DEEP: Sky's the Limit

The Sky's the Limit

2016 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge
February thru December 9, 2016

All hikes must be completed by December 9.  Photo entries must also be received by December 9, 2016.

The 2015 “Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge”, was designed to promote hiking in Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests. Hundreds of people enjoyed the opportunity to hike to fourteen of Connecticut’s high peaks and received prizes for their efforts. Because of its success we will be continuing the program in 2016.

In 2016 we will be highlighting bodies of water:  lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, canals, wetlands and Long Island Sound.  Participants in this friendly competition will once again have the opportunity to receive a medallion for hiking at ten designated locations. On January 1, 2017 names will be drawn from those who completed all fourteen hikes and fifty winners will receive a hand-carved hiking staff.

Please follow the steps below.

Step 1:  Hike at one of the 14 CT State Parks or Forests listed. The “B” locations are circled in red on the maps below.

Step 2:  Snap two photos of yourself one at “A” location and one at “B” location listed below.

State Park & Forest Photo Locations (More details at: Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge Details)
(Remember to check www.ct.gov/deep/StateParks to confirm the park is open and plan accordingly):

1.  Mianus River State Park Map (Friends of Mianus River), 284 Merribrook Lane, Stamford, CT  
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Trail Head Treetops Sign
B. Treetops Fireplace located on Laurel Trail as Identified on Map

2. Collis P. Huntington State Park Map, 76 Sunset Hill Rd., Redding, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Collis Entrance Statues Huntington
B. Collis P. Huntington East Lagoon as Identified on Map

3. Squantz Pond State Park Map, 190 Short Woods Rd., New Fairfield, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

A. Shield Sign at Squantz Pond State Park
B. Scenic Overlook on Blue Trail as Identified on Map

4. Black Rock State Park Map, 2049 Thomaston Rd., Watertown, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

A. Shield Sign at Black Rock State Park
B. Blue Trail Scenic View as Identified on Map

5.  Burr Pond State Park Map, 464 Burr Mountain Rd., Torrington, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Burr Pond State Park Shield Sign
B. Blue/Yellow Trail Scenic View on Peninsula as Identified on Map

6.  American Legion State Forest, Henry Buck Trail Map, 269 West River Rd., Barkhamsted
Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

A. Henry Buck Trailhead Sign
B. Sitting on Wall Across from Henry Buck Plaque as Identified on Map

7. Dinosaur State Park Map, 400 West St., Rocky Hill, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

A. Dinosaur State Park Shield Sign
B. Arthropod Interpretive Sign on Blue Trail as Identified on Map

8. Mansfield Hollow State Park Map, Bassett’s Bridge Rd., Mansfield Center, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Mansfield Hollow State Park Shield Sign
B. Yellow Trail Seat and Lake View as Identified on Map

9. Windsor Locks Canal Trail State Park Map, 1272 Canal Road, Suffield, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

A. Canal Road Parking Lot Sign
B. View from trail of King’s Island as Identified on Map

10.  Air Line State Park Trail Map, 121 Riverside Drive, Thompson, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (based on distance)

A. Trailhead Sign in Riverside Drive Parking Area
B. Tri-State Trail Marker, CT/RI/MA as Identified on Map

11. James L. Goodwin Forest Map, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Large Sign by Kiosk Across from Center
B. Platform at Governor’s Island on Pine Acres Pond as Identified on Map

12. Millers Pond State Park Map, 340 Foot Hills Rd., Haddam, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Millers Pond State Park Shield Sign at Entrance
B. View from Southwest Corner of Millers Pond as Identified on Map

13. Devil’s Hopyard State Park Map, 366 Hopyard Rd., East Haddam, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult

A. Devil’s Hopyard Shield Sign at Entrance
B. View from Orange Vista Trail as Identified on Map

14. Bluff Point State Park & Coastal Reserve, Depot Rd., Groton, CT
Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

A. Bluff Point State Park Trailhead Sign
B. View from Bluff on Long Island Sound as Identified on Map

Step 3:  To receive a medallion and certificate, email your photos (a picture of yourself at ten of the “A” and “B” locations listed above), along with your name and home address , to deep.stateparks@ct.gov or mail to CT DEEP State Parks, Sky’s the Limit, 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106.  Entries must be received by December 9, 2016.

Step 4:  To be entered to win a hiking staff, send your photos at all fourteen locations, along with your name and home address to the above address.  On January 1, 2017, 50 winners will be chosen to receive a hand carved hiking staff.  Entries must be received by December 9, 2016.