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New Year’s Day hikes planned at Connecticut parks

December 30, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free, guided hikes are being offered at various state parks across Connecticut on New Year’s Day.

It’s part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative taking place in all 50 states. Hikes are planned at 11 Connecticut locations Tuesday.

Department Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee says the agency is excited to be part of the “national effort to get people outdoors and into our state parks.” He says Connecticut has hundreds of miles of trails.

The hikes range from easy to moderately strenuous. They include following the old rail bed at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam; a walk along the Connecticut River at Haddam Meadows State Park; and a two-mile trek through Kettletown State Park in Southbury, where hikers can see May’s tornado damage.

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