The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Parks Division is celebrating the start of Spring today by announcing the 2021 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge!

The Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge began in 2015 to promote hiking in Connecticut’s state parks and forests. This year’s challenge is a great opportunity to hike “Bridges, Footbridges and Boardwalks” that are part of 20 trails within various Connecticut State Parks and Forests. Those who complete the challenge will receive a “Sky’s the Limit” hiking staff medallion and certificate to commemorate their accomplishment!

“Sky’s the Limit is a great way to explore Connecticut’s state parks and forests while joining others in a friendly challenge to visit all 20 locations handpicked by those who know the parks best – the staff of our state parks system,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Our state parks and forests, which are free to enter for those driving Connecticut registered vehicles thanks to the Passport to the Parks program, are such tremendous resources for us in this state, and their importance was underscored in 2020 by the significant increase in usage we saw due to the pandemic. We anticipate that will continue this spring and summer, and the Sky’s the Limit Challenge is a great way to get acquainted, or re-acquainted with many of our wonderful state parks.”

Participants in this friendly competition have the opportunity to receive a medallion and certificate for hiking to 15 designated locations. For hiking all 20 locations, 50 people will receive a hand-carved hiking staff. Names will be drawn from all who complete the 20 designated hikes.

Go here for more information on this year’s challenge, including the specific locations for taking photographs.

2021 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge Locations:

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
Lovers Leap State Park,

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