NAUGATUCK RIVER GREENWAY:
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Last Updated: August 20, 2018
Length: Naugatuck River Greenway (Torrington section); 0.5 miles
Naugatuck River Greenway (Naugatuck section); 0.7 miles
Naugatuck River Greenway (Beacon Falls section); 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Naugatuck River Greenway (Torrington section); Easy. Relatively flat packed gravel trail.
Naugatuck River Greenway (Naugatuck section); Easy. Flat paved trail.
Naugatuck River Greenway (Beacon Falls section); Easy. Flat paved trail.
For the Torrington Section; From Route 8
For the Naugatuck Section; From Route 8 southbound take exit 27 to Maple St and turn left. Get back on Route 8 northbound and take exit 27 to Calvin St. Turn left and travel underneath Route 8. Just before the on-ramp turn right into Linden Park.
For the Beacon Falls Section;
From Route 8 northbound take exit 23 and turn right on S Main St. Follow 1.2 miles and do a U-turn onto N Main St heading south. Take an immediate right between the Senior Center and Fire Department to Volunteer Park.
From Route 8 southbound take exit 24 and turn right on N Main St. Take an immediate right between the Senior Center and Fire Department to Volunteer Park.
The Naugatuck River Greenway is a planned 44 mile trail running south from Torrington to Derby along the Naugatuck River, with a short section along the Housatonic River between Derby and Shelton. Currently short sections have been constructed in Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. In Ansonia, Derby and Shelton previously built trails will become part of the regional Naugatuck River Greenway. See; Derby Greenway/Ansonia Riverwalk/Shelton Riverwalk . For more information visit; NAUGATUCK RIVER .
Starting from the Toro Sports Complex; The Naugatuck River is on your right. The wide packed gravel trail follows an open corridor into the woods following the river. The trail currently (As of August 2018) after only 0.5 miles next to the Town Water Treatment plant. The trail will be extended south to Lower Bogue St in the future. There are also plans to continue the trail north to Franklin St downtown.
Starting from Linden Park; The paved trail begins near the park entrance where you'll find a nice promenade over looking the Naugatuck River, alongside an informational and map board. The trail continues through the park above the river passing by a skateboard park, ball courts and playground. More informational signs are scattered along the trail. A Porto-potty is located next to the playground.
Note; At 0.4 miles a trail on your right loops back through the park.
The trail then leaves the park behind and travels just below Route 8 before coming to a pedestrian bridge across the river.
Note; A narrow path to your right takes you underneath Route 8 and out to Main St.
Crossing the iron General Pulaski Bridge brings you over to Bridge St at 0.7 miles. Future plans call for continuing the trail north along the western side of the river.
BEACON FALLS SECTION:
Starting from Volunteer Park; A promenade overlooks the Naugatuck River, along with a few informational signs. Head back out to Main St and turn right. Currently you'll need to ride on-road or on the wide sidewalk down to Depot St and Veterans Park.
Note; I recommend a detour right to the 1935 green trestle bridge over the river. Nice views. This will also bring you to the Beacon Falls Metro Station .
A crosswalk over Depot St brings you to the paved trail as it travels between the river and Main St at 0.2 miles. After 0.5 miles the trail currently ends next to a cross-light over Main St to Bethany Rd.
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