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Sure, you need a car to get around in suburban Fairfield County. But sometimes that car takes you to places you can just get out and walk.

Compo Beach Westport, CT

Westport’s favorite walking spots include Compo Beach (all year long, and in all types of weather); Winslow Park (perhaps the region’s most famous dog run); the hilly Baron’s South property, and (less well known, but definitely worth checking out) Haskins Preserve.

Lake Mohegan Fairfield, CT

Fairfield’s Lake Mohegan boasts hiking trails, water — even a dog beach.

Weir Farm Wilton, CT

Wilton’s walking attractions include Weir Farm — a national historic site — while in Norwalk, you’ll find varied terrain and attractions at Cranbury Park and Mathews Park.

But fall is the perfect season for longer and more rugged hikes. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive — er, go — too far at all.

Devil’s Den Weston, CT

Devil’s Den straddles the Weston-Redding border. At 1,756 acres, it’s the largest tract of protected land in Fairfield County. With woodlands, wetlands, rock ledges, and a series of ridges and valleys woven with streams and swamps, it’s perfect for both hiking and bird watching.

Trout Brook Reserve Easton, CT

Weston also shares Trout Brook Preserve with Easton. Saved from development by citizen action — now preserved forever as open space — Trout Brook’s 20 miles of trails range from easy to difficult. Autumn at Trout Brook shows off New England nature at its most colorful — including lush apple and blueberry orchards. Some trails are designed for equestrian use.

Putnam Memorial State Park Bethel, CT

Redding and Bethel are home to Putnam Memorial State Park. A wooded winter encampment during the Revolutionary War, it’s particularly lovely — and, now, quiet and peaceful — during autumn.

Huntington State Park Redding, Newtown & Bethel, CT

You’ll find bears and wolves in Huntington State Park, shared by Redding, Newtown and Bethel. Fortunately they’re just sculptures, created by Anna Hyatt Huntington. Non-dangerous wildlife abounds too, in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Of course, you don’t have to confine your hikes to local and state parks.

Lillinonah Trail Newtown, CT

The Lillinonah Trail in Newtown winds for six miles along the banks of that large (for Connecticut) lake, over small hills, through towering hemlock trees and across small streams.

Saugatuck Trail Redding & Weston, CT

The Saugatuck Trail covers eight miles, and connects to other trails in Redding and Weston. Much of it hugs the Saugatuck Reservoir, one of Fairfield County’s favorite fishing spots. (You need a free map from Aquarion Water Company to hike this trail.)

Tarrywile Park Danbury, CT

A Tarrywile Park hike in Danbury covers two to eight miles. Two “high” points are 800-foot views of the surrounding countryside.

Webb Mountain Park Monroe, CT

Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, meanwhile, offers spectacular views of the Housatonic River.

These hikes — and many others — are scenic and invigorating on their own. An added bonus is getting there. Roads along the way are dotted with farm stands. This time of year, big sellers are pumpkins and mums.

Stop by on the trip home, for cold apple cider. You’ve earned it!

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