Thursday, December 14, 2017

Connecticut hikers hit the trails to ring in new year

Connecticut didn't want to drop the ball on New Year's Day celebrations, so it organized "First Day Hikes" through five of its parks to welcome 2017 in a more active, natural way.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) partnered with America’s State Parks to offer families, friends and other hikers one- to two-and-a-half-hour treks ranging from easy to strenuous in the Kellogg Environmental Center, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Mansfield Hollow State Park, Scantic River State Park and Sleeping Giant State Park.

“First Day Hikes offer families the opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature on guided outdoor adventures,” Domenic Bravo, president of the National Association of State Park Directors, said. “There are shorter options for families with young children, to longer treks for adventure seekers. State parks offer stunning views, unique cultural and historical experiences, and wintering wildlife for everyone to enjoy.”

DEEP Commissioner Robert Keel said the state sees the hikes as a great way to gather with families and friends to celebrate the new year.

“Connecticut’s state parks are great to visit any time of the year, but there is something invigorating and special about being outdoors as you celebrate the first day of 2017,” he said. “Whether you join DEEP for a guided hike or venture out on your own, you will not be disappointed in the variety of hiking trails that Connecticut has to offer.”






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