Connecticut Bike Trails and Maps

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Length
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Air Line State Park Trail

55.9 mi
State: CT
Gravel

Billings Trail

3.3 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Branford Trolley Trail

0.5 mi
State: CT
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

CTfastrak Multi-Use Trail

4.4 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Concrete

Charter Oak Greenway

11.1 mi
State: CT
Asphalt
Accordion

Cheney Rail Trail

1 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Derby Greenway

1.85 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

40 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Farmington River Trail

14.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Hop River State Park Trail

20 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Kress Family Trail

2.5 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Larkin State Park Trail

10.4 mi
State: CT
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Middlebury Greenway

4.4 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

New Milford River Trail

5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Norwalk River Valley Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Pequonnock River Trail

12.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Putnam River Trail

2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quinebaug River Trail

4 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Railroad Ramble

1.7 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Ridgefield Rail Trail

2.3 mi
State: CT
Gravel

Savin Rock Trail

1.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Concrete

Shoreline Greenway Trail

2.3 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Stratton Brook State Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Sue Grossman Still River Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Trolley Trail (CT)

0.75 mi
State: CT
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Air Line State Park Trail winds for just over 55 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, ...
CT 55.9 mi Gravel
Open in several disconnected segments, the Billings Trail is a dirt path that traverses a lovely scenic and wooded landscape outside Norfolk in northern Connecticut. Built on the abandoned railbed of the ...
CT 3.3 mi Dirt
The Branford Trolley Trail is essentially a long footbridge occupying an old bridge along the route of an abandoned trolley track. The bridge links nature trails on both sides of the water through a marsh ...
CT 0.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
A part of Connecticut's first bus rapid transit line, the CTfastrak Trail serves as recreational and multi-use path for walking and bicycling between Downtown New Britain and Newington Junction. The paved ...
CT 4.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Charter Oak Greenway is a paved, multi-use trail connecting parks with residential and commercial areas. The trail runs for 11 miles between Bolton and downtown Hartford, though there is currently ...
CT 11.1 mi Asphalt
The Cheney Rail Trail follows part of the corridor of the South Manchester Railroad, built by the Cheney brothers in 1869. The line was a 2.5-mile spur from the main Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill ...
CT 1 mi Crushed Stone
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 ...
CT 1.85 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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 ...
CT 40 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
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 ...
CT 14.9 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Hop River State Park Trail is one of Connecticut's longest rail-trails. Narrow cuts and a lush tree canopy make for enjoyable visits year-round. Near its western end is the Charter Oak Greenway, ...
CT 20 mi Crushed Stone
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, ...
CT 2.5 mi Dirt
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 ...
CT 10.4 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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 ...
CT 4.4 mi Asphalt
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 ...
CT 5.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
The Naugatuck River Greenway segment in Beacon Falls offers a short, but scenic route along the river that is paved and well-lighted. Just north of the trail's end at the Depot Street Bridge, lies Volunteer ...
CT 0.3 mi Asphalt
The first phase of the New Milford River Trail runs southeast from Gaylordsville via the scenic but lightly traveled River Road, through Sega Meadows to Boardman Bridge, a distance of about 5 miles. Thanks ...
CT 5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
When completed, the Norwalk River Valley Trail will run from Danbury to Long Island Sound in southwestern Connecticut, for a total of about 27 miles. Currently, several disconnected sections totaling nearly ...
CT 5.8 mi Asphalt
The Pequonnock River Trail—portions of which are also known as the Housatonic Railway Rails to Trails, Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail and Pequonnock Valley Greenway—is a developing system stretching from ...
CT 12.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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, ...
CT 2 mi 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, ...
CT 4 mi Asphalt
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 ...
CT 1.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
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 ...
CT 2.3 mi Gravel
The Savin Rock Trail offers just over a mile of paved pathway along West Haven’s coastline. Along the way, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of Long Island Sound and access to its sandy beaches. The west ...
CT 1.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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, ...
CT 2.3 mi 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 ...
CT 1.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
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, ...
CT 2.9 mi Asphalt
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CT 0.75 mi Asphalt
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 ...
CT 4 mi Crushed Stone
Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk March 1–November 30."  The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks Canal ...
CT 4.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Derby Greenway

Best for walking, not biking.

February, 2017 by shortgal

The trail is not very wide (fits about four people across) and not really long enough for a decent bike ride. Best suited to walking. As others have said there are a lot of sections that are not shaded.

If you want a longer walk you can cross Division St and walk a section that was added on the Ansonia side. There are a few short inclines, most of the trail is flat.

Pequonnock River Trail

Nice winter scenery

January, 2017 by slipsoup

Unfortunately our ride on this trail was cut short due to the weather, combined with having to ride on the road. We started in Bridgeport near Glenwood Park. There was parking on the street near the start of the trail on Crown Rd. I'd suggest skipping the first segment of the trail that "starts" near the Bridgeport Transportation Center. This part is basically a brief road ride through a not so nice section of the city. The ride through Glenwood Park is nice, as it flanks the river. To continue to Twin Brooks Park and the continuation of the trail, you have to go left on Route 127 (White Plains Rd.). You can access Route 127 to the right, past a metal gate, just after passing remnants of a stone structure. If you bear left after this structure, you'll cross a bridge over the river to a parking lot. We look forward to returning to ride the rest.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Southington-Farmington Construction Updates

December, 2016 by martinip

With the southern section nearly continuous from New Haven to Southington (minus the West Main Street-Cornwall Avenue gap in Cheshire), the next major gap is Plainville and its surroundings. The Curtiss Street-Lazy Lane segment is due to be constructed as part of the SRS Superfund remediation, though it looks like not much has been done yet besides brush-cutting. The small bridge immediately north of Curtiss Street has also been re-decked for trail use. Lazy Lane-West Queen Street is in the early stages of planning as a state project and will bring the trail almost to the end of the active railroad.

