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CMS: Into the Woods!
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November's underrated. Colin explores Connecticut's outdoor splendors.


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My knees are so creaky now that the days of five hour walks are over, but I wouldn't say I got short-changed on the woods of Connecticut.

There are some magical places around here. But it's also true that some of our oldest and most-loved trails now seem to dive in and out of development. The experience of walking into deep deep woods, of going some place where you really can't hear even the faintest sound of a car in the distance is, in Connecticut, pretty rare.

Our guests today are going to talk about the joys and beauties of our woods, but also about the challenges they face.

What are forests for anyway? Who gets to use them and for what? What's the place of loud stupid recreational machines? (OK, maybe I'm showing a little bias there.) And is there an way to slow the march of development that gobbles up our woods? Is there any way, even, to get back a little of what we lost?

Today on the Colin McEnroe Show - how to love the woods and what you should do if you already do.

Leave your comments below or e-mail us [email protected].

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Our family are avid

Our family are avid walkers/hikers and would like to suggest some of our favorite spots. 

Burr Pond State Park, Torrington (about 2 miles, mild-moderate)

Steep Rock, Washington on the Sheppaug River-mild on one side of the river and rocky/steep on other side) suspended bridge connects the two sides

White Memorial-trail with pond and memorial rock off Route 63 in Litchfield-mild-moderate

Sessions Blue Trail, Bristol connects with Tory's Den, Plymouth-from Plymouth side moderate to difficult


Listener E-mail from Morgan

Lovin the forest show on right now... I am an avid rock climbing here in the state of CT and am deeply disturbed by inadequacies of the Recreational Use Statue and why there has been no move to protect municipalities under this rule. Currently only Private land owners and the state owned properties are protected meaning that municipalities are currently discouraged from creating recreational areas as they are legally liable for any injuries that occur on their property. The Supreme court ruling  Conway v. Town of Wilton ruled that Muni are not covered under the R.U.S.  I would like to know if the CT organizations are working or having discussions to correct this serious issue.

Some favorite hiking spots via Facebook:

David W.

Bluff Point in rotten Groten hands down! But shhhh, it's a secret.


Mt. Riga. I hiked there with the Girl Scouts.

Hueblin trail from west Hartford res to avon

Chip M. 

Satan's Kingdom! Plus it's the best name for a state park ever!


Sleeping Giant--Hamden. Amazing network of trails--and if you go to the right spots---you won't see another person the whole time. (I mean, if you like that sort of thing.)

Chris B.

Soapstone Mtn. at Shenipsit State Forest... I should go back there

Paul M.

Bear Mtn. in Salisbury is without a doubt the best and most rewarding uphill climb in the state. Giuffrida is a nice hike as well, and easy to get to in Meriden. Great view, beautiful scenery, and convenient.

Dan T.

case mountain, manchester

Terry C.

Yes, Bear Mtn. Then proceed west to see the point where CT, MA and NY all come together.

Susan H. 

As a kid, Nipmuck Trail in Storrs by the Fenton River, then climbing up the slope leading to UConn's Horsebarn Hill and up to the campus.

Janet K.

Soapstone Mountain, and the nature preserve on Niedermeyer Road in South Windsor. And the Station 51 birding spot on the Connecticut River - Vibert Road off Old Main Street in South Windsor. Just watch out for the alligators dumped near the sewage treatment plant - I'm not making this up ...

Eric H.

Kent falls !

Dan T.

Let's not forget Gay City, with it's long winding trails. Although in deer hunting season I tend to avoid it.


Mattabesset Trail in Middletown/Haddam, right off Rt. 9/Airline Rd.


 Hikers in the

 Hikers in the Bristol/Burlington area will undoubtedly know of Session's Woods, a fantastic piece of land operated by the DEP off of Route 69 in Burlington.  Aside from several miles of well-maintained gravel walking paths, Session's also hosts a section of the blue-blazed Tunxis Trail.  The area also connects to nearby Nassahegon State Forest.  This place is a veritable one-stop shop for hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, and hunting.  Check it out!