Shoreline Greenway Trail is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
Shoreline Greenway Trail hosts group walks and bike rides on the first Saturday of each month in one of our towns –Madison, Guilford, Branford and East Haven — on a rotating basis. Join us!
OCTOBER 1st, SATURDAY, 10AM MADISON: Join trail leaders on this walk through the beautiful Hammonasset section now stretching all the way to Webster Point Rd. – two miles round trip, pretty easy, through coastal upland forest and along the shores of Long Island Sound. As you stroll along the trail artists will be painting en plein air and chatting about their work. Most of the paintings will be available for sale if you see one you like. The walk will start at the eastern trailhead parking lot just east of the entrance to Hammonasset Park. Take exit 62 from I95. Travel south to Route 1. Turn left on Route 1. Take the first right into the trail parking lot.
NOVEMBER 5th, SATURDAY, 10AM GUILFORD: Take a Walk in West Woods…Great views of Lost Lake and find the remains of the rail bed used to transport granite to and from the Stony Creek Quarry. We will meet at 10 am in the parking lot at corner of Route 146 and Sam Hill Road. More details to be announced on SGT website in October. firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 3rd, SATURDAY, 10AM EAST HAVEN: Join us for a 3.5 mile round trip bike ride led by SGT leader, Sue Stacey. The route is from the Splash Pad Park on Cosey Beach Avenue to granite topped trail at D. C. Moore School onto our newly constructed trail in beautiful Farm River State Park. The route includes some inclines and some sections on town roads. Meet at Splash Pad Park on Cosey Beach Avenue (across from town beach). Helmets required. Questions call Barbara Brow 203-469-9127
On a pleasantly cool late-summer day, more than 30 people from Branford and surrounding towns explored the Tabor Property. Led by Leo Cristofar, we walked the gravel roads used by town workers, then a section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) that is under development, from Chet’s Pond almost to Pine Orchard Road. Next, we circled back on part of the Branford Trail before walking up the road to the top of Ecology Park. Many of the participants were previously unfamiliar with all the trails and sights available in this area. SGT chairperson Judy Miller discussed the need for us to bypass part of the trail that had become overgrown as a result of rapid growth of weeds this summer and a shortage of volunteer trail maintainers but then shared the good news
that clearing of the existing trail and construction of a formal trail through the Tabor property is anticipated to take place next spring. At Ecology Park (the former Branford landfill), we took in panoramic views that included the roof dome of the Blackstone Library, the steeples of churches on the town green, the Branford River, and Long Island Sound. From the top of Ecology Park, part of the group took the road back down while a few intrepid walkers hiked down the steep hill on the north side of the property.
AUGUST 6th, SATURDAY, 10AM EAST HAVEN: Join East Haven town team members for a hike thru picturesque woods along the Shoreline Greenway Trail to a panoramic view of Bradford Preserve. Learn about recent Recreational Trail Grant from the State of Connecticut to build a multi-use (bike and hiking) trail in Farm River State Park. See several species of butterflies, land-based and shorebirds. Then backtrack onto our main granite topped Trail, observe glacial outcroppings, mountain laurel, hickory and tulip trees to East Haven’s SGT Trailhead parking area on Mansfield Grove Road. From the parking area, head east on Pevetty Drive where the Trail in Farm River State Park begins. The park offers views of osprey nests, caves and spectacular water views of Farm River. Two steep areas, l.5 miles, l.5 hours.
Meet at DC Moore Parking lot at 10 am. Directions: From 142 West: left onto Mansfield Grove Road to stop sign, right onto Hoop Pole Lane to second DC Moore School parking lot on left. From Coe Avenue: Left on Myrtle Street, right at stop sign, quick left onto Elliot Street, and right to school parking lot. Find on Google Maps. Questions, call Barbara 203-469-9127