >
    The call of the wild beckons in the town of Franklin.  Alongside a rural road sits Ayers Gap – an 80-acre reserve that truly captures what a New England landscape can offer. From the start, the hike is a challenge. Intimidating? Yes. But, it did look fun to conquer.More >
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    Putnam's River Trails: A Tale of Two Cities

    Putnam's River Trails: A Tale of Two Cities

    Saturday, October 3 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-10-03 10:00:16 GMT
    View of Cargill Mill in PutnamView of Cargill Mill in Putnam
    Traveling to Putnam in the ‘quiet corner’ of northeastern Connecticut, I came across two river trails to explore. The Putnam River Trail is a winding asphalt trail that gently dips in and out of riverside parks.  While, the River Mills Heritage Trail highlights the area’s rustic history and lies in the heart of downtown.More >
    Traveling to Putnam in the ‘quiet corner’ of northeastern Connecticut, I came across two river trails to explore. The Putnam River Trail is a winding asphalt trail that gently dips in and out of riverside parks.  While, the River Mills Heritage Trail highlights the area’s rustic history and lies in the heart of downtown.More >
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    From Iconic Bridge to Woodland Retreat, Salmon River Forest Has It All

    From Iconic Bridge to Woodland Retreat, Salmon River Forest Has It All

    Saturday, September 26 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-09-26 10:00:16 GMT
    Comstock Bridge at Salmon River State ParkComstock Bridge at Salmon River State Park
    The Salmon River State Forest is 6,000 acres of pristine forest that touches five Connecticut towns.  But, its waterway – the Salmon River – and its iconic covered bridge, is what draws all the attention. And that's where my journey begins. More >
    The Salmon River State Forest is 6,000 acres of pristine forest that touches five Connecticut towns.  But, its waterway – the Salmon River – and its iconic covered bridge, is what draws all the attention. And that's where my journey begins. More >
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    Hop River Trail Worthy Retreat for Hikers, Bikers Alike

    Hop River Trail Worthy Retreat for Hikers, Bikers Alike

    Thursday, September 24 2015 9:23 AM EDT2015-09-24 13:23:15 GMT
    “Riding the rails” on Connecticut’s historic train routes takes on a whole new meaning when seeking outdoor adventure.   That adventure starts on the Hop River State Park - a linear trail that cuts through six towns - and calls to hikers and bicyclists alike.More >
    “Riding the rails” on Connecticut’s historic train routes takes on a whole new meaning when seeking outdoor adventure.   That adventure starts on the Hop River State Park - a linear trail that cuts through six towns - and calls to hikers and bicyclists alike.More >
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    Island on the Thames: A Hidden Eden to Explore

    Island on the Thames: A Hidden Eden to Explore

    Saturday, September 19 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-09-19 10:00:12 GMT
    Swans along Mamacoke Island in WaterfordSwans along Mamacoke Island in Waterford
    Covered in hardwood forest and nestled between two coves sits a sliver of land that juts out into the Thames River in Waterford.  It’s known as Mamacoke Island and serves a special purpose – one of conservation and natural wonder that all can enjoy.More >
    Covered in hardwood forest and nestled between two coves sits a sliver of land that juts out into the Thames River in Waterford.  It’s known as Mamacoke Island and serves a special purpose – one of conservation and natural wonder that all can enjoy.More >
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    Protecting the Tranquility of a Lyme Preserve

    Protecting the Tranquility of a Lyme Preserve

    Saturday, September 5 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-09-05 13:00:18 GMT
    A reflective hike in the woods with a scenic waterway to top off the journey – doesn’t get better than that, right?  It seems many of the pristine places protected in Connecticut have a little of both and Banningwood Preserve in the Hadlyme section of Lyme is no exception.More >
    A reflective hike in the woods with a scenic waterway to top off the journey – doesn’t get better than that, right?  It seems many of the pristine places protected in Connecticut have a little of both and Banningwood Preserve in the Hadlyme section of Lyme is no exception.More >
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    Canal Trail Connects the Past to the Present

