Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Connecticut

The Constitution State

Anyone who drives its Interstates will appreciate why Connecticut enjoys a solid reputation among New Englanders as “the drive-through state.” The highspeed route between Boston and New York City, I‑95, is something endured rather than enjoyed, but our route through the scenic northwest corner is as different from the coastal megalopolis as a tulip is from a truck tire.

Like the neighboring Berkshires, Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills are a traditional retreat for discerning city dwellers. The area is rich in forests, farms, and picturesque little towns laden with antiques and great restaurants. Fast food and discount shopping are as alien to this landscape as affordability, so if your purse strings are tight you’ll want to keep moving; otherwise, linger a while and enjoy some of the rural charm so prized by those people you might see on the cover of Business Week.


Map of Appalachian Trail through Connecticut.

Map of Appalachian Trail through Connecticut.