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27. Try-Athlete Weekend

Soft adventures can do wonders for the body and spirit. Why not challenge yourself and try three outings over a weekend? Pack your bicycle, hiking shoes, and swimsocks and explore Connecticut by river, rail-line, and forest. The perfect playland: the "quiet corner," Connecticut's rural, historic northeast quadrant.

Try-Athlete Weekend
Experiences Types: Active Adventures
Seasons: Spring, Fall
Driving Tip: *

Natchaug State Forest

Warm up with a hike through Natchaug State Forest in Eastford. There are numerous loops available from the Kingsbury Road parking area. Natchaug is an extensive wooded paradise, known for picnicking, fishing, horseback riding trails and hiking, and it will interest history buffs, too. The large stone fireplace and chimney are the remains of the birthplace of General Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General killed in the Civil War.

Nest, it's cylcing time along the Air Line State Park Trail. Running from East Hampton to Pomfret in two sections, the rail-trail gently winds for 50 miles through the towns of East Hampton, Colchester, Hebron, Lebanon, Columbia, Windham, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret, with an extension to Putnam and Thompson. Do as much or little bicycling as you want – the idea is to enjoy panoramic views.

Elias Child House

Stay overnight at Woodstock’s   Elias Child House, a bed-and-breakfast with nine fireplaces, hearth-cooked dinners, onsite wooded trails and an in-ground pool.

Carbo-load at breakfast for your third adventure. After checking out of the B&B, opt for a kayak or canoe trip with Five Mile Outfitters in Danielson. The outfitter offers rentals, demos, and information on paddle events throughout the season.

Celebrate your status as a try-athlete. Putnam is home to several restaurants, such as the 85 Main. Cozy up in a corner booth and raise a glass.