    Canal Trail Connects the Past to the Present

    Saturday, August 29 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-08-29 10:00:17 GMT
    Biking on the Windsor Locks Canal TrailBiking on the Windsor Locks Canal Trail
    Tucked behind the ruins of an abandoned factory, The Windsor Locks Canal State Park is a linear trail that traces the area’s farming and industrial roots back to the 1800s. Its paved surface draws a flurry of walkers and bicyclists along its 4.5-mile trek from Windsor Locks to Suffield.More >
    Tucked behind the ruins of an abandoned factory, The Windsor Locks Canal State Park is a linear trail that traces the area’s farming and industrial roots back to the 1800s. Its paved surface draws a flurry of walkers and bicyclists along its 4.5-mile trek from Windsor Locks to Suffield.More >
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    Hikers in for a Treat at Famed Falls

    Hikers in for a Treat at Famed Falls

    Saturday, August 22 2015 7:59 AM EDT2015-08-22 11:59:33 GMT
    Kent Falls is perhaps one of the most famed waterfalls in the state.  Its majestic 70-foot height drops in a dramatic plunge that captures the attention of thousands of visitors every year.  It’s been years since my last visit, so the time seemed right to introduce this Connecticut gem to my own family.More >
    Kent Falls is perhaps one of the most famed waterfalls in the state.  Its majestic 70-foot height drops in a dramatic plunge that captures the attention of thousands of visitors every year.  It’s been years since my last visit, so the time seemed right to introduce this Connecticut gem to my own family.More >
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    Hike at Popular Park Renews, Relaxes

    Hike at Popular Park Renews, Relaxes

    Saturday, August 15 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-08-15 13:00:15 GMT
    Scaling a mountain or hiking up a waterfall – does have its perks.  But, sometimes just a simple trek around a scenic pond is exactly the right amount R & R one needs to get through the day. Millers Pond State Park in Durham is the ideal spot to make that happen.More >
    Scaling a mountain or hiking up a waterfall – does have its perks.  But, sometimes just a simple trek around a scenic pond is exactly the right amount R & R one needs to get through the day. Millers Pond State Park in Durham is the ideal spot to make that happen.More >
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    Devil's Den Preserve a Temptation to Explore

    Devil's Den Preserve a Temptation to Explore

    Saturday, August 8 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-08-08 13:00:16 GMT
    Great Ledge at Devil's Den PreserveGreat Ledge at Devil's Den Preserve
    The devil is in the details.  Something to consider when visiting Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston - one of the largest contiguous nature preserves in the state. Covering more than 1,700 acres – there are plenty of details to explore.  And, there lies the problem - but no doubt - it's a good one to have.More >
    The devil is in the details.  Something to consider when visiting Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston - one of the largest contiguous nature preserves in the state. Covering more than 1,700 acres – there are plenty of details to explore.  And, there lies the problem - but no doubt - it's a good one to have.More >
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    Shoreline Spot Acts as Sanctuary for Majestic Birds

    Shoreline Spot Acts as Sanctuary for Majestic Birds

    Saturday, August 1 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-08-01 13:00:13 GMT
    Osprey perches above marshOsprey perches above marsh
    Ospreys, eagles and egrets aren’t your everyday backyard visitors.  But, if you live on the cusp of Farm River State Park, they very well may be.The East Haven preserve is small, but its very existence is a picture-perfect snapshot of a true coastal ecology and a perfect place to explore.More >
    Ospreys, eagles and egrets aren’t your everyday backyard visitors.  But, if you live on the cusp of Farm River State Park, they very well may be.The East Haven preserve is small, but its very existence is a picture-perfect snapshot of a true coastal ecology and a perfect place to explore.More >
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    Double Dose of Treasures for Hikers at Mansfield Preserves

