Connecticut residents can now search for public trails on a new interactive mapping website that launched on June 5.
In honor of National Trails Day, Connecticut Trail Finder is a free website where users can find trails in virtually every corner of the state. Users can start browsing the trails through an interactive map or filtering by categories such as difficulty, distance or popularity.
Funded by the Recreational Trails Fund of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and administered by UConn Extension, the project began in 2020 as a way to encourage residents to spend time outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic when many parks and trails fill to capacity. The creators of Connecticut Trail Finder hope to be a trusted resource for hikers and highlight Connecticut’s less traveled trails.
Trails will be added to the site every week, and users can also add to trails they’ve visited by leaving comments and photos, according to UConn Extension. A calendar of local events and signage for trail-side businesses are being developed, in hopes that trail users can find places to eat or fix their bikes.
“Every trail post on the website is verified by trail managers, stewards and park managers who have a working knowledge of the trail system,” said Kimberly Bradley, program coordinator for the Connecticut Trail Finder and the Connecticut Trail Census. , in a press release.
“Our goal is for the Connecticut Trail Finder to be the go-to resource for residents and tourists alike to discover new trails in their backyards and across the state.”
Users can visit Connecticut Trail Finder at https://www.cttrailfinder.com