LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY GREENWAY:
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Last Updated: November 17, 2020
Length: Litchfield Community Greenway; 1.9+ miles?
Difficulty: Easy. Flat. Whites Memorial Section; Hard packed dirt, grass and gravel trail. Litchfield Community Greenway; Crushed gravel. Mt Bike recommended.
To Start from Bissell Road (White Memorial); Follow Route 202 either south from Litchfield (approximately 2 miles) or north from Bantam (approximately 1.3 miles) to Bissell Rd and the entrance for White Memorial. Follow Bissell Rd to your first pull over on your left. Map board for White Memorial located here. More parking pullovers along the road.
The Litchfield Community Greenway follows portions of the old Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern RR, a short independent RR that was chartered as the Shepaug Valley Railroad in 1868 and operated from 1872 to 1891 when it was taken over by the Housatonic Railroad. In 1898 the Housatonic operation was assumed by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH). As the Litchfield Division of the NH the line was operated until abandonment in 1948. For more information visit; LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY GREENWAY and WHITE MEMORIAL CONSERVATION CENTER .
Phase 3: Construct a boardwalk along Bissell Road as we approach Whitehall Road and Route 202. 2020.
Phase 4: Continue the Greenway to the borough of Bantam.
Starting from Bissell Road (White Memorial); Map board for White Memorial located here.
Note; I haven't checked out this section. I believe this is where a new cross-walk is slated and a boardwalk alongside Bissell Rd? If you travel on-road northeast along Bissell Rd, then turn left along Whitehall Rd just before Route 202 you should rejoin the wide stone-dust trail on your right after 0.2 miles. Here the trail heads left (southwest) alongside Route 202 crossing a bridge over the Butternut Brook after 0.4 miles. I believe the trail extends to North Shore Rd? There may be a boardwalk along this section? I believe there is parking alongside Route 202?
From Bissell Road travel past the gate along a hard packed dirt, grass and gravel trail through a wooded corridor. Some root issues. Lots of intersecting paths. Green triangular signs mark the route. Turn right at the intersection. Come to another intersection after 0.3 miles.
Note; Right leads to a second parking area off Bissell Rd. Another map board.
Continue straight past Duck Pond ,where a boardwalk heads left around it (No Bikes). Head left at the next intersection at 0.6 miles.
Note; Right leads to a parking area off Whites Wood Rd. Another map board.
Stay straight along this next section which will take you out of the woods and along Mallard Marsh at 0.8 miles. Crushed gravel trail here. Pass another map board as you exit the marsh. To your left you'll spot where the old RR bed traveled through the marsh. Cross Whites Wood Rd and you'll come to a Litchfield Community Greenway map at 1 mile. Here the crushed gravel trail follows the old RR bed along a causeway through more marsh. Pass a cemetery along your right before reaching the currant end of the trail after 1.5 miles at the intersection of Whites Wood Rd, Lake St and Russell St. Map board and benches here.
Note; The old rail bed continues alongside Russell Rd but has not been developed yet. If you travel on-road along Russell Rd (dirt and gravel), past the DPW where the road is paved you'll pass the old RR Depot before coming to Route 202 in Litchfield after 2.1 miles. This is where the trail hopes to connect to in the future.
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