Italics = not part of Rail-trail
From mileage chart in article #10C of The Rail Lines of Southern New England by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1995.
Trail is open as an unimproved path between Kettletown Road in Southbury and Route 63 in Naugatuck. The trail was originally designated as a bridle path.
A map of the Hop River Trail is available on page 5 of Appendix A of the Connecticut Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan posted on the Bike-ped Web Page of CT-DOT.
A 8.2 mile section of the trail between Southbury and Waterbury is described in Great Rail Trails of the Northeast by Craig Della Penna. The information includes a historical background of the trail as well as a detailed description keyed to bicycle odometer readings from the author's in person trip down the trail. This book is out-of-print, but many bookstores still have copies for sale.
Metro-North Railroad trains to Waterbury serves Naugatuck Railroad Station on Water St. on a daily basis, about 1.9 south of the Route 63 trailhead via Route 63. Bicycles accommodated in the coaches except on weekday rush-direction trips.
CTTRANSIT Waterbury Division operates fixed route and paratransit services in the Waterbury area through a contract with the Northeast Transportation Company. Fixed route and paratransit bus service is provided to Waterbury, Watertown and Naugatuck Monday through Saturday. For information please call 203-753-2538. City bus routes presumably do not accommodate bicycles!
[1.6 mi. E]
From the "Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994" in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.
A brief history of the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill RR was published as article #10 in The Rail Lines of Southern New England by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1995.
Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.
Updated on June 27, 2001 by Kenyon F.
Unintentional errors are likely!