The Best Hiking Trails for Kids in Connecticut

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By Lisa M. Smith on June 24, 2011, 12:00am Last modified: November 15, 2012, 10:26am

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Your kid comes to you one day as you’re munching on chips and asks for help in getting some type of Scout badge that involves hiking. As you look down at the spare tire around your midsection from winter hibernation, you figure a nice long hike might not be such a bad idea. But what’s the best trail for you and your kid to sweat over and complain about for a weekend afternoon? Below are a few kid-friendly trails to consider. The Audubon Center in Greenwich Trail – Greenwich, CT Season: February to October This 295-acre sanctuary, which houses the first environmental education center in the United States, has seven miles of trails that lead to forestland, a lake, streams, and vernal ponds. Trail map Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve – Groton, CT Season: Year round This park juts out into Long Island Sound; a peninsula sandwiched between Poquonnock River and Mumford Cove. You may see a Cessna or puddle jumper occasionally fly overhead as Groton/New London Airport is close by. Trail map Devil’s Hopyard State Park Trail – East Haddam, CT Season: April to October May tales have been told about this park, but rest assured the devil is nowhere in sight so save your holy water for another occasion. Two hiking trails along a bubbling stream are available according to your skill level. Trail map Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail – Pomfret, CT Season: April to November The name Mashamoquet is Native American for “good fishing” (stream fishing, anyone?). The region, once the stomping ground of Mohegan Chief Uncas, is split into three parks: the original Mashamoquet Brook, Wolf Den, and Saptree Run. Trail map American Legion and People’s State Forest, Jessie Gerard Trail – Barkhamsted, CT Season: April to October Peep the Barkhamsted Lighthouse as you start your hike at what was once an old Native American settlement. While the right trail fork goes through the lighthouse, the left trail fork climbs to overlooks by 299 stone steps. Guaranteed to have the best views in the state. Trail map Sleeping Giant State Park – Hamden, CT Season: April to November When viewed at a distance, one can see the sleeping figure of a really big dude. But once inside the park, the 1 ½ mile trail will lead you to scenic views of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area at the peak of Mt. Carmel. Trail map

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Lisa M. Smith

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