This past week Low Dough Trips spoke with David Roberts, Chairman of the Excursions Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club: Connecticut Chapter,  and Len Berton, Hike Leader for Farmington Continuing Education and member of the Sleeping Giant Park Association.

Berton suggested that hikers visit American Legion State Forest in Barkhamsted which has over 11 miles of hiking trails. You can download a  Peoples State Forest Trail Map for free. Berton noted that state parks and forests are not charging for parking right now, i.e. all you need for a great hike is gas money.  Take a look at some the places Berton has hiked in the area.

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Roberts recommended that novice hikers tag along with the Appalachian Mountain Club in order to get some experience, they offer hikes almost daily, check them out here. These hikes are free and open to the public.

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Before heading out take a peek at what the AMC recommends you should bring along