Rail Trails of Connecticut

. Rail Trails of Rhode Island
Rail trail, Access trail, Road bike, Live rail, Historic route.

New England Covered Bridges
New England Covered Bridges
Maps, lists, directions and nearby trails to New England's covered bridges.

Flat and wide trails criss-cross the state through woodland, past ponds, along rivers, over historic bridges and between charming small towns. Often separated from road traffic by miles, these routes once carried steam trains but now offer tranquility and a way to explore New England like never before.

Rail Trails - Enjoyed daily by hikers, cyclists, horse riders and more. Choose a state from the top of the map and we have lists of all the rail trails complete with trail lengths, elevation gain, trail conditions and maps you can download to your phone.

dark gray icon Live Rail - Walking along railroad track is not only illegal but dangerous, including track that you might believe to be inactive.

light gray icon Historic Rail - Track may remain, or might have been removed decades ago. Some sections have been built over and others cross private property and are not accessible to the public. Traces of long-gone railroads can also be a valuable resource to help towns and trail planners identify and resurrect old railroad routes as new public parks and trails.

Trailspotting doesn't stop here. We are exploring every rail trail and providing individual rail trail reviews that include detailed route mapping and photography. Links to rail trail reviews for Connecticut are shown below and you can see our latest rail trail reviews using the link at the bottom of the page.

Rail Trail Review Length Gain Cond
Air LineMap47.4 mi2060, 1190
Air Line Colchester SpurMap3.5 mi110, 50
Air Line NorthMap6 mi140, 320
Billings Ashpohtag RdMap0.7 mi30, 50
Billings Grantville RdMap0.8 mi20, 60
Billings North StMap0.8 mi50, 20
Bloomfield GreenwayMap2.3 mi110, 40
Branford TrolleyMap0.7 mi20, 30
Cheney Rail TrailMap1.8 mi70, 30
CT FastrakMap4.3 mi140, 10
Farmington Canal HeritageMap22.7 mi360, 500
Farmington Canal Heritage NorthMap22.4 mi590, 620
Farmington River CantonMap1.8 mi60, 30
Farmington River SimsburyMap3 mi20, 140
Farmington River UnionvilleMap7.4 mi160, 210
G&S TrolleyMap1.1 mi50, 60
Hop River SP Rockville SpurMap4 mi90, 150
Hop River SP TrailMap20.1 mi520, 700
Kress FamilyMap3.1 mi70, 160
Lakeville Railroad RambleMap2.1 mi30, 30
Larkin SPMap10.5 mi450, 470
Litchfield Community GreenwayMap1.7 mi30, 20
MattabessetMap1.2 mi50, 50
Middlebury GreenwayMap4.5 mi190, 510
Moosup Valley Rail TrailMap7.3 mi220, 120
Niantic Bay BoardwalkMap1 mi0, 20
Pequonnock River SouthMap1 mi0, 30
Pequonnock River ValleyMap9.2 mi110, 310
Quinnipiac River Gorge aka Hanover PondMap2.4 mi70, 40
RidgefieldMap2.3 mi0, 200
Still River Greenway aka Sue GrossmanMap2.8 mi70, 10
Woodbury Trolley BedMap1.8 mi350, 10

Gain - Elevation gain (ft) moving West to East or North to South. Second number is return gain.
Good - Asphalt or hardpack trail conditions
OK - Occasionally rough surface
Rough - Hiking & mountain/rugged bikes

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