The Town Times reports The Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) has released 19th edition of the Connecticut Walk Book. One of two volumes, the first to appear on the shelves is the Walk Book East covering all the trails in eastern and central Connecticut.
The arrival of the book comes on the heels of the 75th anniversary of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, a network of over 800 miles of trails that blanket the state.
Open to the public and free of charge, the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System has been operated and maintained by CFPA as a public service since 1929. The trails boast historic sites, breathtaking views and a variety of terrain from easy to challenging.
A volunteer corps of several hundred trail maintainers ensure that the trails are kept open and well marked. Most residents in eastern Connecticut will find a Blue Trail within 20 minutes of their home.
Edited by Ann Colson and Cindi Pietrzyk, the new edition is a departure from earlier versions, with easier-to-read two-color maps accompanied by informative historical, botanical and archeological explanations for sites along the trails. Its three-ring binder format enables users to remove the maps for convenience.
The maps are the result of a three-year odyssey for volunteers equipped with global positioning units who traversed all 800 miles of trails collecting data. The first Walk Book was published by the association in 1937.
The Connecticut Forest and Park Association is a private, non-profit, membership organization founded in 1895 to conserve the land, trails and natural resources of Connecticut through education, advocacy and stewardship. The 800-mile Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System was founded and is maintained by the association as a free public service for all.