Connecticut today is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of hiking trails. These 10 hikes run through high land and low, across difficult and easy terrain, and they offer unique insight into the geology, flora and fauna of the state. They also serve as blissful and relaxing getaway from the stressors of daily life. (Continue reading from CT Visit)
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens (Stamford)
12 gardens, native habitats and wetlands. Audio tours available.
Connecticut Audubon Society (Fairfield)
155 acre wildlife sanctuary. Use app for bird info, garden tips and interactive maps.
More Audubon Society Sanctuaries
Visit 20 sanctuaries throughout CT. Open for hiking and outdoor programs.
New Canaan Nature Center
Trails through diverse habitats on 40 acres of land. Many outdoor programs.
Mianus River State Park (Stamford and Greenwich)
Rolling trails along river, forestlands and wetlands, with almost 400 acres to explore. Some fishing and biking.
White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center (Litchfield)
40 miles of trail for walking, biking and horseback riding; ponds, lakes and river for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
250 acres; 50 specialty gardens, greenhouses and Victorian-style Conservatory. NYBG at Home offers digital resources and online classes.