Derby Greenway


Derby Greenway Facts

States: Connecticut
Counties: New Haven
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Division Street and Main Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015451
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Derby Greenway Description

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 of the trail is the footbridge on the Housatonic side from which you get great views of the river.

The Derby Greenway will eventually be part of the larger Naugatuck Valley Greenway. The trail will eventually cross the Naugatuck River to Shelton. In addition, the town of Ansonia is currently designing sections that will be linked to the Derby Greenway.

The trail is open from dawn to dusk.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Main Street; under the Commodore Hull Bridge; at the train station; and at the Division Street end.

Derby Greenway Reviews

It's really pretty, walked along the train track

Full of goose crap. Loud and noisy. Thought it would be serene and picturesque by the river, but it was really industrial and boring, with no shade. The parking lot in Derby sucks. The bridge in Derby was full of firework debris, paper and junk. Very disappointed.

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.


While you are near some major roadways and there isn't much shade on the longest stretch, the beautiful scenery of the river makes it a worthwhile trip. Also, if you start near the Shelton side and walk the whole length, you end up at a Stop & Shop so you can go in for refreshments and a snack. We're from PA and were visiting relatives in CT when we wanted to get out for a nice walk. This was a great track to follow for my wife, 9 year old son and I.

Did the whole trial today was very nice

It's a nice walk but since they banned dogs from the walkway I refuse to go.. It's sad that there are no paved walkways for those who want to walk their furry Freinds and don't want to walk threw the mud or dirt I have not returned since this ban and I will not return until the ban is lifted...

The Derby Greenway is a poor excuse for a bike trail. Although paved throughout, it is very narrow and dominated by walkers. Joggers, people with strollers and dog walkers. Even the most novice of bikers will find the constant stops and near accidents quite annoying.

This is a wonderful trail, quiet even though it is near several busy streets. There is nothing wrong with the actual trail. I take exception to the new rules added to its use. I had frequented this trail prior to my daughter's birth. I chose to come walk today, one of the last warm days of the season to get back into shape, only to be turned back home due to the new ban on dogs. It is unfortunate that this country constantly penalizes the good, responsible people because they aren't able to control the irresponsible ones. And what bothers me most, they had set up stations back in 2006 for dog waste baggies, but I knew they were not refilled often and would be empty on a regular basis. This trail had the ability to prevent this ban but obviously, it wasn't a priority. I also never saw anyone monitoring the trail to fine the irresponsible owners who left their dogs waste behind. I brought my own bags, as always and was even praised by the person who warned me they changed the rules. That is why I am disappointed in this trail.

The Derby Greenway is currently a very short trail, but it is very well maintained and has the potential to become a great bike trail. At it's current length, a cyclist can bike the entire trail and back in about 15 minutes. Plans are currently underway to extend the trail at both ends. I can't wait!

This is a popular trail with area walkers and is worth a try. Keep in mind that because the trail is built on top of a flood control dyke, there is virtually no protection from the elements. In the summer, this means you will walk under blazing sun most of the way. In the winter, there is nothing to stop the wind from chilling you. The noise along Rt. 8 can grow tiresome. It will be interesting to see how this trail evolves as other towns extend it. Personally, I would rather walk someplace where there is some shade.

"Looks like someone beat me to the punch and posted their beatiful pics!

There are tenth of a mile indicators along the pavement the entire way. There are even little unpaved spurs that will eventually become part of the greenway that I explored.
It starts at Main and Bridge on the Derby side and ends at the McDonald's and Stop and Shop at First Street where that 100-year-old fountain now rests. The last .8 miles is a straightaway with a fence on both sides and it's high up so it feels like it's a railroad. Beautiful views. The only bad part about the trail, is that it's so new and almost every sign is spraypainted by the local kids. Such a shame.

This is such a great trail with adaptive reuse of the land and when finished won't be a straight line of a trail, but a system of greenways in itself.

If you go to the webpage on this page, you will see a new video up taking you on a virtual tour of the trail."

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