The Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge is a program put on annually by the DEEP since 2015. Each year DEEP staff pick 14 locations around the state to explore some element of the park. To participate, hikers must take photos of at least 2 designated locations within each park and submit them before the deadline.
Hiking and photographing 10 of the chosen parks will earn a medallion or lapel pin and certificate. Completing all 14 puts you in a drawing to win one of 50 hand-carved hiking staffs announced on January 1st of the following year.
I have participated each year, but visited only a handful every time. 2019 was my first year completing the challenge and I made a movie documenting it.
Photo Locations (5): Photo of How Well Do you Know Boating kiosk, photo of railroad bridge, photo of Blue Crab Regulations sign, photo of osprey platform Interpretive signage with island/osprey platform in background; and photo of the CT River from anywhere along the timber walkway or timber boardwalk
Photo Locations (4): Anywhere on the beach boardwalk, Bride Brook, intersection of the White/Purple Trail, intersection White/Red Trail
This year’s theme is ‘Best Kept Secrets‘ Hike and photograph 15 for a certificate and medallion. Hike and photograph all 20 to enter a drawing to win one of 50 hand carved hiking staffs. All entries are due by 3 pm on Friday, December 2, 2022.
Trail Name: Gravel Road (3.45 miles) in Bluff Point
Photo Locations (4): Bluff Point State Park signage, photo of the scenic view at the end of Bluff Point (shown as scenic view on the map), Sunset Rock (as shown on map) and Winthrop House foundation and signage
Trail Name: Take the Harkness Memorial Loop (1.3 mile) and the Niering Walk (.25 miles)
Photo Locations (5): Harkness Memorial State Park signage, photo from the Wildlife Viewing Platform on the Niering Walk, photo of/from the boardwalk as shown on the map, photo of one of the gardens, and a photo of the Mansion known as Eolia
Trail Name: Hop River State Park Trail starting in Bolton Notch State Park (4.5 miles)
Photo Locations (5): Bolton Notch State park signage, Hop River State Park signage, Bolton Notch tunnel, photo of a rock formation along the trail, photo of an interesting “find” along the trail (could be anything-the trail, an animal, building, tree, etc.)
Trail Name: Six stop cell phone walking tour of Fort Griswold (.5 miles)
Photo Locations (4): Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park signage, photo of the monument or looking out from the monument, cell phone tour post and signage, view looking out from the constructed deck at Fort Griswold of the property
Trail Name: Walk the monument grounds at Beckley Furnace and visit the Industrial Monument (.25 miles)
Photo Locations (3): Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument signage, Beckley Iron Furnace, any other photo of the grounds or the furnace
For the 20th hike choose your own favorite CT State Park or Forest location, a feature within such park or forest, or what trail you feel is the “Best Kept Secret” here in CT. Please tell us the location, why it’s the Best Kept Secret” and share your photos with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!**