Shoreline Greenway Trail Takes Part in Trail Census

The Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset Beach State Park is one of 15 trails participating in a study intended to help the state, trail organizations and towns better understand who’s using trails and why, what economic impact trails have on their communities, what amenities users want, and how trails can be most soundly built and maintained. IMG_9027 Crop for SGT

Information from the Connecticut Trail Census, which will be conducted through the end of 2017, will be made public. It is expected to provide trail advocates with data to help promote the value of trails in their communities.

Data is being collected around the clock by an infrared counter at Hammonasset, with analysis done in waves throughout the year. A team of trained SGT volunteers is assisting the project by monitoring and calibrating the counter and by conducting face-to-face surveys on the trail. The raw data collected to date suggests that the Hammonasset section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is one of the most heavily used in the state.

The sites participating are all paved or crushed stone, multi-use trails. They were chosen for the program based on their leadership, volunteer participation, ability to administer counters and collect data, connections to other trails and amenities, trail length, and demonstration of how trail managers plan to use and communicate the data collected.

The census is being conducted in a partnership involving the Connecticut Greenways Council; Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments; UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Department of Extension and the Center for Land Use Education and Research; and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

If you’d like to be part of the project, especially by helping conduct on-site user surveys, contact Ginny Raff, chairperson of the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Madison team.

Garden Club of Madison donates plantings to the Trail

Garden Club of Madison donated plantings for the Hammonasset trail section. Photo credit: Cathy Marsh Photography

Garden Club of Madison donated plantings for the Hammonasset trail section. Photo credit: Cathy Marsh Photography

A big thanks to the Garden Club of Madison for donating plantings to the Madison section of the Trail!

Members of the Garden Club, including President Jody Godbout recently watched the installation of the native planting material chosen to soften the walkway area at Hammonassett State Park. Landscape architect Barbara Yaeger donated her services to design the planting being installed. Pictured here (all from Madison) are Perry Rianhard who leads trail development in Madison, Susan Rianhard GCM, Jodie Godbout, President GCM, Lee Haines GCM, Ted Raff, a trail volunteer, Meg Mack GCM, Barbara Yaeger, and Steven Mack, a trail volunteer. For more and

Thanks to Cathy Marsh Photography for the beautiful photo!

In April, En Plein Air Returns to the Trail!

Painters work on pieces along the Hammonasset Beach State Park section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Madison



Saturday, April 2nd
10:00 am
 Hammonasset Section
Madison, CT

We will walk the beautiful Hammonasset  section — about 2 miles round trip, pretty easy, through forest and along salt marsh shores.  The wall will feature artists painting en plein air along the trail as we stroll by and stop and chat about their work.   The walk will start at the eastern trailhead parking lot just east of the entrance to Hammonasset Beach State Park. Exit 62 from I95.  South to Route 1.  Left on Route 1.  First right into the parking lot.

For more information, contact Ginny Raff at or 203-318-9649.  Artists who want to participate should email Ginny for details.

Madison Trail Extension Nearly Complete


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.