Hike to CT’s scenic vistas to win a prize in ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ challenge

Connecticut residents can win prizes for hiking Connecticut’s high peaks as part of a new program, “The Sky’s the Limit” 2015 Hiking Challenge.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) program is designed to promote hiking in Connecticut’s state parks and forests throughout 2015.

Participants in the competition have the opportunity to receive a medallion for hiking up 10 designated locations. For hiking up all 14 high peaks, 50 families will receive a hiking staff (walking stick).

Names will be drawn on Jan. 1, 2016 from all who completed the 14 designated hikes.

Explore the high peaks

“What a great way to spending time outdoors hiking Connecticut’s high peaks with family and friends and joining others in a friendly challenge to visit all 14 locations and win prizes along the way,” said Robert Klee, DEEP Commissioner.

“Go have fun this year exploring the high peaks and seeing the spectacular views from the top of the mountains,” Klee said.

For more information, go to www.NoChildLeftInside.org

The state parks, forests to hike

Here is what people should do to participate:

STEP 1:  Hike at one of the 14 Connecticut state parks or forests listed below.

STEP 2:  Snap two photos of yourself — one with a picture of the State Park or Forest shield sign, and one at the location listed below.

State park and forest photo Locations (not all locations are open year round, so remember to check www.ct.gov/deep/StateParks to confirm and plan accordingly):

1. Dennis Hill State Park, Dennis Hill Pavilion, Route 272, Norfolk

2. Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, from the top of the monument, Park Avenue, Groton

3. Haystack Mountain State Park, Haystack Mountain Tower, Route 272, Norfolk

4. Hurd State Park, Split Rock Vista, Route 151, East Hampton

5. Lovers Leap State Park, scenic vista along Falls Mountain Trail, Grove Street, New Milford

6. Macedonia Brook State Park, scenic vista, 159 Macedonia Brook Road, Kent

7. Mohawk Mountain State Forest, Mohawk scenic vista, 20 Mohawk Mountain Road, Goshen

8. Mount Tom State Park, Mount Tom stone tower, Route 202, Litchfield

9. Pachaug State Forest Chapman Area, Mount Misery overlook, Route 49, Voluntown

10. Shenipsit State Forest, Soapstone Mountain Observation Tower (currently closed)

11. Sleeping Giant State Park, stone observation tower on the peak of Mount Carmel, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden

12. Southford Falls State Park, fire tower, 175 Quaker Farms Road, Route 188, Southbury

13. Talcott Mountain State Park, Heublein Tower, Route 185, Simsbury

14. West Rock Ridge State Park, scenic vista by the Upper Pavilion, Wintergreen Avenue, Hamden


Email your photos (a picture of the shield sign and photo of yourself at 10 or 14 of the above locations), along with your name and home address, to receive a medallion to deep.stateparks@ct.gov or mail to CT DEEP State Parks, Sky’s the Limit, 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106 (emailed or postmarked by Dec. 11, 2015).

People do not need to be present the day of the drawing. On Jan, 1, 2016, the winners will be chosen at one of the First Day Hikes in Connecticut.