Cross Country Skiing Trails in Connecticut

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  • Air Line State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 49.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Air Line Trail State Park winds for nearly 50 miles from the northeast corner of Connecticut, where the state borders Massachusetts, down to East Hampton in the heart of the state. Over the state border, you can make a contiguous connection ...
  • Charter Oak Greenway

    State: CT
    Length: 9.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Charter Oak Greenway is a paved, multi-use trail connecting parks and the Captain John Bissell Greenway in East Hartford with residential and commercial areas. The trail runs for 9.8 miles between Forbes Street in East Hartford and Porter ...
  • Derby Greenway

    State: CT
    Length: 1.85 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Derby Greenway runs between Division Street and Main Street, paralleling the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers. The trail runs on top of a flood control dyke for the rivers; a portion of it goes across O'Sullivan's Island. One of the centerpieces ...
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 40 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

    Running north from the Yale University campus in New Haven through the heart of Connecticut, the multi-use Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, when completed will stretch uninterrupted more than 80 miles from New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts. ...
  • Farmington River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 14.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Farmington River Trail is built upon the former Central New England Railroad corridor and runs between the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail near Tunxis Meade Park and the Simsbury town line. A short disconnected section of trail extends between ...
  • Hop River State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    Hop River State Park Trail is one of Connecticut's top rail-trails. Narrow cuts and a lush tree canopy make for enjoyable visits year-round. Most of the route, from the Manchester–Vernon town line to Hop River Road, follows a crushed stone surface. ...
  • Housatonic Rail-Trail in Trumbull (Pequonnock Valley Greenway)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    The Housatonic Rail-Trail in Trumbull, a.k.a., the Pequonnock Valley Greenway, offers a shady respite from suburban Trumbull, this fairly flat trail overlooks the winding Pequonnock River for much of its 3.4 miles. Rapids and distinctive rock ...
  • Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail in Monroe

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Housatonic Rail-Trail in Monroe is a northern continuation of the Trumbull segment of the rail-trail. Locals refer to it as the Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail. The 4.3-mile trail is largely forested and is a convenient bike route to William ...
  • Kress Family Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Kress Family Trail follows an old rail bed of the former Shepaug Railroad, which winds along the Shepaug River. The flat, 2.5-mile trail is popular with cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter, while hikers enjoy the trail during the ...
  • Larkin State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    Canopied with deciduous trees for most of its 10.4 miles, the Larkin State Park Trail (a.k.a. Larkin Bridle Path) is primarily a wilderness trail, with wooded vistas, wetland views and sparse residential development. Its railroad past began ...
  • Middlebury Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The delightful asphalt Middlebury Greenway winds 4.4 miles through the residential community of Middlebury, connecting businesses, parks and neighborhoods. The popular trail offers residents an off-road option for running errands and welcomes ...
  • Moosup Valley State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    This 5.8-mile trail is part of the planned East Coast Greenway, an off-road path that will eventually run from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The Moosup Valley State Park Trail will connect with Rhode Island's Washington Secondary Bike ...
  • Norwalk River Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    When completed, the Norwalk River Vally Trail will run from Long Island Sound to Danbury, about 27 miles. To date, disjointed sections are complete in Norwalk and Wilton.
  • Putnam River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy Drive, with views of Cargill Falls. The trail ...
  • Quinebaug River Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    As of January 2012 the Quinebaug River Trail has two segments. The southern segment follows the course of the Quinebaug River in Danielson, beginning at the intersection of Palmer Street and Prospect Avenue, crossing a bridge over Fivemile Pond ...
  • Railroad Ramble

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

    The Railroad Ramble occupies a corridor abandoned by the Central New England Railroad, which provided service from 1871 through 1967. In Lakeville, the trail can be found just off of Route 41 behind the recreational complex. You'll have to climb ...
  • Ridgefield Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Ridgefield Rail-Trail meanders for nearly 2.5 miles through the forested exburbs of Ridgefield, Connecticut. The trail passes among suburban acreages, along a creek at one point, and past a couple of the town's parks and open spaces, including ...
  • Shoreline Greenway Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    When complete, Connecticut's Shoreline Greenway Trail will be a scenic 25-mile route through four quaint New England towns off Long Island Sound. From Lighthouse Point to Hammonasset Beach State Park, the trail will connect parks, schools, town ...
  • Stratton Brook State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    The Stratton Brook State Park Trail presents a great way to work up an appetite for a picnic at Stratton Brook State Park, the first state park in Connecticut to be entirely wheelchair accessible. The park also offers picnic areas, as well as ...
  • Sue Grossman Still River Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sue Grossman Still River Greenway runs for nearly 3 miles through a wooded corridor between Lanson Drive and Harris Drive in Torrington. The paved trail occupies the old right-of-way for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad's Naugatuck ...
  • Trolley Trail (CT)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Trolley Trail runs through Plainfield and is a key link the East Coast Greenway. Plans are to use this trail as a link between the Moosup Valley State Park Trail and the Airline State Park Trail.
  • Vernon Rails-to-Trails (Hop River State Park Rockville Spur)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Thanks to skilled engineers with the former Hartford, Providence, & Fishkill Railroad, the pretty Vernon Rails-to-Trails overlooks ravines and streams and passes between rock walls verdant with ferns and lichen. Crossing a wooded terrain of ...
  • Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail (WIndsor Locks Canal Towpath)

    State: CT
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks Canal between Windsor Locks and Suffield. This trail provides scenic views of the river and canal, and the corridor is home to a variety of wildlife. ...