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DEEP Announces 2024 Sky’s the Limit Hiking and Walking Challenge

Program Promotes Exploring Connecticut State Forests

Ready for an outdoor hiking adventure? Go on your own, grab a friend, or bring your leashed four-legged companion along for the 2024 Sky’s The Limit (STL) Hiking Challenge focused on Connecticut’s State Forests. The 2024 STL kick-off on March 22nd is a celebration of spring by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Take the challenge to get outside for some fresh air and physical exercise. Hike and walk the highlighted trails and take designated photos along the way for a fun outdoor experience. Fifteen State Forest locations will be identified for participants to explore, with varying scenery and highlights at each location. The adventurous and fun challenge runs through December 6, 2024.

Did you know that there are 33 State Forests in Connecticut, and that forests cover an estimate of between 57% and 60% of the State’s land area? This year’s STL Hiking Challenge features hikes at approximately half of the State Forests. Participants who hike or walk 10 of the 15 forest trails will receive a 2024 “Sky’s the Limit” hiking staff medallion and a certificate for their efforts. For hiking or walking all 15 locations, 50 participant names will be randomly drawn to receive a hand-carved hiking staff made by the DEEP sawmill or from the Connecticut Woodcarver's Association, in addition to the medallion and certificate.

Follow the DEEP State Parks Facebook and Instagram pages for information, @CTStateParks. Specific details of all 15 State Forest locations and how to be a part of the challenge can be found on the Sky’s the Limit webpage.

“Spring is finally here, and it’s a great time for residents to get outside on our state forest trails to enjoy the beauty that spring has to offer, said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. This hiking challenge is open to all and free to participate in, so gather up your family, friends, colleagues, or classmates and join in the fun of the Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge.”

Connecticut State Parks and Forests are free to enter for those driving a Connecticut registered vehicle thanks to the Passport to the Parks program.

Established in 1913, the mission of the Connecticut State Park System is to provide natural resource-based public recreational and educational opportunities through a system of state park and forest recreation areas, environmental centers, and nature centers that provide an understanding of, access to, and enjoyment of the state’s historic, cultural, and natural resources.Connecticut has 110 state parksand 33 state forests attractingaround 17 million visitors eachyear. For more information on Connecticut State Parks, visit our new website, Connecticut State Parks and Forests (

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