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Coming in at just under 3 miles, the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway is anchored by the towns of Winchester to the north and Torrington to the south. It occupies the right-of-way of the Naugatuck Division of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Locomotives once hauled freight and carried passengers between Bridgeport and Winsted (an unincorporated community within Winchester). Following a slow decline in demand, rail service was discontinued in 1958 and the stretch between Torrington and Winsted was left fallow. The current incarnation of the Naugatuck Division offers seasonal themed excursions that run from Waterbury to Winsted.
At the Winchester trailhead, a ribbon of smooth, flat asphalt cuts through riparian wetland, with the Still River gliding quietly behind a screen of bushes and colorful wildflowers. Just before the intersection with Pinewoods Road, you will see a trailside kiosk and memorial plaque. Benches here and at intervals along the way provide respite. Crossings are well marked, but they are at grade so use caution.
About a mile in, the trail begins to parallel Winsted Road, although the wall of wetland flora continues on your left, sandwiching the trail user between nature and civilization. Another 0.75 mile brings you to the Greenwoods Road intersection, past which you will find yourself in the tiny village of Burrville. There are a couple more minor road crossings before the trail terminates at the Harris Drive trailhead in Torrington.
Young and old alike will enjoy this scenic, family-friendly trail. Even if you go solo, don’t be surprised if you have company; bunnies are a common sight and source of delight along the path. In your peripheral vision, you might catch a deer loping into the cover of trees in the surrounding protected lands. Perhaps the only downside to the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway is that it’s relatively short, but even that is bound to change with planned extensions into downtown Winsted and Torrington.
To reach the northern trailhead from I-84, take Exit 20 and merge onto CT 8 toward Torrington. Continue on CT 8 for 21.3 miles, then take Exit 45 to Kennedy Road. Make a left onto Kennedy, followed in 0.2 mile by a right turn onto Winsted Road. Go 4 miles on Winsted Road to where it crosses the town line into Winchester and turns into Torrington Road. Stay on Torrington Road 0.5 mile and then turn right onto Lanson Dr. The trailhead will be on your right.
To reach the southern trailhead in Torrington from I-84, take Exit 20 and merge onto CT 8 toward Torrington. Continue on CT 8 for 21.3 miles, then take Exit 45 to Kennedy Road. Make a left onto Kennedy, followed in 0.2 mile by a right turn onto Winsted Road. Go 1.6 miles north and turn right onto Harris Dr.
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