Whether you are more advanced or just a beginner in the world of backpacking, Connecticut has several trails that will meet your requirements and specific needs this summer. Whether hiking through the Appalachian mountains or through a preserve, these Connecticut backpacking trips will offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the great scenery that this state has to offer.
The Appalachian Trail 

This trail provides beautiful scenic vistas of Bear Mountain. It runs an approximate 53 miles and is considered to be a more advanced trail for backpackers. The trail offers mock steps made of rocks to assist in descending down the steep portions of St. Johns Ledges but is often considered one of the high points of the hike. While on the trail, be sure to pull your camera out of your backpack at times to capture the beauty and essence of the surrounding area.

Sleeping Giant State Park
200 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
www.sgpa.org

When it comes to backpacking in the Greater New Haven area, Sleeping Giant is one of the more frequented spots. The trails accommodate both advanced and intermediate backpackers and are very well maintained. On the grounds you will find the white trail, which starts the Tower Trail, leading all the way up to Stone Tower at the top of the trail. There’s also the blue trail, known as the Quinnipiac Trail, and that can be a bit too “hilly” for some.

Mattatuck Trail

Located in Wolcott, Connecticut along the Mad River in Peterson Park, this hike spans a little over 36 miles and crosses through nine different towns. The blue-blazed trail is known as a “loop trail” and is classified as moderately strenuous. If you stay on the trail for the entire 36 miles, you will have passed through two additional parks — Black Rock State Park and The White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center.

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The White Memorial Foundation And Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-0857
www.whitememorialcc.org

As previously mentioned, The White Memorial Foundation can be reached through the Mattatuck Trail. Located in Litchfield, the center offers about 35 miles of hiking trails that include some of Mattatuck but also branches out into the boardwalk trail and interpretive nature trail. The center is among the finest for offering outdoor awareness on habitats and nature awareness. Everything from scenic trails and wildlife to streams and swamplands can be viewed while backpacking along these trails. It’s perfect for the adventurous outdoor lover.

Steep Rock Preserve
2 Tunnel Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
(860) 868-9131
www.steeprockassoc.org/explore/steep-rock-preserve

Located in Washington, Connecticut, this property offers many different trails consisting of hills and loops for any level backpacker. At four miles or under, each trail offers scenic views and rest areas. Some of the more popular trails are the two four-mile trails, Steep Rock Loop and White Circle. For a shorter hike, the Pinney Loop and the Holiday House Trails are ideal.

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