    Double Dose of Treasures for Hikers at Mansfield Preserves

    Saturday, July 25 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    Wolf Rock sits perched atop 40-foot dropWolf Rock sits perched atop 40-foot drop
    A trip to two adjacent preserves in Mansfield offers a double dose of treasures for the casual hiker.  From Wolf Rock to Sawmill Brook Preserve, these protected landscapes capture far-reaching vistas and close-ups with nature that aren't always easy to find.More >
    A trip to two adjacent preserves in Mansfield offers a double dose of treasures for the casual hiker.  From Wolf Rock to Sawmill Brook Preserve, these protected landscapes capture far-reaching vistas and close-ups with nature that aren't always easy to find.More >
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    Exploring Bristol's Quiet Side in Wooded Hike

    Exploring Bristol's Quiet Side in Wooded Hike

    Saturday, July 18 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-07-18 13:00:13 GMT
    Brook along blue trail in BristolBrook along blue trail in Bristol
    Cliff walks and panoramic views are always a big draw for hikers looking for a challenge. But, sometimes its the simplest and quietest of walks that are the best remedy to carry folks through the day. In Bristol, lies a network of trails that does just that.  More >
    Cliff walks and panoramic views are always a big draw for hikers looking for a challenge. But, sometimes its the simplest and quietest of walks that are the best remedy to carry folks through the day. In Bristol, lies a network of trails that does just that.  More >
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    Nature Rebounds in this Plainville Preserve

    Nature Rebounds in this Plainville Preserve

    Monday, July 13 2015 6:51 AM EDT2015-07-13 10:51:16 GMT
    Pond at Tomasso Nature ParkPond at Tomasso Nature Park
    It's a little park - its entrance tucked away in the back of a public works garage. But don't be fooled - Tomasso Nature Park in Plainville packs a punch despite its small size.The park was created in 1989 as part of a mitigation project to restore lost wetlands. And, its existence has allowed for abundant plant and wildlife to rebound - quite a bonus for the average naturalist.More >
    It's a little park - its entrance tucked away in the back of a public works garage. But don't be fooled - Tomasso Nature Park in Plainville packs a punch despite its small size.The park was created in 1989 as part of a mitigation project to restore lost wetlands. And, its existence has allowed for abundant plant and wildlife to rebound - quite a bonus for the average naturalist.More >
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    Waterfalls Abound at Enders in Granby

    Waterfalls Abound at Enders in Granby

    Saturday, July 4 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-07-04 12:00:15 GMT
    Sometimes the shortest of hikes are often the most dramatic. And on this particular trip to Enders State Forest in Granby,  I couldn't wait to find out.  The forest highlights a series of waterfalls that are said to be among the best in the state.  And, that much is true.More >
    Sometimes the shortest of hikes are often the most dramatic. And on this particular trip to Enders State Forest in Granby,  I couldn't wait to find out.  The forest highlights a series of waterfalls that are said to be among the best in the state.  And, that much is true.More >
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    Cool Views from the Water at Burr Pond

    Cool Views from the Water at Burr Pond

    Friday, July 3 2015 8:04 AM EDT2015-07-03 12:04:15 GMT
    Sometimes, there is nothing better than hiking the great outdoors. But, breaking routine is just as important. At Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, trails and water converge to offer visitors a lot to do. But, it's the chance to kayak these waters that really caught my eye. More >
    Sometimes, there is nothing better than hiking the great outdoors. But, breaking routine is just as important. At Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, trails and water converge to offer visitors a lot to do. But, it's the chance to kayak these waters that really caught my eye. More >
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    From Lake to Mountain, Southington Spot is Beacon for Hikers

    From Lake to Mountain, Southington Spot is Beacon for Hikers

    Friday, July 3 2015 8:03 AM EDT2015-07-03 12:03:40 GMT
    View of Crescent Lake from mountain topView of Crescent Lake from mountain top
    From lakeside to hillside, Crescent Lake in Southington stands as a beacon for anglers and hikers alike.The 223-acre site sits on the cusp of Bradley Mountain. Several trails meander through the property. But, it was a combination of paths that vowed shoreline views and a mountain top vista that attracted us to this Connecticut hot spot.More >
    From lakeside to hillside, Crescent Lake in Southington stands as a beacon for anglers and hikers alike.The 223-acre site sits on the cusp of Bradley Mountain. Several trails meander through the property. But, it was a combination of paths that vowed shoreline views and a mountain top vista that attracted us to this Connecticut hot spot.More >
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    Mountain Hike Hits the Spot at New Hartford Preserve

