Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut
Air Line Trail
The 198-mile Connecticut East Coast Greenway route shows off the diversity of Connecticut from coast to inland, city to country. The eastern part of the state, sometimes referred to as the “last green valley”, is the most rural area in the corridor between Boston and Washington, DC. A series of rail trails, including the Air Line Trail North and the Hop River Trail, run through this region connecting historic mill towns like Willimantic and pass through forests and farmlands between. In the western half of the state, the Greenway connects the major cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Stamford and allows users to experience history while touring the Farmington Canal Greenway from Simsbury to New Haven. Southwest of New Haven along Long Island Sound, the interim on-road route hugs the shore through the suburbs to the New York line while we advocate for new trail development in the Merritt Parkway right-of-way.
28% of the 198-mile route is complete as traffic-free trail, and another 28% is in development. A few areas remain where the Alliance and its partners will need to devote extra time and energy in the coming years. These areas include the Merritt Parkway Trail, envisioned to parallel the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County (read an article about the proposed Merritt Parkway Trail), the Farmington Canal Greenway between Southington and Farmington, and the route from Hartford to Simsbury. Local advocacy in the state is strong, and we expect continuing progress over the years. View CT Governor Daniel Malloy interviewed by Steve Mitchell.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Connecticut, visit the CT Committee page.
Equestrians on the Air Line Trail
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
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. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhones and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Connecticut. Partners include but are not limited to:
- Bike Walk Connecticut
- Connecticut Bicycle Coalition
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Connecticut Department of Transportation
- Connecticut Explorer’s Guide
- Connecticut Forest & Park Association
- Connecticut Greenway Council
- Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association
- Farmington Valley Trails Council
- Greenwich Safe Cycling
- Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance (See their Facebook Page here)
- Plainville Greenway Alliance
- South West Regional Planning Agency
Connecticut Mile Sponsors – thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on our website and will eventually be posted in a kiosk along the route in Connecticut. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.
Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance
Charter Oak & Hop River Greenway Map (updated 2015)
Connecticut Explorer’s Guide
Farmington Canal Greenway
ConnDOT Index of Trails
Shoreline Greenway Trail
VisitConnecticut list of walking, hiking, and biking trails