Celebrate the New Year by hiking Connecticut State Parks

Sleeping Giant State Park (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On New Year’s Day, all state parks will be free to get into. Also, DEEP will be offering First Day Hikes through the parks.

America’s State Parks offers free, guided hikes all across the country. Free guided First Day Hikes in Connecticut will be:

Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, 1 PM, moderate, 2.5 mile hike of Osbornedale State Park.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, 1 PM, easy, one hour hike, meet at Meigs Point Nature Center.

Mansfield Hollow State Park, Bassett’s Bridge Rd., Mansfield, CT, 11 AM (arrive by 10:45 AM), moderate, 2 hikes – 4.5 mile & 2.2 mile, meet in the Mansfield Hollow Recreation Area parking lot.

Scantic River State Park, Melrose Road, East Windsor, 1 PM, moderate, 2.5 mile hike, 2 hours, meet in parking lot at end of Melrose Road off Broad Brook Road.

Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden, 1:30 PM (arrive by 1:15 PM), strenuous, 1 ½ hr. & 2 ½ hr. hikes, meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk.

For more information on America’s State Parks and First Day Hikes across the U.S., click here.

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