June 6th is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the wonderful hiking opportunities Cheshire has to offer. The Cheshire Library has a display located on the main and lower levels with trail maps for the various hiking areas in Cheshire. Come on it, grab a map or two and enjoy some great scenery! The Cheshire Land Trust will have a two-hour exploration of the Old Farms Reserve and DeDominicis Property on Saturday from 9-11. They will be meeting at 9:00 am at Old Farms Preserve on Old Farms Road. For other activities throughout the state, check the Connecticut Woodlands website here.
Boulder Knoll Property – Boulder Road
Casertano Property – Marian Road
Cheshire Park Property – Country Club Road
DeMinicis Property – Old Lane Road
Dime Savings Property – Bordering I-84 and Route 322
Farmington Canal Linear Trail – Cornwall Avenue, North Brooksvale Road, Mount Sanford Road
Mixville Hills Property – Waterbury Road
Quinnipiac Park River Walk – Cheshire Street
Roaring Brook Property – Roaring Brook Drive
Ten Mile Lowlands Property – Dundee Drive
Discover other hiking areas in and around Connecticut by checking out a book from the library’s collection located downstairs in the Reference area under 917.6.
Hiking the Pioneer Valley
Best Hikes With Kids
50 Hikes In Connecticut
Hikes In Southern New England
AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut
Short Nature Walks in Connecticut
With the arrival of nice weather many of us are looking to get back to walking or hiking and exploring the hidden treasures around us. Did you know that there are some great places to hike right here in Cheshire? Well, we have some small maps available for free at the library with maps of local trails and routes.
We also have some great books about hiking trails in Cheshire, Connecticut, and throughout New England. Here are some of those books that might offer you hiking routes and ideas that you might have forgotten about or simply never knew about.
1. Trails, Cheshire, Connecticut. by the Cheshire Environment Commission and Cheshire Land Trust
2. AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Day Hikes from the Highlands to the Coast by René Laubach and Charles W.G. Smith.
3. Short Nature Walks in Connecticut by Eugene Keyarts
4. Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island by Cynthia Copeland [Lewis], Thomas J. Lewis, and Emily Kerr
5. Weekend Walks along the New England Coast: Exploring the Coast from Connecticut to Maine by John Gibson
6. Connecticut Walk Book West: the Guide to the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails of Western Connecticut by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association; edited by Ann T. Colson.
7. Connecticut Walk Book East: the Guide to the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails of Eastern Connecticut by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association; edited by Ann T. Colson, Cindi D. Pietrzky
8. Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island by Rhonda and George Ostertag.
9. 100 Classic Hikes in New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut by Jeffrey Romano.
10. Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket by Jan Mann