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Connecticut

Enjoy a series of rail trails — including the Air Line Trail, Hop River Trail, and Farmington Canal Heritage Trail — connecting historic mill towns and charming communities.

Total Miles, Spine Route

200

Miles of Protected Greenway

98

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Current Progress

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, D.C. A series of rail trails, including the Air Line Trail and the Hop River Trail, run through this region, connecting historic mill towns such as Willimantic and passing through forests and farmlands.

In central Connecticut, the 47 miles of East Coast Greenway along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail are nearing completion and are a favorite of many Greenway users. 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, with many projects in development.

 

Connecticut Contacts

Designated Trails in Connecticut

Mileage counts reflect the portion of each trail that is part of East Coast Greenway.

  • Moosup Valley Trail, Plainfield; 1.5 mi

  • Quinebaug River Trail, Killingly; 3.8 mi

  • Tracy Road Smart Parks Trail, Killingly/Putnam; 2.3 mi

  • Air Line State Park Trail, Windham County; 10.1 mi

  • Veterans Memorial Greenway, Willimantic; 1.8 mi

  • Willimantic River Trail, 3 mi

  • Hop River Trail, Tolland County; 12 mi

  • Charter Oak Greenway, Manchester-East Hartford; 10.2 mi

  • Great River Park Trail, E.Hartford; 1.5 mi

  • Founders Bridge Path, Hartford – East Hartford; 0.35 mi

  • Phoenix Plaza, Hartford; 0.13 mi

  • Travelers Plaza, Hartford; 0.2 mi

  • Bushnell Park Path, Hartford; 0.5 mi

  • Farmington Canal Greenway, Simsbury-Avon-Farmington-Southington-Cheshire-Hamden-New Haven; 35.6 mi

  • Savin Rock Trail, West Haven; 1.7 mi

  • Vision Trail. 0.6 mi

  • Long Wharf Nature Preserve trail, New Haven; 0.3 mi

  • Silver Sands State Park path, Milford; 0.6 mi
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Trips of Interest

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Itinerary • Bolton, Connecticut

A Trail for All Seasons: Hop River Trail

Enjoy a fat-tire ride or cross-country ski in winter, bike or hikein warmer weather. As recommended by Barbara Amodio.

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Itinerary • Simsbury, CT

Tour of Connecticut's Farmington Valley

3-4 day bike tour recommended by Bruce Donald

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Itinerary • New York City, NY

Day Tour of the Big Apple

1-day cycling/walking tour recommended by Eric Weis

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Greenway Ambassadors

Greenway Ambassadors are our super-volunteers, folks who love the East Coast Greenway and offer to pitch in on events, trail stewardship, social media, and more. Interested in pitching in? Write to Bruce Donald, our Tri-State Greenway Coordinator.

Many thanks to our Connecticut Ambassadors, who include:

  • Barbara Amodio, Bolton
  • Rob Dexter, West Hartford
  • Beverly Duncan, Vernon
  • Kate Gosselin, West Hartford
  • Steven Mitchell, Mitchell Auto Group
  • Stuart Popper, Andover
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A number of Connecticut's Greenway Ambassadors came out to support the River Relay: Beverly Duncan, Barbara Amodio, Bill O'Neill (former board member), and Rob Dexter.

Our Partners in Connecticut

Partners include but are not limited to:

News and features of interest

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July 16, 2019

New Greenway segment opens as part of New Haven waterfront revitalization

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June 21, 2019

Churning up an appetite: Favorite ice cream shops along the East Coast Greenway

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June 13, 2019

Bikes and beers: Favorite breweries along the East Coast Greenway

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