Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a release that is "joins
America’s State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes at four state parks
on Jan. 1, 2014.
This is the release:
First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at a state park in
Massachusetts. In 2012, for the first time, all 50 state park systems
joined together to sponsor First Day hikes, offering 400 hikes
nationwide. In Connecticut, hikes are scheduled at Sleeping Giant State
Park, Hamden; Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield; Hammonasset Beach
State Park, Madison and Osbornedale State Park, Derby.
Day hikes offer a convenient way to get outside, meet new people,
exercise, and welcome the New Year with friends and family,” said Daniel
C. Esty, Commissioner of the DEEP. “For the third year Connecticut is
participating as we once again join all forty nine other states that
will provide First Day hikes for 2014.”
Hikers may choose a time that fits their schedule:
· Mansfield Hollow State Park’s hike begins at 11:00 AM
· Hammonasset State Park (Meigs Point) at 1:00 PM
· Osbornedale (Kellogg Environmental Center) at 1:00 PM
· Sleeping Giant State Park’s hike begins at 1:30 PM.
dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. Dogs are not
permitted on the Hammonasset and Sleeping Giant hikes. Dogs are allowed
on the Mansfield Hollow and Osbornedale State Park hikes, but must be
on a leash. Choose your hike based on the abilities of your group, some
of them are relatively flat and others involve a degree of rock
scrambling. The hikes range from one to five miles.
Hollow State Park will be hosting two hikes. The 2.2 mile hike is a
relatively flat loop starting from the parking lot on Bassetts Bridge
Road along the dike towards route 89 in Mansfield. This easy wide
beautiful trail will eventually turn into a deeper wooded section
looping back to the parking lot. Hikers will see lots of beautiful
pines and a brief overlook of the reservoir on the way back. The 4.5
mile hike goes on trails past the boat launch and wrap around the lake
at Mansfield Hollow. Hikers will view a number of scenic points along
the way overlooking the reservoir.
Hammonasset Beach State Park’s walk will cover about a mile or so with a few stops along the way to talk about the history
of Hammonasset Beach from prehistoric times to the present day. Meet at
Meigs Point Nature Center. The walk will last about 1 hour.
Osbornedale State Park hike will be a moderate to strenuous 2.5 mile
loop. Meet at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave.,
Derby. The hike is on the red trail, past old stone foundations and
ponds and through fields and forests as hikers learn about the history
of the farm. Free coffee and hot chocolate will be served after the
hike. Dogs on leashes are invited to participate.
Sleeping Giant Park Association invites hikers to join them and help
usher in the New Year at the Giant. The hike will involve traveling
over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling.
At some point in the hike, the group may break into two smaller groups,
with one returning to the starting point after about 1 1/2 hours, while
the other group will continue for another hour or so. Hikers should be
in good physical condition to participate.