NEW MILFORD RIVER TRAIL:

NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT

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Last Updated:       February 02, 2024

Length:                 New Milford River Trail: Northern Section; 1.3 miles

                               River Road Section; 3.6 miles

                                New Milford River Trail: Southern Section; 0.2 miles

Difficulty:             New Milford River Trail: Northern Section; Easy. Flat hard packed gravel trail. 

                               River Road Section; Easy. Flat hard packed dirt & gravel road.

                                New Milford River Trail: Southern Section; Easy. Flat paved trail.

Directions:     

Southern Section; From Routes 7 & 202 in New Milford head east o Route 202. Cross the river and Young's Park Rd is on your left. Trailhead is on your left.

Northern Section; From the junction of Routes 7 & 202 in New Milford head north on Route 7 for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Boardman Road and cross the river. The parking lot is on your left. A secondary parking lot is located back across the river off of Route 7, however, the old footbridge over the river is closed, so you'll have to cross the Boardman Road Bridge. To access the River Road parking lot; Continue along Boardman Rd and take your first left on River Rd. Travel just over a mile and spot a dirt road on your left that leads to the parking lot.

The New Milford River Trail currently consists of two sections. The Northern Section is off-road and follows the Housatonic River corridor in the town of New Milford. You can extend your trip North along River Road (low traffic dirt packed road) up to Gaylordsville. The Southern Section travels alongside the Housatonic River through Young's Field. For more information visit; NEW MILFORD RIVER TRAIL .

New Milford River Trail; Southern Section:

Starting from Young's Field Road parking lot in New Milford; The trail begins next to a Kayak launch for the Housatonic River. The paved New Milford River Trail travels North alongside the river. Just past some picnic table the trail turns out to Young's Field Rd and ends after 0.2 miles.

New Milford River Trail; Northern Section:

Starting from Boardman Road parking lot in New Milford [Southern End];  

Note; The old historic Boardman Bridge is located next to the Boardman Road bridge. This lenticular truss structure was built in 1888 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently closed, but will hopefully be restored as a pedestrian bridge.

Head past the gate into Saga Meadows Park traveling North, along an old paved road. Cross over the RR tracks where the trail surface changes to hard packed gravel. The trail travels between the Housatonic River and RR tracks for a bit before pulling away from both and traveling alongside a meadow. Take a sharp left into a Pine forest at 0.6 miles. Follow the signs. You'll hang a right with views of the river below and pass by a small pond.

Note; A spur trail takes you alongside the pond which has a dock and benches.

Hang a left at the next intersection following the "bike trail" sign. Continue straight at the next intersection up a slight knoll. At your next intersection continue straight past the gate to the River Road parking lot. Sign board here. If you head out the dirt road you'll come to River Road after 1.3 miles.

Note; You can head left, North, on-road along hard packed dirt & gravel River Road (low traffic) to extend your ride. It travels between the river and RR tracks, is wooded and isolated. After 2.9 miles the road becomes more residential and turns into Riverview Rd before coming to Route 7 in Gaylordsville after 3.6 miles

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