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New York — By Steve Mirsky on October 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Fairfield County Hiking Guidebook

You don’t have to go far to escape NYC and hit the trails for some serious hiking. Many residents here immediately think Catskills or the Adirondacks for Fall foliage and scenic vistas but Connecticut’s Fairfield County puts the great wide open in the palm of your hand in less than an hour’s drive. At first glance, it appears that the largest parcels of open space are confined to town greens and golf courses, but with Best Easy Day Hikes Fairfield County published by Pequot Press, you’ll know exactly how to get deep in the woods quickly.

Best Easy Day Hikes Fairfield County

Best Easy Day Hikes Fairfield County

First home to Native tribes and then small fishing and farming communities, Fairfield County’s towns are now some of the wealthiest in the nation fueled by financial services and the entertainment industry. Many a star has at one time or another called this area home including the late Paul Newman, Martha Stewart, Keith Richards, David Letterman, and Phil Donahue just to name a few. Chic eateries, shops, and galleries cluster small scale New England town centers with round the clock commuter rail service to the City. Beyond movie stars and financial titans, many others have flocked here over the past few decades. Open space is now at a premium but thanks to far sighted planning, some vast swaths of woodland, meadow, and tidal estuary remain open for exploration. Often hidden and not clearly marked, this guidebook covers 20 hikes sure to take the stress out of where to get away from it all this weekend.

In Connecticut and especially Fairfield County, forest land primarily exists based on a loose federation of public and private entities. Land trusts, municipal parks, and State forests are often cobbled together forming larger masses of preserved land and hiking trails. Many times, even when hiking on an established State Park trail, it is difficult to determine boundaries between public and private land. No trespassing signs crop up on a regular basis but through clear descriptions and illustrations provided in this guidebook, you get the latest driving directions to the trails, clear route maps, accurate landmark descriptions, and GPS coordinates leaving you with no doubt that you are on the right course.

Sure you can go online and print out trail maps, fold them up, stuff them in your pocket or backpack but chances are you won’t have accurate directions to find the trailhead and once you do, you’ll wonder which route is beat and how long it takes. Now you have this pocket sized guidebook packed with all the detail you need! Get out there and let me know your favorites.

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