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Autumn Leaves are Falling Down

“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."  Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summer vacations are over, and it seems like everyone is back to school or work.  Take advantage of the fact that the weather is still warm and there are fewer crowds at some of your favorite parks.  Why not get outside and take a closer look at the changes in the air? 
Here’s an activity you and your family might enjoy: Take a stroll through a wooded area and see how many different leaf colors you can find.  If you’re feeling ambitious, see how many trees you can identify by their leaves using this chart: The Colors of Fall
Take a look at our Fall Foliage Website, which includes a variety of choices to make your fall foliage excursion a success:
Fall Foliage Report – This webpage features an interactive color gradient map.  Roll your cursor over the dates below the map to see the predicted times of peak foliage.
Scenic Views & Hiking Locations – Includes links to state parks and forests where you can hike to a few of Connecticut’s best scenic viewing areas
Fall Foliage Driving Routes - Shows seven driving routes in Connecticut. 

The Sky’s the Limit
Our final Centennial Event has ended, but the Challenge is just beginning!  Check out some pictures from September 13, when The Sky’s the Limit event was held at Haddam Meadows State Park.  The weather was cloudy and cool, but the rain held off as participants enjoyed a host of activities.  If you missed it, don’t despair, because the Hiking Challenge is about to get underway!
We have selected these 14 peaks in Connecticut’s State Parks & Forests for the Challenge.  You must complete 10 hikes to win a medallion.  If you complete all 14 hikes, your family will win a hiking staff. The event will kick-off on January 1, 2015.  Stay tuned for more information and rules for this challenge.

• Dennis Hill State Park, Route 272, Norfolk 
• Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Park Avenue, Groton
• Haystack Mountain State Park, Route 272, Norfolk
• Lovers Leap State Park, Love’rs Leap Road, New Milford
• Macedonia Brook State Park, 159 Macedonia Brook Road, Kent
• Mohawk Mountain State Park, 20 Mohawk Mountain Road, Goshen
• Hurd State Park, Route 151, East Hampton
• Mount Tom State Park, Route 202, Litchfield
• Pachaug State Forest, Route 49, Voluntown
• Shenipsit State Forest, Gulf Road, Somers
• Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden
• Southford Falls State Park, 175 Quaker Farms Road, Southbury
• Talcott Mountain State Park, Route 185, Simsbury
• West Rock Ridge State Park, Wintergreen Avenue, Hamden

SoJourn 2014

This year’s SoJourn was a great success as the weather cooperated and twenty three participants biked, hiked and paddled from American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted to Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.  Take a look at some pictures from this year, perhaps we can entice you to join us next year!
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