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.
Nearly a dozen Shoreline Greenway Trail volunteers turned out in Branford and Guilford on an unexpectedly beautiful Sunday, October 4, to support Branford Community Television’s (BCTV’s) Tour de Branford fundraising bike ride. We provided volunteers to staff rest stops and road crossings in both towns, and we had a table promoting the Trail at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, where the ride—which attracted about 200 riders from 30 towns—began and ended. Dozens of people visited our table, and several people who visited the Guilford rest stop expressed interest in volunteering. Thanks to all who pitched in!
See our new Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead kiosk and learn about the rain garden planted in our parking lot this summer by Eagle Scout candidate Eric Weidman. Then walk the trail through the beautiful Hammonasset Beach State Park to the area where work is underway on our new segment of trail down to Webster Point Road alongside Route One. Spectacular marsh views and bird watching. Very easy, a few minor hills, 2 miles round trip, one hour. Directions: Meet at 10am at the SGT eastern trailhead parking lot off Route One just east of the Park entrance road. Exit 62 from I95 South to Route 1. Left on Route 1. Right into park service road and SGT parking lot. Questions: email@example.com
Saturday, August 1st, 9:00 am, Guilford. (Please note SGT walk postcard listed incorrect date.) Hike with your dog! Grab your best four legged friend and join us for a hike at the East River Preserve, a 583-acre conservation area purchased by the Town of Guilford in 2009. We’ll hit the Blue Trail, which goes through open meadows and tree covered trails. Dogs must be on leash and socialized to walk with other animals. Please bring water for you and your pet and don’t forget poop bags. Meet by the bridge at the end of Sullivan Drive. Parking is limited so please car pool. Contact: Jo-Anne Basile, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the morning of July 4th, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 40 adults and children joined members of the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) to walk almost 3 miles on sections of the trail starting from the Tilcon Railroad Tracks. In honor of the holiday, American flags were distributed to all who came; some carried them on the hike, while others had them waving from their hats.
The first section of the Trail paralleled Tilcon Road and from there we walked up Totoket Road to Young Park, where co-chair Chet Blomquist talked about the bluebird boxes that were posted years ago along the edges of the field. He opened one so that the fascinated onlookers could view two young bluebirds.
We continued past the pond where we saw a regal swan, through the park to Birch Road, then crossed to the next section which runs to Pine Orchard Road.
We stopped just short of Pine Orchard Road to view the outdoor environmental classroom that was recently cleaned up by a group of Boy Scouts under the direction of Eagle Scout Charles Slate. Across the trail from the classroom we also visited Nature’s Garden, which is currently under renovation by Sound School student Luke Boyle. There we viewed a beautiful sundial and had a look at the community gardens.
From there it was back along the trails to our starting point, concluding 2 hours of exercise, fresh air, and learning about the trail and its nearby sights. A fun way to start celebrating our national holiday. Our thanks to all who came to celebrate with us!