    Mountain Hike Hits the Spot at New Hartford Preserve

    Friday, July 3 2015 8:02 AM EDT2015-07-03 12:02:59 GMT
    View from the 'bare spot' at Jones MountainView from the 'bare spot' at Jones Mountain
    A lush and green wonderland.  It's the first thing that comes to mind upon entering Jones Mountain Open Space Preserve in New Hartford.  From towering trees to moss-covered stones, it is 158 acres of pure magic. As I entered the forest with my dog Sampson, the light rain falling this morning was a true compliment to such a lush landscape.More >
    A lush and green wonderland.  It's the first thing that comes to mind upon entering Jones Mountain Open Space Preserve in New Hartford.  From towering trees to moss-covered stones, it is 158 acres of pure magic. As I entered the forest with my dog Sampson, the light rain falling this morning was a true compliment to such a lush landscape.More >
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    Bloomfield Hike Impresses with Cliffside Views, Highlights CT Trails Weekend

    Bloomfield Hike Impresses with Cliffside Views, Highlights CT Trails Weekend

    Saturday, May 30 2015 8:00 AM EDT2015-05-30 12:00:13 GMT
    View from pinnacle at Penwood State ForestView from pinnacle at Penwood State Forest
    It's Connecticut Trails Weekend and I wanted to try out first hand one of the more than 220 outdoor spots being highlighted in this two-day extravaganza. Penwood State Forest caught my eye - an 800-acre forest complete with lakes, trees, and an impressive pinnacle that offers a view like no other.More >
    It's Connecticut Trails Weekend and I wanted to try out first hand one of the more than 220 outdoor spots being highlighted in this two-day extravaganza. Penwood State Forest caught my eye - an 800-acre forest complete with lakes, trees, and an impressive pinnacle that offers a view like no other.
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    Trails at West Rock Offer More than Just Views

    Trails at West Rock Offer More than Just Views

    Thursday, May 28 2015 7:55 AM EDT2015-05-28 11:55:19 GMT
    View of Lake Wintergreen from the trailView of Lake Wintergreen from the trail
    West Rock Ridge State Park stands as the state's second largest park with more than 1,700 acres spanning four towns – Hamden, Bethany, Woodbridge, and New Haven.  More >
    West Rock Ridge State Park stands as the state's second largest park with more than 1,700 acres spanning four towns – Hamden, Bethany, Woodbridge, and New Haven.  
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    History and Nature Beckon Along Lebanon Trail

    History and Nature Beckon Along Lebanon Trail

    Saturday, May 16 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-05-16 13:00:16 GMT
    Among the rolling hills and scenic farmland of Lebanon sits a 135-acre preserve tucked away in an idyllic Connecticut landscape.  It's called the Pigeon Swamp Preserve and offers visitors the chance to explore not only nature, but some history as well.More >
    Among the rolling hills and scenic farmland of Lebanon sits a 135-acre preserve tucked away in an idyllic Connecticut landscape.  It's called the Pigeon Swamp Preserve and offers visitors the chance to explore not only nature, but some history as well.More >
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    Falls a Hidden Jewel within Plymouth Forest

    Falls a Hidden Jewel within Plymouth Forest

    Saturday, May 9 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-05-09 13:00:16 GMT
    It may be one of the shortest hikes you'll ever take, but it could be one of the sweetest.   Buttermilk Falls in Plymouth is a shining jewel shrouded among a canopy of trees. Located in the Terryville section of town, the 60-foot height promises to dazzle the every day hiker.More >
    It may be one of the shortest hikes you'll ever take, but it could be one of the sweetest.   Buttermilk Falls in Plymouth is a shining jewel shrouded among a canopy of trees. Located in the Terryville section of town, the 60-foot height promises to dazzle the every day hiker.More >
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    State Reserve Offers Hikers, Boaters Peaceful Setting

