AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails from the Highlands to the Coastal Lowlands

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This new guide from the experts at the Appalachian Mountain Club leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 50 of Connecticut’s most spectacular trails, from short family nature walks to long day hikes that reward with magnificent views. Inside, readers will find 50 detailed trail descriptions with maps, Nature Notes on the region’s flora and fauna, and more. Readers will also learn the best trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and find other opportunities for outdoor adventure. AMC’s Best Day ...
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This new guide from the experts at the Appalachian Mountain Club leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 50 of Connecticut’s most spectacular trails, from short family nature walks to long day hikes that reward with magnificent views. Inside, readers will find 50 detailed trail descriptions with maps, Nature Notes on the region’s flora and fauna, and more. Readers will also learn the best trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and find other opportunities for outdoor adventure. AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut is an essential four-season reference for visitors and locals, new and experienced hikers, and everyone in between who wants to explore the state’s hidden pockets of wilderness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028100
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

René Laubach is the director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wildlife Sanctuaries. Charles W.G. Smith is an environmental horticulturalist and award-winning author.
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Table of Contents


At A Glance Trip Planner     x
Preface     xvii
How to Use This Book     xix
Trip Planning and Safety     xxi
Western Connecticut
Mount Frissell     2
Bear Mountain     7
Lion's Head     12
Sharon Audubon Center     17
Pine Knob Loop Trail     24
Cathedral Pines and Mohawk Mountain     28
Wolcott Trail and Burr Pond     34
River Road     41
Mallard Marsh and Little Pond     46
Macedonia Ridge Trail     52
Mount Algo and Indian Rock     60
Candlewood Mountain     65
Mount Tom State Park     73
Sunny Valley Preserve     78
Kettletown State Park     86
Devil's Den Preserve     91
The Weir Preserve     99
Greenwich Audubon Center     105
Central Connecticut
McLean Game Refuge     113
People's State Forest     119
Indian Council Caves     125
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area     130
Mile of Ledges and Tory Den     137
Talcott Mountain     145
Castle Craig, Cat-Hole Pass, and East Peak     149
Chauncey Peak     155
Mattabesett Trail and Mount Higby     159
Wadsworth Falls     163
Sleeping Giant     167
Hezekiah's Knob and the Chestnut Grove     171
Bear Rock     176
Mattabesett Trail and Coginchaug Cave     180
Bluff Head Ridge     185
Westwoods Reserve Trails-White Circle and White Square     189
Lost Lake     194
Eastern Connecticut
Breakneck Pond-Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest     200
Connecticut Audubon Center at Trail Wood     208
Rock Spring Preserve     216
Rhododendron Sanctuary     223
Mount Misery     228
Laurel Loop     232
Day Pond State Park/Salmon River State Forest Loop     238
Burnham Brook Preserve     244
Devil's Hopyard State Park     252
Chatfield Trail/Cockaponset State Forest     259
Hammonasset Beach State Park     267
McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (Saltmeadow Unit)     274
Bluff Point Coastal Reserve     278
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center     286
Barn Island Wildlife Management Area     293
Nature Essays
Climbing the Taconic Klippe     5
Hummingbirds     15
How Sweet It Is!     22
July 1989     30
The Ice Sheet Cometh     38
Common Mergansers     44
Hats to Habitat     50
Partridge in a Shad Tree     70
Mob Mentality     84
Woodland to Charcoal     97
From Eden to Your Garden     102
Tulips in the Sky     110
Fire and Ice     117
Manitou Stones     123
Tunxis Tales     143
Copperheads     152
Saving American Chestnuts     174
Mountain Laurel     183
Trails     197
Bog Carnivores     205
A Man for All Seasons     213
Fall Finery     222
Rosebays     226
Spring Peepers     234
Fences in the Forest     250
Hemlock under Assault     256
The Egg and Us     264
Aerial Highways     272
Sea of Grass     282
Stranger than a Fairy Tale     290
The Jaws of Death     298
Index     301
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