17 trails host ‘First Day Hikes’ across Connecticut

There are 17 trails hosting “First Day Hikes: across Connecticut on New Year's Day.
It’s a nationwide initiative to promote connecting to the outdoors.
Some hikes are in-person group events, while others are self-guided offerings.
The initiative began in Massachusetts more than two decades ago.
Below is a list of the parks participating:
  • American Legion & Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted  
  • Auerfarm State Park Scenic Reserve, Bloomfield 
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
  • Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton 
  • Gillette Caste State Park, East Haddam 
  • Goodwin State Forest, Hampton 
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison 
  • Machimoodus State Park, Moodus 
  • Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield 
  • Pachaug State Forest, Griswold 
  • Scantic River State Park, East Windsor 
  • Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington (2 hikes – one led by Friends of Sessions Woods and one self-guided Sky's the Limit hike and exploration of the education center) 
  • Sherwood Island State Park, Westport 
  • Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden 
  • Southford Falls State Park, Southbury 
  • West Rock Ridge State Park, New Haven
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