This weekend, Connecticut will host Connecticut Trails Day Weekend —the largest National Trails Day (NTD) celebration in the nation with 259 events scheduled in 152 towns on over 560 miles of trail throughout the state. Nearly every town in Connecticut will be taking part in this annual tradition, which will feature events for everyone, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and more.

These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, education programs, and land trusts.

In Trumbull, join hike leaders Rich Coffey, John Lauria and Kevin Malone on June 1 at 10 a.m. at Indian Ledge Park for an outdoor adventure sponsored by the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center. Park next to the dog park at Indian Ledge. Then take a scenic hike through Pequonnock River Valley’s rugged highlands. We will descend to the Pequonnock River for a cool break, then return up through the “Central Maze” and “Great Rift Valley” to the starting location.

As part of NTD, a nationwide hiking initiative established by the American Hiking Society in 1993, Connecticut's weekend-long celebration is coordinated by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Connecticut's land, trails, and natural resources. This long-standing event celebrates the state's spectacular trails, the many joys and benefits they provide, and the countless supporters and volunteers who make them possible.

The success of Connecticut Trails Day Weekend would not be possible without strong participation by organizations like the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Connecticut Library Consortium, Connecticut State Library, land trusts, town agencies, outdoors-oriented businesses, volunteers, dedicated sponsors, and CFPA.

To view the full listing of events, see the Connecticut Trails Day Weekend booklet online at www.ctwoodlands.org/CT-TrailsDayWeekend2013 . Free printed booklets will be available in mid-May at Connecticut public libraries, Stop & Shop stores, various outdoor retailers, and at CFPA's office in Rockfall while supplies last.