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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Farmington. Photo by Don Seaton

Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut

The 200 miles of the East Coast Greenway that run through Connecticut showcase the state’s diversity, from coast to inland, city to country. The eastern part of the state is the most rural area in the corridor between Boston and Washington, DC. A series of rail trails, including the Air Line Trail and the Hop River Trail, run through this region, connecting historic mill towns like Willimantic and passing through forests and farmlands. In central Connecticut the 47 East Coast Greenway miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage trail are nearing completion. Southwest of New Haven along Long Island Sound, the interim on-road route hugs the shore through the suburbs to the Sound Shore communities at the New York line while we advocate for the development of the 37.5-mile Merritt Parkway Trail. Thanks to strong local advocacy, Connecticut has made terrific progress: 48 percent of the Greenway is complete as traffic-free trail, and another 20 percent is in development. A few areas remain, which will require extra time and energy in the coming years.

Current Projects

The Connecticut Committee for the East Coast Greenway consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and Greenway advocacy with public agencies and organizations at the local and state levels. Current committee projects include:

  • Finish the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: New Haven, Cheshire, Plainville
  • Advocate for the feasibility, design, and approval of the Merritt Parkway Trail
  • Construct the Tariffville/Bloomfield/Hartford Spur
  • Finish the gaps in Eastern CT
  • Install ECG signage along the on- and off-road routes in CT
  • Grow committee membership and act as a liaison with advocacy groups and municipalities
  • Designate ECG CT Routes

The committee meets as needed throughout the year. Our last meeting was May 11 at Cromwell Town Hall. We’ll hold a fall 2017 meeting; date and venue to be announced.

How to Get Involved

  1. Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
  2. “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
  • Stuart Popper, State Committee Chair; Director of Planning, Cromwell; 860-670-5423
  • Steve Mitchell, State Committee Vice Chair, former ECGA Trustee; 860-550-0350
  • Bruce Donald, Tri-State Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 860.707.2888

Resources

  • The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device.

Our Partners and Supporters in Connecticut

The East Coast Greenway Alliance is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in Connecticut. Partners include but are not limited to:

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