Blue-Blaze Trails

The Blue-Blaze Trails of Connecticut

There are more than 825 miles of blue-blazed trails in Connecticut.  These wonderful trail systems cross the state creating a large network.  No matter where you start from there is bound to be a trailhead nearby.  Stepping foot on the trail often means you could hike to the shoreline or the state border all while passing rich cultural heritage and natural wonder.

These trails can offer anything from a quick walk in nature to a 60+ mile hike all the way to New Hampshire.  You’ll pass vista overlooks, hike along quiet swift rivers, around waterfalls, and through ancient foundations.

The blue-blaze trails are still best viewed on the official CFPA site interactive map or the CT Walk Book.  I aim to continually add access points, descriptions, and videos of complete through-hikes.

If this leaves you inspired to explore them yourself be sure to check out Blue Blaze Challenge! You can track your hikes to accumulate enough miles to win a CTFPA t-shirt at 200 miles, a water bottle at 400 miles, or a fleece vest after passing the 800-mile mark.  The links and map below share the extent of my hikes so far:

Aspetuck Trail

Chatfield Trail

Cockaponset Trail

Falls Brook Trail

Field Forest Trail

Finch Brook Trail

Hancock Brook Trail

Hibbard Trail

Highlawn Forest Trail

Housatonic Range

Iron Trail

John Muir Trail

Kettletown Trails

Lillinonah Trail

Macedonia Brook

Mattabesett Trail

Mattatuck Trail

McLean Game Refuge

Menunkatuck Trail

Metacomet Trail

Mohawk Trail

Narragansett Trail

Natchaug Trail

Naugatuck Trail

Nayantaquit Trail

Nehantic Trail

Nipmuck Trail

Old Furnace Trail

Pachuag Trail

Paugussett Trail

Pequot Trail

Quinebaug Trail

Quinnipiac Trail

Regicides Trail

Risley Pond Trail

Salmon River Trail

Saugatuck Trail

Scovill Loop Trails

Shenipsit Trail

Stony Creek Trails

Sunny Valley Trails

Tunxis Trail

Walcott Trail

White Nature Trails

Whitestone Cliffs