Every season brings new outdoor opportunities. Hiking is one of the best ways to get connected to the natural world! Take the time to renew & refresh your spirit by getting outside. Whether hiking solo, or with family & friends, you're bound to discover something new.

Try something different like combining art with nature. Above, the Storm King Art Center this fall in New York's Hudson Valley - the center re-opens in April - the perfect time for a spring hike. 

Above, Storm King Art Center.

The Steep Rock Association in Washington, Connecticut offers many beautiful preserved spaces with magnificent views of the Litchfield Hills. Above is the Macricostas Preserve. 

Above, a viewing platform at Meeker Swamp in the Macricostas preserve is the perfect vantage point from which to observe birds and enjoy the serenity of the place.

There's a stunning view from the top of one of the varied trails at Macricostas Preserve.

Above, at Macricostas Preserve.

Audubon Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut has beautifully maintained trails.

Above, photo taken from a bird blind at Audubon Greenwich. Bird blinds are often found along trails - they are small, camouflaged shelters from which we can observe wildlife without disturbing wildlife.

Above, the lake at Audubon Greenwich.

Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, Connecticut is a place where you can enjoy nature, take a walk and experience history. This is the site of the Continental Army's 1779 winter encampment and in addition to the remains of the encampment and a museum, there is an easy walking trail.

The Cross River Reservoir & Dam in Westchester County, New York boasts a spectacular view from the dam as well as a peaceful walk near the reservoir.

Above, Cross River Dam & Reservoir.

Above, the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, Connecticut.

Also in Wilton, Connecticut is the beautiful Wilton Town Forest.

Above - at Wilton Town Forest.

Above, Bear Mountain Reservation in Danbury, Connecticut. This property is great to hike in the summer, and return in the winter - compare what you see!

Clamber down the rocks to get this magnificent view at Bear Mountain Reservation. 

Then climb back for this!

The sign pictured above says it all! Wildlife should be left in the wild. Take Only Photos. Leave Only Footprints. And enjoy nature.

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