If you've never taken part in Connecticut Trails Day Weekend, you're
missing out! On June 7th and 8th, Connecticut will again host the largest National Trails Day (NTD)
celebration in the nation with 258 events in 142 towns throughout the state. The Connecticut Forest
& Park Association (CFPA), the state's first nonprofit conservation organization, has been
coordinating Connecticut's celebration since NTD began in 1993. Connecticut has hosted the most
events since this national celebration was launched. "It is amazing the number of individuals and
groups involved in leading events for this celebration. Hundreds of people from trail maintainers to
educators step up to make this weekend truly special. Many leaders come back year after year
because they simply love sharing the outdoors with others. There is literally something for
everyone!," notes CFPA's Trails Promotion Manager & Engagement Advocate Jennifer Benner.
"Town departments, state parks, land trusts, historic groups, tourism organizations, and local
businesses all recognize that trails are good for everyone. Not only do trails provide the public with
recreational health benefits, but they also provide a venue where we can both relax and learn,"
Benner adds. Events are led by knowledgeable volunteers and include hiking, biking, horseback
riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and
more. 62 of this year's events will take place on the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System—the largest
trail network in the state with over 825 miles of trail all maintained by CFPA volunteers
The success of Connecticut Trails Day Weekend would not be possible without strong participation by
organizations like the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP),
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), town agencies, land trusts, outdoors-oriented businesses,
volunteers, CFPA, and many dedicated financial sponsors—including DEEP in partnership with the
Federal Highway Administration, Loureiro Engineering Associates, The Bank of America Charitable
Foundation, Burns & McDonnell, Crosswicks Family Foundation, Lynch Toyota, and United
Milford's two hikes are Saturday, June 7. 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Mondo Ponds Trail and Saturday, June 7. 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Solomon Woods Trail. Full details are on page 30-31 of the digital booklet.
A full listing of the Connecticut events is published by CFPA in its Connecticut Trails Day Weekend
booklet. Printed booklets are available at town/city halls, select nature centers, state parks, outdoor
retailers, limited public libraries, and at CFPA's office in Rockfall while supplies last. An electronic
version of the booklet can be viewed at www.ctwoodlands.org/CT-TrailsDayWeekend2014.
Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), founded in 1895, is a nonprofit organization serving
Connecticut to protect forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations. CFPA
maintains the 825-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, trains educators to utilize forests as a
teaching tool, and is creating healthier communities through its WalkCT initiative. Visit
www.ctwoodlands.org for more information.