Social Distance-Friendly Hikes Last Updated 5/20

Many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource. Below is a list of a few you might consider. But please check for temporary closures before you venture out and follow the guidelines provided by state and local officials.

Here is updated information on visiting state parks.

They include avoiding popular or crowded parks; observing the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people; and, avoiding surfaces that are touched often, like playscapes, park benches and even other people's pets.

NOTE: This is not a complete list of all available offerings. For a complete list of Connecticut State Parks, click here.

 

Fairfield County

Hartford County

Middlesex County

New Haven County

Tolland County

Windham County

Additional Hiking Options

Below are some additional articles that offer various hiking opportunities throughout the state. Be sure to visit the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection site for updates on state parks:

  • CT DEEP: NOTE - The trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment. If you plan to visit a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities. Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed, and visitors must practice social distancing. COVID-19 Updates CT State Parks and Forests
  • To avoid crowds and find less traveled trails, the Connecticut Forest & Park Association provides recommendations on different options throughout the state on their Facebook page.

 

Here is The Hartford Courant's list of 10 places to hike ideal for social distancing.

If you are the manager of an attraction that you think should be on this list, please contact the Connecticut Office of Tourism.