NAUGATUCK RIVER GREENWAY CENTRAL SECTION:
BEACON FALLS-NAUGATUCK-WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT
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Last Updated: August 20, 2018
Length: Naugatuck River Greenway (Naugatuck section); 0.7 miles
Naugatuck River Greenway (Beacon Falls section); 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Naugatuck River Greenway (Naugatuck section); Easy. Flat paved trail.
Naugatuck River Greenway (Beacon Falls section); Easy. Flat paved trail.
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 north from Derby to Torrington along the Naugatuck River, with a short section along the Housatonic River between Derby and Shelton. This trail is a work in progress and currently contains many gaps. See; Naugatuck River Greenway for more information. Check out; Naugatuck River Greenway Northern Section & Naugatuck River Greenway Southern Section .
The Central Section currently includes 2 short sections in the towns of Beacon Falls & Naugatuck. For more information visit; NAUGATUCK RIVER .
Phase 1 slated to start construction in 2020.
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.
Another section is in the planning process.
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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