Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
New England Office
has relocated to
Worcester Union Station!

Craig P. Della Penna
& Betsy Goodrich
New England Representatives
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Union Station, Suite 200
2 Washington Square
Worcester, MA 01604

Phone-fax: 508-755-3300


www.new-england-rail-trails.org

Rail-trails of Connecticut

The Web Site was relocated on May 4, 2000 to 
this Server http://members.fortunecity.com/railtrails/ 
because of severe ongoing problems
 with the following Servers:

Folks that use the new Web address:
http://www.new-england-rail-trails.org
are automatically forwarded to this server. 

All E-mail addressed to
  Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org 
is likewise forwarded to the Webmaster
of this Site!

Note that those Web pages still on the Tripod Server at
http://members.tripod.com/Kenyon_Karl/
are still valid (to the Webmaster's knowledge)
despite the absence of any recent updates!

The Webmaster will try to replace the pages of the old sites with 'change of address notices'
 but the importance of updating this new site as well as the 
 sheer size of the old site and the difficulty of making updates
will certainly prolong a very ugly process! 

However, all bookmarks and other references to :
http://www.crosswinds.net/railtrails/
http://railtrails.megalow.com/
http://railtrails.topcities.com/
will lead to defective or out of date Web pages!   


Airline Rail Trail

MA State Line to Putnam CT - Gravel & Ballast

Putnam to Willimantic CT - Gravel & Ballast

Willimantic to East Hampton CT - Gravel & Ballast

Branford

Stony Creek Section of Branford - Gravel - 1.1 miles

Gravel path on abandoned trolley line between Totoket Road and West Point Road in the Stony Creek Section of Branford.

Farmington Valley Greenway

A map of the currently open trail between Cheshire and Hamden as well as its proposed extensions to New Haven and Southington is on the East Coast Greenway Web Site.

A map of the currently open trail between Cheshire and Hamden is available on page 7 of Appendix A of the Connecticut Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan posted on the Bike-ped Web Page of   CT-DOT.

A 6 mile section of the Trail from Hamden (Todd St) to Cheshire (Cornwall St) is described in section 2 of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more. 

A 5.2 mile section of the trail between Cheshire and Hamden 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.

Griffin Line Rail-with-Trail

Proposed Rail-with-trail from Hartford to Simsbury

Hop River State Park Trail

Bolton to Windham - 12 miles - gravel - open to public use - paving proposed

Vernon - 9.1 miles - stone dust -  open to public use

Larkin Trail

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 10.7 mile section of the Trail from Southbury (Kettletown Rd) to Naugatuck (Route 63) is described in section 4 of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more. 

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.

Merritt Parkway

The Merritt Parkway does not have a association with railroad history. Nevertheless, it is a historic highway despite the fact that it is still in daily use by uncounted automobile commuters. The East Coast Greenway has incorporated the Merritt Parkway into its planned route in the hope that the long forgotten plan to build a multi-modal trail alongside the motorway can be revived.    

Two maps of the temporary on-road route of the ECG between New Haven and the NY State Line are available at the East Coast Greenway Web Site. Note that You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these maps!

Newspaper Articles

Middlebury

Adjacent to Route 64 - 4.3 miles - open

A map of the Middlebury Trail is available on page 2 of Appendix A of the Connecticut Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan posted on the Bike-ped Web Page of   CT-DOT.

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

Plainfield to State Line in Sterling - 5 miles

Norwich Heritage Park

A path is under construction on the abandoned railroad bed northward from the old railroad station along the West Bank of the Shetucket River.

Pequonnock River Greenway

Bridgeport to Botsford - Planned

Within Monroe  - 4.5 miles- open

Putnam River Trail

 Within Putnam - 2 miles 

A 2 mile section of the Trail within Putnam is briefly described in section D of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press.

Salisbury Trail

Within Salisbury - unimproved path - 2.5 miles

Southington

Still River Greenway

Windsor Locks Canal Trail

Suffield to Windsor Locks - 4.5 miles - Recently resurfaced.

A map of the Monroe Trail is available on page 3 of Appendix A of the Connecticut Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan posted on the Bike-ped Web Page of   CT-DOT.

Note that this canal trail has no railroad history!


Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on August 06, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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