Trail Closing

The Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset Beach State Park will be closed to public access from Monday April 24th to Friday April 28th due to utility construction taking place across the section of the trail near the campground.  To ensure the safety of the public, this area of the trail must be temporarily closed until the work is completed and the trail section is restored. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

We will post a new notice here when the work is complete.

Madison Senior Center Walks on the Trail

The Madison Senior Center is organizing a walk along the Hammonasset Beach State Park section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail every Wednesday morning. Weather permitting, meet at 10 a.m. at the SGT parking lot just east of the park entrance on Route 1.IMG_7091

Madison Trail Extension Nearly Complete

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The new section connects Hammonasset Beach State Park with Madison’s Webster Point Road (Susan Rianhard photo)

A westward extension of the Shoreline Greenway Trail from Hammonasset Beach State Park is nearly complete. The 750-foot extension, connecting the existing one-mile trail in Hammonasset with Webster Point Road, is open and ready for use while we put a few finishing touches on it.  Walkers, hikers and bikers can now use the trail and local roads rather than a dangerous stretch of Route 1 to travel between Hammonasset State Park, downtown Madison, Madison’s beaches, shoreline recreational facilities and tourist destinations.

Webster Point Road extension bridge with Perry Rainhard

A cyclist stopped by to say hello to Perry Rianhard, SGT Trailmaster, as he worked on the bridge of the trail section connecting Hammonasset Beach State Park to Webster Point Road.

Eagle Candidate Installs Rain Garden at Trailhead

Eric's team at work

Eric’s team at work

There is a new rain garden in the trailhead parking lot in Madison, and soon there will be a new Eagle Scout in Guilford. For his Eagle project Guilford Boy Scout Eric Weidman successfully sought donations of plant materials from a variety of sources. Clinton Nurseries and Susan Conlan donated trees and shrubbery, Hammonasset Park provided mulch, and Van Wilgen’s offered a discount. He marshaled a small army of other scouts, friends, and family, and finally in two and a half hours on Father’s Day Eric and his team planted the garden, a spectacular accomplishment!

Landscape architect Barbara Yaeger volunteered to mentor Eric as he worked on his project. The design for the rain garden was created by Yaeger in collaboration with Madison Director of Public Works and Town Engineer Mike Ott, who volunteered to design the parking lot.

Eric directs the placement of trees.

Eric in foreground directs the placement of trees.

What is a rain garden and why have one in the parking lot, you might ask. Rainwater washing across a parking lot carries a variety of pollutants such as fertilizer, bacteria, debris, toxic chemicals, and other substances. In addition, fresh water pouring into the salt marsh alters the salinity and threatens the survival of the marsh.

For our rain garden Yaeger selected plants for their ability to tolerate wetness after storms and dryness during intervals between storms. When it rains, water from the lot runs into the rain garden catching sediment, pollutants, and bacteria before they get to the nearby salt marsh. As the storm water filters through the soil, it is mostly absorbed by the plants while they take up nitrogen and phosphorus as well.

A view of the finished product

A view of the finished product

So next time you park in the trailhead parking lot at Hammonasset Park, be sure to take note of the beauty and the science of the rain garden.

If you want more information about rain gardens, here is a link to a great app click here. And this is a link to a brochure with guidance and plant lists click here