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 CT Trails Symposium - Registration is now open!  The Symposium will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in partnership with and held on the East Hartford Campus of Goodwin College from 9am-3pm.  Trails have become a new type of Town Green, a place where all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax and even commute or travel together.  This year we offer sessions that focus on how trails can connect our communities, integrate people and help your town thrive.

You can also view selected presentations from past events held at Middlesex Community College and Goodwin College.

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 2018 is Tuesday, May 1.

Annual Greenways Awards and Celebration - In conjunction with National Trails Day on Friday, June 1, 2018, the event will be held in Ledyard at the Nathan Lester House, and celebrates the Great Oak Greenway, the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Join us!  Agenda. Awards to be presented.  Awards presented from 1999 to 2017.

Content last updated September 18, 2018