Shoreline Greenway Trail

Connecticut

Shoreline Greenway Trail Facts

States: Connecticut
Counties: New Haven
Length: 2.3 miles
Trail end points: Lighthouse Point (East Haven) and Hammonasset State Park (Madison)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6061976
Trail activities: Bike, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Shoreline Greenway Trail Description

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 centers, train stations, and hiking trails in East Haven, Branford, Guilford, and Madison.

Along the way, views of the water, forests, meadows, and marshes can be enjoyed. Where possible, the trail will be surfaced with distinctive crushed pink granite from a local quarry in Stony Creek. Benches are currently available on the trail and interpretive signage on the area's unique history and geology, as well as birdwatching stations, are planned for the future.

Although many parts of the trail have been cleared for walking and see regular use, the trail is surfaced and fully completed in these sections:

East Haven

0.2: This section, suitable for walking and biking, winds through a heavily wooded area from Hoop Pole Lane and Mansfield Grove Road to D.C. Moore School.

Branford (two sections)

0.8 mile: Known locally as the Branford Trolley Trail, this section stretches between the communities of Stony Creek and Pine Orchard along a former trolley line, offering pleasant views of the harbor.

0.3 mile: This short, but scenic stretch from Birch Road to Pine Orchard Road goes through woodlands and past community gardens.

Madison

1 mile: This section leads trail-goers through a section of Hammonasset Beach State Park with views of woodlands, marshes, and a tidal stream.

Parking and Trail Access

East Haven: A parking lot is available at the corner of Hoop Pole Lane and Mansfield Grove Road.

Branford: Parking for the Trolley Trail is offered at both ends: at Tilcon Road and off Thimble Island Road. A parking lot for the other Branford trail section is available near its east end off Birch Road.

Madison: Parking is available in Hammonasset Beach State Park (1288 Boston Post Road).

 

 

Shoreline Greenway Trail Reviews

I'm horrified at the grading and filling done in some areas in Branford and Madison for this trail! Bikeways are nice but it is not ok alter natural areas and intact forests just so people can take a bike ride! Use this money to make the roads safer for bikes. Please stop destroying natural areas for recreational biking!

The Madison section in Hammonasset State Beach Park is beautiful and well worth a visit. Park in the dedicated parking lot just east of the Park entrance on Route 1.
Views of marshes and Long Island Sound.
I can't wait for the Trail to be completed all the way to New Haven!

Great trail

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