Two free hikes open to the public will take place in Shelton on June 1 and 2 as part of the weekend-long National Trails Day celebration.
Connecticut is believed to host the most events to mark the celebration of any state in the nation, according to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).
Hike 1: Begin at Indian Well
One hike begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 and covers the Paugussett Trail Extension. Participants will hike from Indian Well State Park to Silent Waters; they can then hike back to Indian Well or have parked a car in advance at Shelton Intermediate School.
Meet in the hiker parking lot for the waterfalls at Indian Well State Park. This parking lot is on the right before you get to the beach turn-off. A sign for the falls is on the left.
The hike is five miles round trip, with 300-foot elevation gain that involves a steady but not steep climb up from the Housatonic River to Shelton Lakes.
Children and leashed dogs are welcome. Be prepared for possible wet spots on the trail, and bring water and snacks. Rain date is Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is not necessary. Direct any questions to hike leader Terrance Gallagher at 203-926-9572 or email@example.com.
Hike 2: Heritage Walk at family farm
The other hike goes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at Jones Family Farms off Route 110. Meet outside the Jones Winery at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road.
Farm educators will lead an easy to moderate Heritage Walk through the historic homestead farm. Participants will be told about the 150-year story of the Jones family and their land in the White Hills.
Enjoy scenic views and rambling stone walls while learning about the evolution of Connecticut agriculture from the 1800s through today. Sponsored by Jones Family Farms (JonesFamilyFarms.com).
Held rain or shine. Pre-registration is required by contacting hike leader Emily Freund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events taking place statewide
On the weekend of June 1 and 2, there are 259 events scheduled on more than 560 miles of trails throughout the state as part of National Trails Day. The events, overseen by volunteer guides, will take place in 152 of the state’s 169 municipalities.
Activities will include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, and letter-boxing. Parking fees at state parks for those participating in National Trails Day events will be waived.
The CFPA, a nonprofit conservation organization, has been coordinating Connecticut’s celebration since National Trails Day began in 1993. The CFPA oversees the blue-blazed hiking trail system — the largest trail network in the state with more than 825 miles of trail maintained by volunteers.
Learn more about the CFPA and other National Trails Day events in the state at www.ctwoodlands.org.