5 trails you need to hike this winter in CT

   Winter in Connecticut can be a frigid, snowy time, but it can also be one of the most beautiful seasons the northeast has to offer.  If you enjoy the outdoors and what the winter scenery CT has to offer you you need to hike these 5 trails this winter season throughout the state. 

1. Devil's Hopyard State Park

Devil's Hopyard State Park is a public recreation area located in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut.  The 1,000-acre state park includes facilities for hiking, fishing, bicycling, and camping.  It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  The principal feature of the park, Chapman Falls, drops more than 60 feet over a series of steps in a Scotland schist stone formation.

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Flickr/walker_bc

2. Bluff Point State Park

Bluff Point State Park is a public recreation area and nature preserve on an undeveloped peninsula located between the Poquonnock River and Mumford Cove on Long Island Sound in the town of Groton, Connecticut.  The state park's 806 acres encompass a barrier beach, steep cliffs, forested sections, and tidal wetlands; 778 acres are designated as a coastal reserve.  Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, boating, saltwater fishing, and shell fishing.  The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  The park is also notable for bird watching; over 200 species have been seen at the site.

  Flickr/CJ Oliver

Flickr/CJ Oliver

3. Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls State Park is a public recreation area located in the town of Kent, Connecticut, within the Litchfield Hills region of the southern Berkshires.  The state Park is home to Kent Falls, a series of waterfalls on Falls Brook, a tributary of the Housatonic River.  The falls drop 250 feet in under a quarter mile.  The largest cascade drops more than 70 feet into a reflecting pool, before traveling over the lesser falls.  The park has a replica of a covered bridge that allows visitors to cross the brook and access the falls.  In addition to its scenery, the park offers hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

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  TripAdvisor/pmccoy505

4. Meshomasic State Forest

The Meshomasic State Forest is located in East Hampton, Portland, and Marlborough, Connecticut, with smaller sections located in Glastonbury and Hebron.  It is popular for mountain biking, hiking, and hunting.  The Shenipsit Trail, which is blue-blazed, maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, runs North-South through Connecticut ending in the Meshomasic State Forest on Gadpouch Road.  The trail runs along a ridge in the southern part of the forest where there are several vistas overlooking the Connecticut River, nearby Middletown, and the surrounding forest.

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www.lsstudios.us/blog/mesh

5. Wadsworth Falls State Park

Wadsworth Falls State Park, or simply Wadsworth Falls, is a public recreation and preserved natural area located on the Coginchaug River in the towns of Middletown and Middlefield.  The park's 285 acres offer trails, fishing, swimming, and picnicking.  It is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

  www.stateparks.com

www.stateparks.com

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