DEEP: Greenways

Come Explore Connecticut's Greenways

{Photograph from the Blue Blazed Trail on the Metacomet Ridge} {Photograph of Eight Mile River Greenway} {Photograph of historic lock on Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway} {Photograph of Colchester Air Line State Park Trail}

"Greenway" means a corridor of open space that (1) may protect natural resources, preserve scenic landscapes and historical resources or offer opportunities for recreation or nonmotorized transportation, (2) may connect existing protected areas and provide access to the outdoors, (3) may be located along a defining natural feature, such as a waterway, along a man-made corridor, including an unused right-of-way, traditional trail routes or historic barge canals or (4) may be a greenspace along a highway or around a village. (CGS section 23-100)

The New England Trail, A National Scenic Trail - CT's second National Scenic Trail designation is a 200-mile trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. It travels through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Nominate Your Greenway for Official Designation - The Connecticut Greenways Council solicits nominations every February for official state greenway designation. Potential applicants are welcome to submit pre-proposals anytime to allow for discussions with CGC members and facilitation of new greenway designations when appropriate.  The deadline for 2017 was Monday, May 1.

Annual Greenways Awards and Celebration - is held in conjunction with National Trails Day in June.  This year's event will celebrate the East Coast, Mill and Mianus River Greenways in Stamford at the Government Center.  Event details.

CT Trails Symposium October 20, 2016 -  The CT Greenways Council, in partnership with Middlesex Community College’s Environmental Science Program, held this symposium to empower our community leaders by showing them how and why to be trail advocates within their communities.  The symposium illustrated through local examples and testimonials, the real benefits recreational trails are providing in CT communities and addressed concerns or road blocks that may prevent a community from building trails. Agenda.  The CT Greenways Council plans to hold the symposium annually.

Content last updated May 10, 2017