    State Reserve Offers Hikers, Boaters Peaceful Setting

    Friday, May 8 2015 7:55 AM EDT2015-05-08 11:55:54 GMT
    Tucked among the bucolic setting of Columbia's farmland and down a winding residential road, sits Mono Pond State Park Reserve. It's a wonderfully quiet place that can offer hikers and other visitors a sense of solitude and peace. More >
    Tucked among the bucolic setting of Columbia's farmland and down a winding residential road, sits Mono Pond State Park Reserve. It's a wonderfully quiet place that can offer hikers and other visitors a sense of solitude and peace. More >
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    Relish in the Quiet of Chester Hike

    Relish in the Quiet of Chester Hike

    Friday, May 8 2015 7:42 AM EDT2015-05-08 11:42:05 GMT
    Spring is taking hold and the itch to get outdoors is overwhelming.  I took the challenge on my mid-week hike and headed to the Cockaponset State Forest in Chester. And it didn't disappoint.More >
    Spring is taking hold and the itch to get outdoors is overwhelming.  I took the challenge on my mid-week hike and headed to the Cockaponset State Forest in Chester. And it didn't disappoint.More >
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    Forest Hike in Harwinton Packed with Potential

    Forest Hike in Harwinton Packed with Potential

    Friday, April 17 2015 7:46 PM EDT2015-04-17 23:46:00 GMT
    Forever Forest (HarwintonLandTrust.org)Forever Forest (HarwintonLandTrust.org)
    Small in size but packed with potential, Forever Forest in Harwinton offers hikers of all ages a chance to explore the outdoors with ease.This 12-acre swath of land owned by the Harwinton Land Trust consists of a few different trails and offers a wide variety of landscapes to see. More >
    Small in size but packed with potential, Forever Forest in Harwinton offers hikers of all ages a chance to explore the outdoors with ease.This 12-acre swath of land owned by the Harwinton Land Trust consists of a few different trails and offers a wide variety of landscapes to see. More >
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    Small Grove Offers Scenic Hike Through Shoreline Woods

    Small Grove Offers Scenic Hike Through Shoreline Woods

    Saturday, April 11 2015 11:00 AM EDT2015-04-11 15:00:15 GMT
    Nestled at the end of a quiet street in the shoreline town of East Lyme, sits an unassuming parcel of land most would never know exists. But, the 22-acre park known as Raven's Woods is a great find for the casual hiker, walker and even bicyclist. More >
    Nestled at the end of a quiet street in the shoreline town of East Lyme, sits an unassuming parcel of land most would never know exists. But, the 22-acre park known as Raven's Woods is a great find for the casual hiker, walker and even bicyclist. More >
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    Farmington Hike Draws Visitors into Curious Past

    Farmington Hike Draws Visitors into Curious Past

    Saturday, April 4 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-04-04 13:00:14 GMT
    My morning trek to Farmington was truly a gem. The Shade Swamp Sanctuary is an 800-acre parcel of land that offers two trails, the White and Blue, both with their own unique vantage points. I chose the Blue Trail – a 1.5-mile trek through the woods and swamp that lie beyond.More >
    My morning trek to Farmington was truly a gem. The Shade Swamp Sanctuary is an 800-acre parcel of land that offers two trails, the White and Blue, both with their own unique vantage points. I chose the Blue Trail – a 1.5-mile trek through the woods and swamp that lie beyond.
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    Sanctuary in South Windsor Offers Beautiful View

    Sanctuary in South Windsor Offers Beautiful View

    Saturday, March 28 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-03-28 13:00:15 GMT
    South Windsor Wildlife SanctuarySouth WindsorIt's spring, right? The way this year's been going, I just can't be so sure.  More >
    South Windsor Wildlife SanctuarySouth WindsorIt's spring, right? The way this year's been going, I just can't be so sure.  More >
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    Snowy Trail in Marlborough Worth the Trouble

