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Local Walks and Hikes

Earthplace (Westport)
62-acre wildlife sanctuary, 2 miles of trails plus Environmental Learning Center and Animal Hall. See the Digital Program Guide for events.

Aspetuck Land Trust Westport 
8 preserves ranging from woodlands to open fields, marshes and gardens.

Sherwood Island State Park
238 acres; beaches; salt marsh trail;
9-11 Living Memorial and garden.

Aspetuck Land Trust Weston 
16 diverse preserves for walks, wildlife and wildflower viewing.

Weir Farm National Historic Site (Wilton)
68-acres of "Painterly woods, fields and waterways" around the museum and home of Impressionist J. Alden Weir. 

Woodcock Nature Center (Wilton)
150 acres; wooded trails; boardwalks through wetlands. Check website for Nature Center open days and programs.

Norwalk River Valley Trail
30 mile trail connecting Norwalk beaches with Wilton, Redding, Ridgefield and Danbury. Woodlands, parks and urban landscapes. 

BIrding in the Aspetuck Land Trust
Westport, Weston and Bridgeport birding recommendations.

Connecticut's Top 10 Hiking Trails

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

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens (Stamford)
12 gardens, native habitats and wetlands. Audio tours available.

Connecticut Audubon Society (Fairfield)
155 acre wildlife sanctuary. Bird info, garden tips and interactive maps available on app.

More Audubon Society Sanctuaries
Visit 20 sanctuaries throughout CT. 

New Canaan Nature Center
Trails through diverse habitats on 40 acres of land. Many outdoor programs, including hiking club, birding walks, and children's 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.

Books to Inspire
Link to Connecticut Walk Book in the catalog
Link to 50 Hikes in Connecticut in the catalog
Link to Quiet Water in the catalog
Link to In Praise of Paths in the catalog
Link to Exploring Gardens and Green Spaces from Connecticut to the Delaware Valley in the catalog
Link to Best Bike Rides in Connecticut in the catalog
Link to Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island in the catalog
Link to The Hidden Life of Trees in the catalog
Link to The Genius of Birds in the catalog
Link to The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot in the catalog
Link to National Parks of America in the catalog
Link to How to Read Nature in the catalog