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26. Hike the Appalachian Trail

Through hikers may be going from Georgia to Maine, or vice-versa, but you may just want to bite off the Connecticut portion of the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail. Zigzagging for 52 miles across the state's northwest corner, the trail cuts through charming towns where you can visit historic sites, village taverns and even a covered bridge or two. For trail information (including camping regulations), contact the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (www.appalachiantrail.org) or the Appalachian Mountain Club/Connecticut Chapter (www.ct-amc.org). Whether you're day-tripping or camping over, consider the following highlights.

Hike the Appalachian Trail
Experiences Types: Active Adventures
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
Driving Tip: Approximately 29 miles

Bear Mountain

In Salisbury, climb 2,316-foot-tall Bear Mountain, Connecticut's highest peak. From the summit, you'll have tri-state panoramic views of peaks and lakes.

Johnnycake Books

Venture into the town of Salisbury, a picture-postcard colonial town. You’ll find Johnnycake Books (8,000 rare and collectible titles in a 19th-century cottage) and stay overnight in close by Lakeville at the Wake Robin Inn.

Infinity Hall

After hiking consider spending time at Infinity Hall in Norfolk,an intimate music, dining and entertainment destination beyond compare. Built in 1883,the newly renovated historic building features its original proscenium stage and hosts more than 200 music and entertainment shows by quality national and regional artists annually.

West Cornwall Covered Bridge

In West Cornwall, view the 242-foot-long red West Cornwall Covered Bridge, spanning the Housatonic River. Recreational opportunities on the river abound; fly-fishing, canoeing, white-water rafting, and tubing are a few options. Go to www.litchfieldhills.com for a list of outfitters.

Fife `n Drum Inn & Restaurant

In Kent, you’ll find the   Fife ‘n Drum Inn & Restaurant and Backcountry Outfitters, among other shops and restaurants. Make sure to visit Bulls Bridge, a covered timber truss built in 1842.