    Snowy Trail in Marlborough Worth the Trouble

    Saturday, March 21 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-03-21 13:00:19 GMT
    Sometimes even the simplest of trails can be the most challenging. It certainly was the case in Marlborough, where an out-of-the-way trail system exists behind the elementary school there. More >
    Sometimes even the simplest of trails can be the most challenging. It certainly was the case in Marlborough, where an out-of-the-way trail system exists behind the elementary school there. More >
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    Hike at Hammonasset a Vivid Reminder of Spring

    Hike at Hammonasset a Vivid Reminder of Spring

    Saturday, March 14 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-03-14 13:00:14 GMT
    For the first time in weeks – with temperatures soaring into the 40s - I was just itching to get outside for a hike with the kids. So, I figured I could entice them with promises of a ‘beach day' at Hammonasset Beach in Madison.More >
    For the first time in weeks – with temperatures soaring into the 40s - I was just itching to get outside for a hike with the kids. So, I figured I could entice them with promises of a ‘beach day' at Hammonasset Beach in Madison.
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    Shoreline Trail Offers Hikers Ever-Changing Landscape

    Shoreline Trail Offers Hikers Ever-Changing Landscape

    Saturday, February 28 2015 9:00 AM EST2015-02-28 14:00:16 GMT
     A trip to the Connecticut shoreline evokes thoughts of summer on the beach with its warm sand and cool breezes. In the winter, the landscape is drastically different. But, a Branford hike through a coastal harbor and its marshes can still provide hints of what's to come.More >
     A trip to the Connecticut shoreline evokes thoughts of summer on the beach with its warm sand and cool breezes. In the winter, the landscape is drastically different. But, a Branford hike through a coastal harbor and its marshes can still provide hints of what's to come.More >
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    Canal Trail Serves as Winter Haven for Hikers

    Canal Trail Serves as Winter Haven for Hikers

    Thursday, February 19 2015 3:35 PM EST2015-02-19 20:35:31 GMT
    After being battered by constant snow storms, it's getting harder to find a trail accessible to those of us that rely only on our hiking boots. But, those paths do exist, and the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Cheshire is one of them. More >
    After being battered by constant snow storms, it's getting harder to find a trail accessible to those of us that rely only on our hiking boots. But, those paths do exist, and the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Cheshire is one of them. 
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    Wallingford Hike Perfect for All Seasons

    Wallingford Hike Perfect for All Seasons

    Saturday, February 7 2015 9:00 AM EST2015-02-07 14:00:19 GMT
    We headed to Wallingford to tackle the Quinnipiac Linear Trail. It's a path I've explored before.  Now, with a blanket of snow, its landscape was transformed - offering a new look at some familiar gems.More >
    We headed to Wallingford to tackle the Quinnipiac Linear Trail. It's a path I've explored before.  Now, with a blanket of snow, its landscape was transformed - offering a new look at some familiar gems.More >
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    Hike Through Shoreline Preserve Holds Hidden Gems

    Hike Through Shoreline Preserve Holds Hidden Gems

    Saturday, January 31 2015 9:00 AM EST2015-01-31 14:00:19 GMT
    Connecticut's shores are a big draw for many of us who call this state home. But, the shoreline town of Guilford has its own unique pull for folks looking to connect to the outdoors.More >
    Connecticut's shores are a big draw for many of us who call this state home. But, the shoreline town of Guilford has its own unique pull for folks looking to connect to the outdoors.More >
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    Reservoir Trails Beckon Hikers in All Seasons

    Reservoir Trails Beckon Hikers in All Seasons

    Saturday, January 17 2015 9:00 AM EST2015-01-17 14:00:19 GMT
    Reservoir #5 seen from Yellow TrailReservoir #5 seen from Yellow Trail
    These are the very elements that greeted me for my morning hike at the West Hartford Reservoirs. It's what can be expected here in Connecticut.More >
    These are the very elements that greeted me for my morning hike at the West Hartford Reservoirs. It's what can be expected here in Connecticut.
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    Santa Visit at Enchanting Park Offers Trail Detour

