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.  Our 2017 event celebrated the East Coast, Mill and Mianus River Greenways in Stamford at the Government Center. Two new greenways were designated and five awards were presented.  Awards presented from 1999 to 2017.

The CT Trails Symposium - is an annual event typically held in October.  You can view selected presentations from past events held at Middlesex Community College and Goodwin College.

Content last updated November 22, 2017