Hike the Connecticut portion of the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Maine to Georgia and is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Fifty one scenic miles of that footpath cross the northwest corner of Connecticut and are traveled by thru-hikers, section hikers and local day hikers alike. Thru-hikers are attempting to travel the entire 2,190 mile journey in one long trip. This typically takes 5 – 7 months but has recently been completed in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes by ultramarathoner Scott Jurek. He averaged almost 50 miles a day and had a support crew that carried most of his gear and food. Section hikers divide the trail into sections and hike one section at a time often trying to connect the dots and eventually hike the entire trail. Day hikers may jump on the trail at the many trailheads or via spur trails and enjoy a day in the woods.
The Connecticut portion of the AT climb up and down some of Connecticut’s highest peaks and provides stunning vistas and panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley and the surrounding countryside. Views into the neighboring states of Massachusetts and New York can be had from any of the small mountains at the northern end of the Connecticut section. The elevation range in our section is from 260 feet up to 2316 feet above sea level at the top of Bear Mountain in Salisbury. The ruins of a stone tower erected by the Norfolk resident, Robbins Battell, with a plaque misidentifying Bear Mountain as Connecticut’s highest point are still evident on the peak (the highest point in Connecticut is 2,380 feet on the side of nearby Mt. Frissel whose peak is in Massachusetts). The Appalachian Trail gives hikers access to terrain and views that are not available in other parts of Connecticut, so get out there and enjoy the trail