Walking Along the Trolley Trail

SGT Branford Walk March 2016More than 30 walkers joined us on the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) in Branford on March 5th for our First Saturday walk.

Leaving from the West Point Road ball field in Stony Creek, we walked on the Trolley Trail across the marsh, crossing the tracks of the Branford Steam Railroad and continuing along a finished section of the trail paralleling Tilcon Road. Returning along the same route, we took a side trail up to visit the Vedder monument. This is an inscribed plaque commemorating Branford resident Jennie Vedder, who donated the surrounding 27 acres to the Branford Land Trust. Vedder taught school in Branford and wrote poetry, and one of her poems appears on the plaque.

It was a clear, sunny day and the walkers enjoyed spectacular views over the marsh to the Thimble Islands and across the Sound to Long Island. Leo Cristofar led the 2.5 mile round-trip hike, assisted by Judy Miller, SGT Chairperson, and Chet Blomquist, Co-chair of the Branford section of the SGT.

‘First Saturday’ Walk, March 5th, 10 am in Branford

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Shoreline Greenway Trail, Branford, CT.

Join us for an early look at spring from the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  The walk starts at 10 am.   We will start at the ball field on West Point Road in Stony Creek, cross the Trolley Trail and continue parallel to Tilcon Road and back the same way. Weather permitting, we will do the loop up to the Vedder Monument. Hopefully we will see some ospreys in their nest along the Trolley Trail! Directions: Take exit 56 off of I-95 and turn south on Leete’s Island Road. At stop sign at intersection near liquor store, take Thimble Island Road, continuing south towards the water. After crossing under RR tracks, take first right onto West Point Road. Park at ball field, where we will start the walk. Questions: contact Leo Cristofer at 203-214-5824.  Find on Google Maps

Branford Town Meeting – March 15, 2015

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The Branford Shoreline Greenway Trial team invites you to come to our Shoreline Greenway Trail Town meeting on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00-3:30 at the James Blackstone Memorial Library Auditorium.   [Read more…]

Cold and Snowy 1st Saturday Winter Walk

Vin Kiernan and Sadie on Branford walk.

Vin Kiernan and Sadie on Branford walk.

Trudy Kiaunis and Garry Radiulovitch enjoying the cold Branford walk

Trudy Kiaunis and Garry Radiulovitch enjoying the cold Branford walk

Undaunted by the cold weather and light snow that began as we walked on February 7, 2015, sixteen hardy walkers met at the West Point Field parking lot and walked along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail, part of the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  Chet Blomquist led the walk, telling stories as he went about the history of the area.
 As the accompanying photos indicate, the scenery had that special beauty of marshes in winter.  Chet pointed out the Tilcon section of the SGT trail and talked about plans for connecting  Stony Creek and Branford Center, including the train station, via a trail that will be as much as possible off road.

Chet leading the walkers home

Chet leading the walkers home