    Santa Visit at Enchanting Park Offers Trail Detour

    Saturday, December 20 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-12-20 14:00:16 GMT
    It's not every day a visit with Santa turns into a walk in the park. But, that's exactly what happened for myself and my family at Manchester's Wickham Park.More >
    It's not every day a visit with Santa turns into a walk in the park. But, that's exactly what happened for myself and my family at Manchester's Wickham Park.
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    Air Line Trail Offers Variety for Hikers, Bicyclists Alike

    Air Line Trail Offers Variety for Hikers, Bicyclists Alike

    Saturday, December 13 2014 8:02 PM EST2014-12-14 01:02:08 GMT
    Icicles cover the rock face along the Air Line TrailIcicles cover the rock face along the Air Line Trail
    It doesn't matter if it's the dead of winter or at the peak of summer, The Air Line Trail that runs from East Hampton through Thompson has a little something for outdoor enthusiasts of all types.More >
    It doesn't matter if it's the dead of winter or at the peak of summer, The Air Line Trail that runs from East Hampton through Thompson has a little something for outdoor enthusiasts of all types.More >
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    Windsor Park Offers Wide Variety for Hikers

    Windsor Park Offers Wide Variety for Hikers

    Saturday, November 29 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-11-29 14:00:17 GMT
    Pond Along Trail at Windsor’s Northwest ParkPond Along Trail at Windsor’s Northwest Park
    If you are searching for a hike that has a little bit of everything, check out Northwest Park in Windsor. Its animal barn and nature center are staples for the large droves of children that come here for educational programs and camps. But beyond the barn buildings and outdoor pavilion lie several miles of trails that intersect with a variety of landscapes that offer choices for the casual hiker.More >
    If you are searching for a hike that has a little bit of everything, check out Northwest Park in Windsor. Its animal barn and nature center are staples for the large droves of children that come here for educational programs and camps. But beyond the barn buildings and outdoor pavilion lie several miles of trails that intersect with a variety of landscapes that offer choices for the casual hiker.More >
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    Cromwell Park Offers Scenic Cliff Walk by River's Edge

    Cromwell Park Offers Scenic Cliff Walk by River's Edge

    Saturday, November 15 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-11-15 14:00:20 GMT
    View of Connecticut River from River Highlands ParkView of Connecticut River from River Highlands Park
    It's not the first place you think of when you're looking for a cliff walk along the river's edge.But, at River Highlands State Park in Cromwell, you'll find it. More >
    It's not the first place you think of when you're looking for a cliff walk along the river's edge.But, at River Highlands State Park in Cromwell, you'll find it. More >
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    Mountain Trail Offers Stunning View in Newington

    Mountain Trail Offers Stunning View in Newington

    Sunday, November 9 2014 8:30 AM EST2014-11-09 13:30:16 GMT
    It's an out-of-the-way trail that many may not be aware of. But, the views from the top make this trip to Newington worthwhile. The Old Cedar Mountain Highway is only about a half mile in length, but it packs a good punch. It's part of the Cedar Mountain-Balf Park Ridgeline Vista Trail, one of four corridors belonging to the Newington Greenway System.More >
    It's an out-of-the-way trail that many may not be aware of. But, the views from the top make this trip to Newington worthwhile. More >
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    Dividend Pond in Rocky Hill steps hikers back in time

    Dividend Pond in Rocky Hill steps hikers back in time

    Saturday, November 1 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-11-01 13:00:16 GMT
    Waterfall at Dividend PondsWaterfall at Dividend Ponds
    Connecticut is steeped in history and there is no clearer vision of this than at Dividend Pond Trails and Archaeological District in Rocky Hill. Located off of Old Forge Road, it is an ideal spot to explore the wooded 68-acre parcel which includes two ponds, trails, and industrial relics harkening as far back as the 1600s.More >
    Connecticut is steeped in history and there is no clearer vision of this than at Dividend Pond Trails and Archaeological District in Rocky Hill. Located off of Old Forge Road, it is an ideal spot to explore the wooded 68-acre parcel which includes two ponds, trails, and industrial relics harkening as far back as the 1600s.More >
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    Riverfront Park in Portland Offers Hikers a Brief Escape

