CT Trails Day Introduction

Each year on the first Saturday of June, we come together to celebrate National Trails Day. National Trails Day is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service started by the American Hiking Society. As the state affiliate for the American Hiking Society, CFPA was an early adopter of the National Trails Day program. With over 175 events, Connecticut has elevated to the national stage by hosting more events than any other state.

Today, Connecticut Trails Day has expanded into a two-day celebration at many locations throughout our state. Join us the first weekend in June to celebrate trails and the outdoors by promoting recreational activities to protect our trails for future generations.


Trails Day Event Registration

-Click HERE for tips on our Trails Day online event registration process.

-Click HERE for tips on managing your guest registrations.

CFPA event participant waiver.

Trails Day Media Kit

Here are some resources to help our CT Trails Day leaders promote their event. Thanks for helping spread the word!

-CT Trails Day promo video (english/ espanol)

CT Trails Day Press Release

Event Directional Signs

Promotional Tips for Your Event

-CT Trails Day Logo (Logo- jpeg / Logo-png)

CT Trails Day Promotional Flyer

CT Trails Day Promotional Flyer (customizable)



Press Release

It’s Connecticut Trails Day with over 175 free events on June 1-2!


Rockfall, CT – For a small state, Connecticut always goes big when it comes to outdoor recreation! CT Trails Day, held on the first weekend in June every year, is the largest celebration of trails in the nation. “Protecting public access to the outdoors is what we are all about, and Trails Day is the biggest way we invite people to get outside each year,” says Andy Bicking, Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), which has coordinated this annual event since 1993.

CT Trails Day events are free, open to all, and guided by people who are familiar with each site. Events include hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, family walks, educational outings, bird watching, and more for people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. A full listing of events, organized by town and activity can be found at

“Connecticut’s forests, parks, trails, and other special places are so important to our state’s identity and economy,” added Bicking, “Our goal is to raise awareness and engage as many people as possible on our trails to enjoy and appreciate what we have. When people connect to the land and have fun, they are more motivated to help keep special places open, well maintained, and available for everyone to enjoy.”

The success of this large-scale effort, and the sheer number and variety of CT Trails Day events, is because of the many amazing hike leaders who lead the way, along with passionate partners, community organizations, and our dedicated financial supporters. Registration for CT Trails Day opens May 8. Visit to reserve your spot, events will fill up fast.

For media inquiries, please contact Chuck Toal at

A Message from our CT Trails Day Coordinator

Hi, I’m Chuck, Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Trails Day Coordinator for 2024. A warm welcome back to the hundreds of event leaders who have safely guided thousands of participants on Connecticut’s beautiful trails and rivers. Your leadership has made our state’s Trails Day weekend the largest in the country. Welcome back and thank you for leading a 2024 event.  We could never have done it without you!

For anyone who is thinking about leading an event for the first time, it takes a bit of coordinating, but it’s a blast, too. You are joining a select group of extraordinary outdoor leaders. Watch our leader e-newsletters in the coming weeks. We’ll give you tips and suggestions to help you get the word out. The earlier you plan, the more you and your guests will have a safe and fun Trails Day. The CFPA Trails Day team wants to make it easy for you.

CT Trails Day – Join our neighbors to give back to our state’s trails and build a world where everyone feels welcome and has access to the outdoors.

Please feel free to contact me at I’ll see you on the trail!