The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has just announced a fun new walking and hiking challenge for residents, and the payoff for a select few will be a new, hand-carved hiking staff. Who says you get nothing out of a walk in the woods, right?

The CT DEEP has just announced the 2024 Sky's the Limit Hiking and Walking Challenge, and the purpose of the campaign is to get you outside to enjoy hikes at half of Connecticut's 33 state forests. Participants who walk or hike 10 of the 15 forest trails will receive a 2024 Sky's the Limit Hiking Medallion, and a certificate for your accomplishment. But if you go full-hiker, and visit all 15 locations, 50 names will be drawn out of all the participants, and the winners will receive a hand-carved hiking staff made at the CT DEEP sawmill, or from the Connecticut Woodcarvers Association. How will they know that you've truly walked or hiked each designated trail? The rules say you must take designated photos along the way and send them in.

Where are the 15 designated trails in Connecticut?

  • Cocaponset State Forest in Chester and Haddam
  • Massacoe State Forest in Simsbury
  • Mattatuck State Forest
  • Nassahegon State Forest in Burlington
  • Natchuag State Forest in Chaplain
  • Naugatuck State Forest
  • Nehantic State Forest in Lyme
  • Nipmuck State Forest in Union
  • Pachaug State Forest
  • Paugussett State Forest in Newtown
  • Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted
  • Pootatuck State Forest in New Fairfield
  • Salmon River State Forest in Colchester
  • Shenipsit State Forest in Stafford
  • Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield

You must get your entries in before December 6, 2024, and the winners will be drawn on January 1, 2025.

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