This site is under development, but it will soon be the primary state web resource for all of Connecticut's trails! A key feature that distinguishes CT Trail Finder from many trail websites and mobile apps is that all data is trail manager approved.
A: CT Trail Finder will be a free, interactive mapping site designed to help Connecticut residents and visitors find hiking, walking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across the state. Our goal is to help people get out, be active, and explore our state’s treasures. Detailed trail description pages will allow users to view the trails, get essential information, submit trip comments and photos, find nearby geocaches, and a whole lot more.
Users will be able to track trail experiences noting trails that they have completed, their favorites, or ones they want to visit.
A: Trail maps are great and essential, however, trying to find comprehensive sources on what trails exist in any given area can be challenging. CT Trail Finder will bring together extensive and up-to-date information about trails in one convenient location. Search tools will help users quickly find the right trail for a Sunday afternoon stroll or short-list a handful of trails to be explored during a week-long vacation. We can edit online trails data when notified by trail managers so that they show up on the website instantaneously. The ability of trail managers and Trail Finder account holders to post announcements and trip reports helps users know what to expect or entice you to choose one trail over another.
We highly recommend bringing a trail map when going out on trails. The CT Trail Finder platform will connect users to the trail manager to find out about what paper maps are available.
A: The advantage of digital maps is that, unlike paper maps, they can be easily updated to reflect changes on the ground. We can update trail postings whenever the conditions on the ground change.
A: Your organization can participate for as long as desired. If you decide to opt in, you are in good company with leading statewide conservation and recreation organizations, state and federal agencies, land trusts, municipalities, and others who are stewards for Connecticut’s network of trails.
A: As a statewide resource, CT Trail Finder will connect a broad and diverse set of users to trail managers. Every trail posting has a link to the Trail Manager website and contact information. This makes the website a great way to let users know about maps for sale, volunteer opportunities and how to get involved in trail stewardship.
A: No, the website works to highlight trail managers as the authority on their trails by listing trail manager contact information and only posting approved content. This distinguishes CT Trail Finder from many trail websites and mobile apps that use crowd-sourced information that may not be accurate. The website is also supported by leading conservation and recreation organizations, including Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and National Park Service. Research shows that new users prefer an “official” resource to rely on as they learn about a new activity in the outdoors. CT Trail Finder will quickly become a recognized, centralized portal that can help users find you.
A: There is a trail status option for trails that are temporarily closed. We also can set alerts that explain closures. For example, if a specific trail within a network is closed during a bird breeding season, we can set the trail system status to Partially Open with an alert describing which trail is closed and for how long. This allows trail managers to get important trail management messages out to the trail users.