About The AT In Connecticut
The AT in Connecticut is one of the shortest sections by state. (Only West Virginia at 4 miles and Maryland at 40.9 miles have fewer miles within their borders.) Yet, the 50-ish miles of the Nutmeg State make for quite a pleasurable jaunt.
Interestingly, the highest point in the state isn’t a summit. It’s the flank of Mount Frissell (the top of the mountain is in Massachusetts). The tallest mountain located entirely within Connecticut is Bear Mountain (2316′), two miles south of the Massachusetts border. The walk from here to New York is a pleasant mixture of ridge walking, woods walking and a five mile stretch along the Housatonic River.
*Based on 2006-2011 data compiled by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
More about the AT
If you are interested in hiking the trail, you may find my book Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the America’s trail a useful resource. I section-hiked the AT over nearly three decades with a good friend and we learned a lot!
If you are interested in the history of the Appalachian Trail – how the trail came into existence in the first place and the powerful personalities that got it built, you may find my latest book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail a fascinating read.