DEEP announces 2019 hiking challenge for CT

February 21, 2019

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is urging Connecticut residents to take part in the Sky’s the Limit hiking challenge for 2019.

The challenge began in 2015 to promote hiking across Connecticut in forests and state parks.

The theme for 2019 is “supervisor and staff picks” — meaning those who work in the state parks picked some of their favorite places to hike for this year’s challenge.

To be one of 50 winners to receive a hand-carved hiking staff, hikers must visit all fourteen chosen locations. Those who visit 10 of the designated locations will receive a hiking staff medallion or a Sky’s the Limit lapel pin.

Details on how to ensure proper entry to the challenge, follow the steps listed at www.ct.gov/DEEP/SkystheLimit.

All entries are due by Friday, Dec. 6. Winners will be drawn on Jan. 1, 2020.

Before heading out, DEEP encourages hikers to ensure they’re dressed for the weather, especially in the colder months. Hikers should also bring supplies — including water, a whistle, sunblock a map and insect repellent.

Plan ahead by checking www.ct.gov/deep/StateParks to ensure the park is open.

Below are the parks picked for this year’s challenge:

1. Mohawk State Forest, Sharon

2. Kettletown State Park, Southbury

3. Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

4. Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington

5. James L. Goodwin State Forest, Hampton

6. Pachaug State Forest - Green Falls Area, Voluntown

7. Salt Rock Campground, Sprague

8. Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

9. Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

10. Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown

11. American Legion and Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted

12. Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent

13. Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk

14. Horse Guard State Park, Avon