Heading north from Plainville, the trail construction from Northwest Drive to Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington is moving right along, with most of the trail already paved. The last major piece here will be the Route 6 bridge, which is due to be installed in 2017.

The active railroad between Birch Street in Southington and Northwest Drive in Plainville will present challenges to resolving the remaining gap, but a study is underway to determine the best possible routing.

Accordion

Air Line State Park Trail

Construction Update - South

December, 2016 by martinip

Was in East Hampton briefly yesterday - it looks as though work is now underway to extend the trail west from the center of East Hampton to Alden's Crossing. Grading had been done and there were new railings on the footbridge east of Alden's Crossing. The next segment will be from Alden's Crossing to the Portland town line, with Portland also beginning work to build out its portion of the trail.

Air Line State Park Trail

Air Line Trail going north.

December, 2016 by trainman1957

Wonderful news, the bridge is in going north in Thompson,Ct it is in finally. Now you can walk only over the bridge. Soon in the spring you will be able to ride from Putnam to the Mass line.

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail (WIndsor Locks Canal Towpath)

Closed for Eagle Nesting

December, 2016 by lindseylouise24

The trail is closed from November to April for Eagle nesting! Happy for the birds. Made me bike somewhere else and find some delicious roadside turnips.

Larkin State Park Trail

Disappointed

November, 2016 by susanrider

I drove about 50 minutes to the trailhead in Naugatuck and from the parking lot, the trail rose about 40 degrees and was rough and covered with leaves. Perhaps it smooths / levels out a bit later, but it looked as it it were suitable for a mountain bike only. I drove to another trail.

Air Line State Park Trail

Airline Trail - North

October, 2016 by CW4

I started at South Brook ST just west of Route 6. The surface of the trail was improved but with rough rocky gravel (1") on the surface. There was 3 1/2 miles of that, then it changed to a hard packed surface that was fun and easy to ride. I went the remaining 7 miles to Promfret Station, at the Route 169 crossing. From there it was back to the start, just over 11 miles. It was a very pretty ride except for the rough gravel at the start and end of my trip.

The remaining trail to Windham is in fine shape as I have done it on another trip. It is about 6 miles to the Route 6 crossing and another 2.5 to the Frog Bridge in Willimantic.

I hear that a sewer line is to be installed within the last 3 miles of the trail right-of-way in 2017 or 2018. That will complete the trail to the Quinnibaug River in Putnam.

Putnam River Trail

Nice But Noisy

October, 2016 by ctbiker_tl

This trail is perfect for families or anyone wanting to walk, run, or bike, in a safe place.
It has a nice dog park, a bike repair station, picnic tables, benches, canoe launch, and other things that make this place very inviting. I love how it follows the river with scenic views.
The town seems to be committed to expanding and improving the trail, although the picnic table need some work.
The one drawback is the road is too close and has very heavy traffic and noise!
I guess we can't have it all :-)

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Farmington Canal Trail - New Improvments

October, 2016 by CW4

I recently road the newly constructed Cheshire Section, West Main Street to Route 322 in Southington. It is in place and ready to use. It will be officially opened in December but don't let that stop you. I thought it was very pretty. If you roll on north to the trails current end in Southington near Curtiss Street, it is 8 miles one way.

When you get back to West Main Street, if you have more energy, turn left on West Main and right on Walnut. Go 3/4 miles to Cornwall where you can continue south toward New Haven. Rumor has it that the missing 3/4 section is designed and will be started in 2017.

A new section of the Farmington Canal Trail is under construction from Northwest Drive in Plainville to the current southerly terminus in Farmington. A 2017 finished is possible for this new piece of trail. All that will leave out is the short Southington and Plainville sections.

Pequonnock River Trail

nice trail

October, 2016 by kmanto

My husband and I tried this for the first time. Really nice quiet trail. Just be careful as there are steep drop offs on one side. Lovely and will return!!

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

New section in Cheshire

October, 2016 by pausau

A new 1.5 mile section opened in Cheshire in September 2016. It is not connected to the northern terminus of the old section at Cornwall Ave., but is easily reached from that point by taking a one-mile detour on lightly-used Willow Street. Within this section from W. Main St. (Rt. 68) to Jarvis St. there are the abutments of two bridges that once carried other tracks over this railroad and canal. At each site there is a large sign which was blank when I was there but should soon describe what was there. There is also a well-built observation platform overlooking a stagnant pond. This may have been a wide spot in the canal where barges going in oposite directions could pass.
Just north of Jarvis St. there is a large parking lot with two composting toilets. The trail north of here seems to be almost completed all the way to connect with the existing section in Southington, but there was a sign indicating closed, under construction when I was there. A very interesting little section.

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