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LITCHFIELD FIRST DAY HIKES

LITCHFIELD FIRST DAY HIKES will be held, of course, on January 1, 2021 as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes. Litchfield alone  will have 10 hikes. Find their details below. Some hikes are guided, some self-guided, all are free.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) State Parks and its partners are sponsoring free, guided hikes in many state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks’ First Day Hikes initiative taking place in all 50 states.

VISTAS
Apple Hill Trail – White Memorial Conservation Center
https://whitememorialcc.org/trails/ (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.

Prospect Mountain Preserve Trails – Litchfield Land Trust https://www.litchfieldlandtrust.org/  (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.
SERENITY
Songbird Trail Tour & the Orintas Family Wildlife Viewing Blind – Friends of Topsmead   https://www.friendsoftopsmead.org/
Janet Blauvelt, a Friend of Topsmead State Forest, will lead a leisurely tour along the Songbird Trail and the Wildlife Viewing building. Janet established and helps maintains birdhouses at Topsmead. Volunteers will be at the parking lot at 10:00 if any assistance is desired.

Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary – Litchfield Hills Audubon https://lhasct.org/www.lhasct.org/Boyd_Woods.html  Marie Kennedy will be there at 9:00 am for those who would like a guide.
Medicine Rock Trail – The Litchfield Land Trust
https://www.litchfieldlandtrust.org/  (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.

Vineyard/River Trail Loop – White Memorial Conservation Center  https://whitememorialcc.org/trails/ (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.

LOCAL HISTORY
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary –  https://lhasct.org/www.lhasct.org/Boyd_Woods.html  Marie Kennedy will be there at 9:00 am for those who would like a guide.
Ice House Ruins Trail – White Memorial Conservation Center  https://whitememorialcc.org/trails/ (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.

Shepaug Crossing Trail – Litchfield Land Trust
https://www.litchfieldlandtrust.org/  (Access to trail maps and trail descriptions). Self-guided hike.

Topsmead State Forest Estate Grounds – Friends of Topsmead    https://www.friendsoftopsmead.org/  Friends will be at the parking lot at 10:00 with assistance and more information.

To find more hiking opportunities in the Tri-State are follow the links below.

New York State Parks   https://parks.ny.gov/events/first-day-hikes.aspx

Massachusetts State Parks   https://www.mass.gov/guides/visiting-massachusetts-state-parks-guide

Connecticut State Parks   https://www.stateparks.com/connecticut_parks_and_recreation_destinations.html

 

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America’s State Parks First Day Hikes

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes is an annual program sponsored by America’s State Parks to get people moving right off the New Year’s bat.

On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks will once again be celebrating with First Day Hike. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. For many it has become a tradition.

Last year nearly 85,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 176,366 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes. Numerous others hiked state park trails throughout the day.

State parks all over the nation will be providing guided and self-guided walks, all for free.

To learn more about America’s State Parks go here: https://www.stateparks.org/special-programs/first-day-hikes/.

To find out about hikes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York State visit these websites:

https://www.stateparks.com/connecticut_parks_and_recreation_destinations.html

https://www.mass.gov/guides/visiting-massachusetts-state-parks-guide

https://parks.ny.gov/events/first-day-hikes.aspx

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