2016 Press Release
September 20, 2016
DEEP State Parks Announces New On-Line Trail Map
The ďCT Rail Trail ExplorerĒ highlights State Park Rail Trails
Thereís a new, high-tech way to plan your next adventure in Connecticutís great outdoors: itís the online CT Rail Trail Explorer.
The Connecticut Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Transportation (DOT) have launched CT Rail Trail Explorer to provide all the information people need to plan a few hours Ė or even a day - on the stateís expansive network of rail trails.
This new online feature was developed by DEEPís State Parks Trails & Greenways Program in cooperation with DOTís Transportation Alternatives Program to guide visitors to trails that provide a great way to easily explore some of CT's unique landscapes on foot, bike or horse back. Users can interactively plan their visit by either clicking on a State Park Trail logo or from an interactive map.
Users can plan their trip by asking to see how many miles they have to travel from a parking lot of choice to a destination, or measure distances between parking lots or other trail features of interest.
They can also find the parking area nearest to them and get directions. There is an option to print out a map once they have settled on a route. Other map functions include a user generated profile map of trail elevations along a selected route; photographs of sites along the trails and parking areas; links to associated State Park maps and websites for more details.
In addition to being a great resource for CT trail users, The CT Rail Trail Explorer is a pilot project for a central source of trail use planning information. The project was supported in part by funding provided by the Federal Highway Administrationís National Recreational Trails Program administered by the CT DEEP in partnership with the CT DOTís Transportation Alternatives Program and designed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Rail Trails in CT
There are four State Park Rail Trails in our state: the Air Line, Hop River, Moosup Valley, and Larkin.
In addition, many sections of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) are part of our State Park system. The Air Line and the Hop River State Park Rail Trails were re-connected this summer by a restored bridge over the Willimantic River in Windham. The Air Line and Hop River trails are also connected to sections of our Blue Blazed Hiking Trail System. All trails welcome non-motorized multi use and have stone dust surfaces except for the FCHT which is paved.
These rail trails cover 88 miles and pass through the 22 towns of Andover, Bolton, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Hampton, Hampton, Hebron, Lebanon, Manchester, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Southbury, Sterling, Thompson, Vernon, and Windham.
Contact the DEEP CT Recreational Trails & Greenways Program for more information at 860-424-3578.