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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 6 miles are completed in Wilton and Norwalk.
In Wilton, at the current northern end of the trail, a segment goes from Wilton High School south to Ridgefield Road, paralleling Danbury Road. A highlight of this section is its passage through Lovers Lane Open Space and Merwin Meadows Park, where the trail is wooded and close to the Norwalk River.
After a short gap, the trail picks up again farther south at the Wilton River Park Shopping Center and closely follows River Road down to Horseshoe Park, which is centered around a large pond.
East of those segments, another portion of the trail picks up on the south side of Sharp Hill Road and winds through a heavily wooded corridor to its end at Danbury Road.
The segment in Norwalk is the trail’s longest completed portion. It begins in Union Park and traverses Mathews Park with access to several popular attractions, including the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Stepping Stones Museum, and Center for Contemporary Print Making. From there, the trail heads south and continues through Oyster Shell Park, a sprawling riverfront greenspace dotted with public art. The trail ends near the southern tip of the park, at the intersection of N. Water Street and Ann Street, where travelers will find access to restaurants and entertainment.
In 2018, construction is expected to begin on Redding's first section of the trail. Dubbed the Redding Mile, it will run from Fire Hill to Pickett’s Ridge Road.
In Wilton, parking can be found in Merwin Meadows Park (180 School Road).
In Norwalk, the trail can be accessed on the north side of Norwalk Maritime Aquarium and also from Mathews Park and Union Park.
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