Connecticut's great outdoor adventures
Alexander Pope created a national craze when he started manufacturing bicycles
for America in his Hartford factory in 1878.
Perhaps he was inspired by Connecticut's rural countryside,
tow-thirds of which is still open land and laced with trails and country roads.
Bicycling is one of the best ways to take in the woodlands, country villages,
farms and coastline.
Connecticut Bicycle Map shows on-road bicycle routes; free.
Write to Connecticut Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Tpke., P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546.
The very extensive network of trails throughout the state, including a
section of the Appalachian Trail in the state's northwest corner
connecting Vermont and New York, have made hiking on of the most popular outdoor activities Connecticut offers visitors.
Annual Walking Weekend, October, Northeast Connecticut. Dozens of guided walks over three
days run the gamut from historic to nature-oriented, rugged to ramble.
Contact Connecticut's Quite Corner, P.O. Box 598, Putman CT 06260-0598/860-928-1228
Over 50 private campgrounds--many with resort-style facilities and activities--plus State Park campgrounds have made "roughing it" a major pasttime.
Connecticut Campgrounds Directory is available annually from the Connecticut Campground Owners Association,
14 Rumford St., West Hartford CT 06107 / 860-521-4704. Or Check out the Web site, www.campconn.com
Fresh Water Fishing
The open season for fishing in lakes and ponds starts on the third Saturday in
April and ends on the last day of February of the following year for trout-stocked ponds
and on March 31 of the following year for other ponds and lakes.
Licenses, required for angleser
16 years and over, are available as three-day or season documents from any Town Clerk in the state.
Anglers Guide is the basic "bible" of fishing in Connecticut.
Connecticut Fish Distribution Report contains useful information on bodies of water throughout the state, the varieties of fish and
amounts of each they are stocked with.
Both are free from DEP-Fisheries Division, 79 Elm St., Hartford CT 06106-5127 / 860-424-3474.
There are between 125,000 and 150,000 boats on and around Long Island Sound,
which laps against 253 miles of Connecticut shoreline, and countless others on Connecticut's main rivers--the Connecticut,
Thames, Housatonic and Quinnipiac--and many lakes, such as Candlewood.
Boating is on of the most popular pastimes in the state.
Boaters Guide, a digest of boating regulations, tidal and freshwater access
areas and directions to them, is available free from Connecticut DEP-Boating Division, 333 Ferry Rd., P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme CT 06371-0280 / 860-434-8638.