    Riverfront Park in Portland Offers Hikers a Brief Escape

    Saturday, October 25 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-10-25 15:31:12 GMT
    Brownstones dot the landscape of Portland’s parkBrownstones dot the landscape of Portland’s park

    Sometimes just taking a break from the hustle of our busy lives is enough incentive to head outdoors.And I found a brisk trek along the Connecticut River in Portland is all it took.With only 30-minutes to burn, I headed out one morning to Portland's Riverfront Park.

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    Sometimes just taking a break from the hustle of our busy lives is enough incentive to head outdoors.And I found a brisk trek along the Connecticut River in Portland is all it took.With only 30-minutes to burn, I headed out one morning to Portland's Riverfront Park.

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    Hiking the Banks of the Scantic River in East Windsor

    Hiking the Banks of the Scantic River in East Windsor

    Saturday, October 18 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-10-18 04:01:51 GMT
    Tucked away at the end of a dead-end street in East Windsor sits the entrance to a vast and wooded landscape. Known as the Scantic River State Park, it sits along a picturesque river and covers about 784 acres of land.

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    Tucked away at the end of a dead-end street in East Windsor sits the entrance to a vast and wooded landscape. Known as the Scantic River State Park, it sits along a picturesque river and covers about 784 acres of land.


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    Hike to Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury Worth the Trip

    Hike to Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury Worth the Trip

    Saturday, October 11 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-10-11 16:00:17 GMT
    The crisp, cool air and the brilliant colors of fall now dotting the Connecticut landscape are beacons for any hiker wanting to explore. So, on this particular trip, my family and I headed to Glastonbury where the promise of a waterfall and some fall foliage were justification enough to hit the road.More >
    The crisp, cool air and the brilliant colors of fall now dotting the Connecticut landscape are beacons for any hiker wanting to explore. So, on this particular trip, my family and I headed to Glastonbury where the promise of a waterfall and some fall foliage were justification enough to hit the road.More >
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    On the Farmington River in Autumn

    On the Farmington River in Autumn

    Saturday, October 4 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-10-04 13:00:21 GMT
    Kayaking on the Farmington RiverKayaking on the Farmington River
    It's hard not to be drawn in by the beautiful colors of fall.  So, hiking during this time of year is always a plus. But, it's also a great time to hit the water.  And, the Farmington River is the perfect spot.  More >
    It's hard not to be drawn in by the beautiful colors of fall.  So, hiking during this time of year is always a plus. But, it's also a great time to hit the water.  And, the Farmington River is the perfect spot.  More >
  • Who's the author of The Trail Mix?

    Who's the author of The Trail Mix?

    Thursday, October 2 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-10-02 19:03:20 GMT
    Janet S. Lopes is a wife and mother of two living in Connecticut and the author of outdoor adventure blog, The Trail Mix. More >
    Janet S. Lopes is a wife and mother of two living in Connecticut and the author of outdoor adventure blog, The Trail Mix. More >
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    Path to the past along Middletown's Perimeter Trail

    Path to the past along Middletown's Perimeter Trail

    Saturday, September 27 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-09-27 16:00:14 GMT
     
    On any given day, a trip to the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown is a treat. But, to explore the trails that encircle this 103-acre property is just as rewarding.  Today, we take you to the Long Hill Estate and the Perimeter Trail.
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    On any given day, a trip to the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown is a treat. But, to explore the trails that encircle this 103-acre property is just as rewarding.  Today, we take you to the Long Hill Estate and the Perimeter Trail.

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    Exploring the Swan Hill Trail in Higganum

    Exploring the Swan Hill Trail in Higganum

    Saturday, September 20 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-09-20 10:00:14 GMT
    There are countless trails that weave through Connecticut. So, it's difficult to pick any which one to start with.
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    There are countless trails that weave through Connecticut. So, it's difficult to pick any which one to start with.
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