State says take a hike, take a selfie, win a prize

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Today the state rolled out a new program, designed to get more people hitting some of the state’s beautiful hiking trails in state parks and forests over the coming year.  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced “The Sky’s the Limit” 2015 hiking challenge.

DEEP will be drawing prizes for hikers who send in pictures, showing them hitting state trails.   People who hike up to ten of the state’s designated locations have the chance to win a medallion.  For hiking up all 14 of the state’s high peaks, 50 families will win a hiking staffs.  Winners will be drawn on January 1, 2016.

Here are the rules from the DEEP news release:

Step 1:  Hike at one of the 14 CT 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 & Forest Photo Locations (not all locations are open year round, so remember to checkwww.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 Ave., 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 St., New Milford
  6. Macedonia Brook State Park, Scenic Vista, 159 Macedonia Brook Rd., Kent
  7. Mohawk Mountain State Forest, Mohawk Scenic Vista, 20 Mohawk Mountain Rd., 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 Mt. Carmel, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden
  12. Southford Falls State Park, Fire Tower, 175 Quaker Farms Rd., Rt. 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 Ave., Hamden
Step 3:
Email your photos (a picture of the shield sign and photo of yourself at the above 10 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 December 11, 2015.
Step 4:
Email your photo (a picture of the shield sign and photo of yourself at the above 14 locations), along with your name and home address 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 December 11, 2015 and you will be entered to win one of 50 hiking staffs, you do not need to be present the day of the drawing.  On January 1, 2016, the winners will be chosen at one of the First Day Hikes.

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