MATTABESETT TROLLEY TRAIL:
WESTLAKE AREA BIKEWAY:
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Last Updated: August 9, 2015
Length: Mattabesett Trolley Trail; 1.8 miles
Tuttle & Moss Glen Roads Loop; 1.2 miles
Westlake Area Bikeway; 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Mattabesett Trolley Trail; Easy. Paved rail trail.
Tuttle & Moss Glen Roads Loop; Moderate. Paved trail with a hill.
Westlake Area Bikeway; Moderate. Paved trail with some steep hills.
To start from the Millennium Industrial Park; From I-91take exit 21to Route 372 westbound. Turn left onto Middle St after crossing over the Mattabesett River. The trail starts just past the entrance for Aetna and the parking area is just past the trail on your right.
To start from Cucia Park; From I-91 take exit 21to Route 372. Take Industrial Park Road which is located on the west side of I-91, across from the exit ramp. Take a right onto Smith St and a quick left into the park.
The Westlake Area Bikeway travels alongside roadways and connects to the Mattabesett Trolley Trail which travels through the woods and alongside the Mattabesett River. Part of this trail utilizes the rail bed from the old Mattabesett Trolley Line. At the end of the Mattabesett Trolley Trail the Tuttle & Moss Glen Roads Loop picks up looping you back to the middle of the Mattabesett Trolley Trail.
Starting from the Millennium Industrial Park; Cross over to the start of the Westlake Area Bikeway next to an entrance for Aetna. Head south down the paved trail alongside Middle St. At the bottom of this hill turn left alongside Smith St. This section is a little nicer with a bit more greenway. After 0.7 miles you'll pass a crosswalk that brings you to Cucia Park. After traveling underneath I-91 you'll head uphill and hang a left along Westlake Drive where you begin a gradual assent through this townhouse heavy neighborhood. You'll crest this hill at 1.7 miles and start a long descent. When you reach the bottom of the hill and the paved trail turns to sidewalk you've reached the end of the trail after 2.2 miles. A crosswalk will then lead you over to the start of the Mattabesett Trolley Trail. After traveling alongside Russet Lane for a short distance the trail turns north and passes by West Lake. Continuing along the trail, you'll come to a sharp curve and the old trolley bed. Left (west) the old hard packed dirt rail bed heads into the woods.
Note; If you detour down this hard packed trail it will bring you to an old trestle bridge over the Mattabesett River. Use caution as there is no longer any bridge decking.
Continue right (east) along the paved trail which takes you underneath Route 217 next to the Mattabesett River. The trail then turns back into the woods. You come to an intersection at 3.3 miles for Moss Glen Road.
Note; You can loop back to the trail here if you follow the Tuttle & Moss Glen Roads Loop from the end of the Mattabesett Trolley Trail.
Continuing straight you'll pass by the river again before heading inland where the trail ends after 4 miles at Tuttle Pl.
Note; The Tuttle & Moss Glen Roads Loop begins here. Follow the bike lane out to Tuttle Rd and head right along the paved trail. A bit of a hill follows. Come to Moss Glen Rd and continue right downhill along the paved trail. This returns you to the Mattabesett Trolley Trail at 5.2 miles.
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