Update: About three dozen hikers braved a chilly drizzle to welcome the new year with an outdoor adventure at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. Walkers and birdwatchers are welcome on the cart paths while the course is closed for the season, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are permitted when there is snow. Thanks to volunteer hike leaders Kevin Gough and Paula Jones and co-sponsors Bloomfield Leisure Services and Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. (Photos: Paula Jones)
Kick off the new year outdoors! Connect with nature and take a healthy hike (or snowshoe) co-sponsored by Wintonbury Land Trust, Bloomfield Leisure Services, and Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. We’ll highlight the natural beauty of this Town-owned property that is home to the award-winning course designed by Pete Dye and certified a Cooperative Bird Sanctuary by Audubon International.
The hike will be approximately 2.0-2.5 miles, depending on conditions, with stunning vistas of the Metacomet Range, Bloomfield Reservoir, and WLT’s latest acquisition, Beacon Hill Preserve. If there is snow on the ground we’ll snowshoe rather than hike. Meet at 11:00 in the parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please be prepared to take appropriate Covid-19 safety precautions as required, although this should be minimal for an outdoor event. Severe weather will cancel.
Please follow the free registration link at left to help us manage the group size for everyone’s safety. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course property (if you’re not a regular golfer), one of Bloomfield’s most scenic locations! First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. For a list of additional hikes, visit the Connecticut State Parks & Forests events calendar.