Do Where I Hike to Savor Connecticut’s Seasonal Blooms
When magenta azaleas, yellow tulips, and fragrant lilacs are in full bloom, I love to hit the trails in the verdant countryside of Washington to enjoy our local flora and its most vibrant. With more than 60 trails covering 518 miles, there is plenty of spectacular scenery to enjoy, whether hiking to the stone tower in Mount Tom State Park or enjoying a picturesque view of Lake Waramaug at the peak of Macricostas Pinnacle, one of the finest overlooks in the state.
Locals like me know it’s essential to depart early in the morning to enjoy the forest at its most peaceful when you’re likely to have the trail to yourself. Rising with the dawn and stretching my legs during an uphill pursuit through meadows, farmland, wooded ridge, and wetlands, I always bring a breakfast picnic of local delicacies to enjoy during sunrise in one of my favorite natural areas: local apple butter from Averill Farms, cheeses from Arethusa Farms, and a hot thermos of coffee from nearby micro-roaster Zero Prophet Coffee.